Austin FC receive record season-ticket deposits for debut MLS season
Austin FC, which will join North America’s Major League Soccer in 2021, have received more than 30,000 deposits for season ticket memberships for the club’s inaugural campaign.
The club recently began taking refundable season-ticket deposits for its first season in MLS and was overwhelmed by the response as its website crashed in the process.
The franchise, owned by Precourt Sports Ventures, the company of chairman and chief executive Anthony Precourt, has secured land in the city for a new $225-million, 20,000-capacity stadium, with construction work to begin later this year.
Fans that do not get a season ticket will be placed on a priority waiting list and will receive “exclusive individual-match benefits that come with placing a membership deposit”.
Austin FC claimed that the flurry of season-ticket reservations “established a new MLS record for the largest number of membership deposits placed in a single day in the history of the league.”
Andy Loughnane, Austin FC’s president, said: “Today’s record-setting deposit results reinforce the strength of the market, the community’s love for the sport, and the pent-up demand for major league sports in Austin.”
He added: “Although we can’t take it for granted, we do anticipate a sold-out environment in year one and beyond.”
Loughnane also noted that a select number of individual game-day tickets will be made available to fans, regardless of the demand for season tickets.
Austin FC will be the city’s first franchise in a major professional sports league, becoming the 27th MLS team in the process. It will join two other Texan MLS teams, FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.
Cincinnati, Ohio joined MLS this year, with Nashville, Tennessee to come on board in 2020 as franchise number 26.
In April, MLS unveiled plans to expand eventually to 30 teams, up from the target of 28 that had been set in 2015.