Here’s your guide to getting to the stadium on match day.
With the crush of 20K+ fans all looking to be in their seats by kickoff, you’ll need a good transportation plan.
So whether you’re driving and parking or taking public transit, check out these options to get to the game.
At this time, Austin FC has not officially announced transportation and parking plans. We’ll keep this post updated as more information is released.
Austin FC stadium will only have 835 surface parking spaces onsite.
In the map below, you can see parking limited to an East parking lot and a North “natural” parking area.
On match day, many of these spots will be reserved for Club and Premium season ticket holders, as well as VIP guests, players, staff, and club partners.
So, where will you park?
As of now, parking lots and roads into the stadium are under construction, so there are a lot of unknowns. In addition, club president Andy Loughnane said at the Q2 Stadium ribbon-cutting that new traffic signals will be installed off of both Burnet Road and Braker Lane, presumably for roads leading into the stadium.
At a glance, there appears to be plenty of parking options within a mile of Austin FC. Since the stadium is located in an industrial area, surrounding parking lots and streets are mostly empty on the weekend and at nights (when most games occur). Close-in private lots will likely be manned by parking attendants where you’ll pay a fee to park.
The club could also partner with nearby businesses, such as The Domain or JJ Pickle Research Campus, to offer parking on a large scale.
With so many breweries nearby, maybe these establishments can entice fans to pre-game at their place by offering parking (and partner with each other to provide a shuttle service to the match).
If you plan to go early, and completely miss traffic, then pre-gaming at the North End Beer Hall may be your best bet to get inside the stadium in advance—we’re not sure yet how early the doors will open on game days.
Do you plan to leave the driving to Uber or Lyft?
In the inaugural season of Austin FC the rideshare dropoff will be located along Burnet Rd. But a permanent rideshare dropoff will be at Delta Drive (see yellow dot below) off of Metric Blvd.
Right now, a grassy field and train tracks stand in the way for the most direct route from a planned rideshare to the stadium. It makes sense for the rideshare dropoff to eventually be integrated into the planned rail station. We think there will either be a people bridge built over the tracks or some other way to cross at the future rail platform to get to the stadium.
In the meantime, a fence is expected to go up along that section of the rail line to prevent fans cutting across the tracks to walk to the stadium.
With the passage of Prop A in November 2020, the Red Line commuter service will be expanded with new stations at The Domain and Austin FC stadium.
MetroRail’s Red Line is a 32-mile route, connecting downtown to North Austin to Leander.
To our knowledge the location of the rail stop hasn’t been identified officially, but it’ll likely be near Delta Drive, similar to where the rideshare drop off will be located.
According to Capital Metro’s project plan, the design of Austin FC station has been completed and construction will start in early 2021. With the current timeline showing the Red Line project will take two years, we could see the rail stop opening by 2023.
Once the rail station is up and running, don’t be surprised to see a VERDE Express train just for game days.
Austin FC has indicated that it may run a game day shuttle from its St. David’s Performance Center located at Parmer Pond business park on E. Parmer Lane. We also expect a shuttle service to serve other parts of town.
Capital Metro currently has several buses that stop along Burnet and Braker by the stadium.
- MetroBus 3 Burnet/Manachaca runs from far South Austin along North Burnet before it turns North on West Braker and ends on Great Hills trail. This is a frequent-stop service that runs on major roads and has connections all over town.
- MetroRapid 803 runs from South Lamar along North Burnet and ends at the Domain near TopGolf. This is a high frequency service on major roads with limited stops.
- MetroBus 392 starts North at the Tech Ridge Park & Ride and runs by Dell before turning on Braker, eventually ending on Kramer near the Kramer MetroRail station. This route serves outlying areas of Austin.
Expect another stop directly in front of the stadium on Burnet Rd. to be added in the future. Also we could see the city add more frequent buses, and maybe even special routes, on match days in 2021.
Like some other MLS clubs, Austin FC plans to offer a bike storage or valet area for fans that ride a bicycle to the stadium on match days.
Currently, there isn’t a bike lane on North Burnet heading to the stadium. Sidewalks can also be hit or miss along stretches of this major road too. The plan is for the city to make improvements along Burnet Rd for pedestrians and bicyclers alike, as the road is also upgraded to serve increased traffic on Austin FC match days.
Overall, many details yet to work out. We’ll get more specifics about all the transportation options as we get closer to the first kickoff.
How do you plan to get to the game?