Austin FC is building a state of the art $45 million training facility on E. Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin.
With little fanfare due to COVID-19, the shovels hit the dirt on June 22, 2020 to kick off construction. Like the stadium at McKalla Place, the training facility is expected to be completed by spring 2021 (in time for the MLS season).
Officially called the St. David’s Performance Center, it will be a home away from home for players and staff when not playing in the stadium. All soccer operations staff will be headquartered here. It’ll also serve as HQ for Academy GM Tyson Wahl and the youth academy program.
Highlights of the complex:
The performance center is just a 10-minute drive to the stadium.
The 23-acre Austin FC complex will anchor the new Parmer Pond development, a 300-acre business park with retail and recreation areas. Of course, as the name implies, it comes complete with an 11-acre pond.
Besides the various soccer fields, two buildings will sit on the Austin FC tract. They’ll have amenities such as cardio and physio equipment, recovery 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 level of commitment to MLS and Austin FC fans
- Connects youth academy players to senior first team players
As a fan, the best thing is that parts of the performance center will actually be open to the community, including a 1,000-seat spectator stand perched near the soccer fields.
Do you think you’d ever head over to the training center to catch a practice?