It’s all about the Longhorns when it comes to sports in Austin, Texas, but professional soccer could soon be on its way to the city.
That, of course, would be the Columbus Crew Soccer Club of the MLS. Crew owner Anthony Precourt is seriously considering moving the franchise from Columbus, Ohio to Austin in time for the 2019 season.
If the move south goes through, the City of Austin could be gifting some land to Precourt in exchange for a privately-funded $200 million stadium, per the Austin American-Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle.
But even if the stadium doesn’t cost taxpayers any money, not everyone is happy about the city giving away land to Precourt so that his vision of taking the Crew to Austin next year can become a reality. And at least one of those opponents was willing to go to extreme lengths in letting everyone know.
According to reporters attending Texas football’s spring practice on Tuesday, a plane with a banner ripping Precourt flew directly over the team’s practice facility for all to see.
The best thing that’s happened at Texas’ first spring practice? A plane flew overhead with a sign that rips the guy wanting to bring the @ColumbusCrewSC to Austin.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 20, 2018
Plane just flew overhead with a sign demanding that Anthony Precourt use his daddy’s money to buy land for a soccer stadium. Not a fan of Austin gifting that real estate. pic.twitter.com/UkHF9bDfmA
— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) March 20, 2018
The Crew has been in Columbus ever since it played its first game in 1996 at Ohio Stadium — home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The franchise received its own stadium in 1999 and has stayed put since, but with the venue now nearly 20-years-old, Precourt wants his team to have a new home.
Several factors have gone into the spark for a potential relocation. According to a report from the Columbus Business Journal, Precourt cited financial struggles and lack of community support in Columbus among major reasons for a potential move to Austin.
McKalla Place north of downtown Austin appears to be the targeted location for a stadium, per the report from the Statesman. The property is 9 miles away from the University of Texas campus.
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