Austin city council expected to vote on MLS stadium

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SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Austin city council is schedule to discuss and eventually vote on a plan to build an MLS stadium Thursday night.

The discussion is expected to begin at around 6:30 p.m.

The plan would have the owner of the Columbus Crew, Precourt Sports Ventures, build a stadium on publicly-own land near The Domain in North Austin.

The team would relocate from Ohio to Austin.

Four Austin lawmakers had suggested amendments to the team’s proposal in an effort they say would better define what the city’s role will be in its relationship with the team.

A passing vote from the Austin city council will likely mean the official end to San Antonio’s pursuit of an MLS team.

Despite the league’s early assurances San Antonio was a strong contender for an expansion franchise — and now the league’s assurances that San Antonio would still be viable even with an Austin team — city and county officials have said having two MLS teams so close to each other in these two markets would not be feasible.

The team and Austin have struggled to find a suitable property for a stadium with McKalla Place the most viable option.  However, roughly half of the council has stated it would prefer pursing other options for the land which they say would be better deals for the city.

The Columbus Crew’s agreement with the league permits the team to only relocate to one city: Austin.

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County purchased Toyota Field with the intention of putting an MLS franchise in the stadium.  The local governments tasked the San Antonio Spurs with making it happen.

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