Austin FC has a state-of-the-art $45 million player training facility off Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin. The practice facility is just seven miles (a 10-minute drive) to the stadium.
With little fanfare due to COVID, the shovels hit the dirt on June 22, 2020 to kick off construction. A similarly subdued ribbon cutting officially opened the privately-funded training on April 1, 2021.
Officially called the St. David’s Performance Center, it’s a home away from home for players when not playing in the stadium. Coach Wolff and his soccer operations crew also have permanent offices here. In addition it serves as HQ for the youth academy program under GM Tyson Wahl.
Highlights of the Training Facility
The 23-acre Austin FC complex anchors the new Parmer Pond development, a 300-acre business park with retail, public gathering places, and recreation areas. Of course, as the name implies, it comes complete with an 11-acre pond.
Austin-based firms STG Design and TBG Partners are leading the design of the complex, and Trammell Crow Company is the master developer of the Parmer Pond property, owned by Karlin Real Estate. Like the stadium, Gensler designed Austin FC’s training facility.
Besides four and a half soccer fields, including a super-pitch that has the same turf as Q2 Stadium, two main buildings sit on the Austin FC tract. These buildings have amenities such as cardio and physio equipment, recovery rooms, locker rooms, water therapy and cryogenics, as well as the aforementioned soccer ops offices.
In addition to top notch player training, other potential benefits of this facility include:
- Park & Ride to stadium on match days
- Away game viewing parties
- Recruiting tool for signing new players
- Shows commitment to MLS and ATXFC fans
- Connects youth academy players to first team
As a fan, the best news about the performance center is that some areas will actually be open to the community, including a 1,000-seat spectator stand and concessions perched along one of the soccer fields. Currently, the center is closed indefinitely to the public due to COVID.
Two of Austin FC’s preseason friendlies in “La Copita” tournament will be played at St. David’s Performance Center: Houston Dynamo (4/3) and San Antonio FC (4/10).