Major League Soccer

Austin OKs stadium plan to lure Crew

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Austin City Council has voted to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land sought by the owner of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew for a move to Texas.

Crew owner Anthony Precourt has been courting Austin for a potential move since late 2017 and has sought a deal to build a 20,000-seat stadium on 24 acres of city property in time for the 2021 MLS season. Austin is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a major league sports franchise.

Precourt bought the Crew in 2013, and a move would uproot a bedrock MLS franchise. The 7-4 council vote Wednesday allows city staff to "negotiate and execute" a stadium plan with Precourt Sports Ventures. It was seen as the crucial vote in moving the team.

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