We know from front office comments that Austin FC will have a mascot.
Ultimately, you—the community and supporters—will have a big say in picking a mascot.
As Austin FC builds awareness among adults through meetups at breweries and bars, I expect they’ll also begin to “grow the legend” among kids in our community. A youth academy is already going, but a mascot to reach an even younger audience makes perfect sense.
Why have a Mascot?
Two words: free hugs. Still not convinced? Here are five more reasons Austin FC should have a mascot:
- Build team personality/spirit
- Engage young fans
- Entertain the crowd/create excitement
- Act as goodwill ambassador in the community
- Develop fan loyalty
Mascots in MLS
About 70% of MLS teams have a mascot. It’s a diverse group of googly-eyed creatures (and one human), with birds leading the pack.
Not many recent MLS expansion teams have added mascots.
|Los Angeles FC||2018||N/A|
|FC Cincinnati||2019||Gary the Lion|
|Inter Miami CF||2020||N/A|
Mascots in Texas and Austin
In our own ATX, The University of Texas’ Bevo is one of the most recognizable college mascots in the country. We also have mascots repping other local professional sports teams:
- Austin Bold FC / N/A
- Austin Elite Rugby / Dozer
- Austin Spurs / N/A
- Round Rock Express / Spike
- Texas Stars / Ringo the Ringtail
Ideas for an Austin FC Mascot
So come on Austin, think of a mascot for the team. To get those creative juices flowing, here are a few of our ideas:
- Nutmeg the Squirrel
- Knotty by Nature
- Hoooo-ligan the Owl
- Woody the Golden-Cheeked Warbler