Total transportation guide for Austin FC match day

Here’s your guide to getting to Q2 stadium on game days.

With the crush of 20K+ fans all looking to be in their seats by kickoff, you’ll need a good transportation plan to get to Austin FC’s stadium.

In this guide we’ll cover:

If you’re going to a concert at Q2 Stadium, like Wille Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, this guide will also be helpful.

Driving/Parking

Austin FC’s soccer stadium only has 835 surface parking spaces onsite.

In the map below, you can see onsite parking is limited to a North parking area (P1), a narrow East parking lot (P2), and a Southwest corner lot (P3), where future affordable housing will be built. On match day, these spots are reserved for Club and Premium season ticket holders, as well as VIP guests, players’ families, and Austin FC corporate partners.

  • North Lot (P1): Accessed from McKalla Place off Rutland Dr.
  • East Lot (P2): Accessed from Aguilar St off Braker Lane.
  • Southwest Lot (P3): Accessed from McKalla Place off Rutland Dr.
Q2 Stadium Onsite Parking

So, where will everyone else park? Luckily, there are plenty of parking options within a mile of Austin FC.

The easiest offsite parking option is through club partner Pavemint parking. These close-in private lots (0.2-0.8 miles from the stadium) have sprung up all around Q2 and are priced between $15-$50.

Here’s where Pavemint offsite parking is located:

  • Precinct 2 Lot – 10409 Burnet Rd
  • Orange Lot – 10435 Burnet Rd
  • Braker Lot 1 -2500 W Braker Ln
  • Braker Lot 2 -2420 W Braker Ln
  • Pink Lot – 2201 Donley Dr
  • Light Blue Lot – 10711 Burnet Rd
  • Dillard’s Green Garage (Domain) – 3221 Feathergrass Ln

Reserve your spot in advance on the Pavement website.

Besides Pavemint, there’s also a reasonably-priced gem on the South end just steps from Q2. Premium Parking offers parking at 10423 McKalla Place (Paragon Printing & Mailing) for $35 on match days.

If you plan to go super early and beat the crowd, then pre-gaming at one of the many neighborhood breweries may be your best bet. (The stadium opens 90 minutes before match kick-off.)

If you’re willing to hunt for a space a little further out, then there is FREE parking to be found. The stadium borders an industrial area and most of these businesses are closed on the weekend and weeknights (Beware: some businesses have cracked down on Austin FC fans parking in their lots). The Domain shopping center has multiple free parking garages, but signs warn Austin FC fans to not park there on game days. Still, it’s an excellent option if you plan to grab drinks and eat dinner (i.e., spend money) first at the Domain.

Rideshare/Taxi

Do you plan to leave the driving to Uber or Lyft?

Austin FC’s rideshare drop-off is located on the West side stadium, accessible via McKalla Place. The pick-up zone is in a different spot — walk to Brockton Drive (north) or Rutland Drive (south) to meet your ride.

MetroRail

MetroRail’s Red Line is a 32-mile route operated by CapMetro that runs from downtown to Leander. For game days, Verde fans can take the train to the Kramer Station, then make a 15-minute trek to the stadium. The rail runs for up to two hours after all Austin FC home games, including weekdays and Sundays.

New train station for Q2 Stadium coming soon

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’s stadium. The future location of the rail stop will be on Delta Drive (and Kramer Station will be permanently closed).

Austin FC Rendering Courtesy Capital Metro

According to CapMetro’s project plan, the design of Austin FC station has been completed and construction gets underway in 2021. The timeline shows the Red Line project will take two years and the new stadium rail stop will open by 2023.

Red Line design and construction timeline courtesy Capital Metro

Once the rail station is up and running, don’t be surprised to see a VERDE Express train just for game days.

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Bus/Shuttle

CapMetro has high-frequency game day bus service to Q2 Stadium.

  • MetroRapid 803 runs from South Lamar along North Burnet and ends at the Domain near TopGolf. It will operate every 8 minutes and drops off in from of Q2. Buses will be lined up after the game on Bright Verde Way. It stops right in front of the stadium.
  • Route 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. It stops right in front of the stadium.
  • Route 383 operates on increased frequency of 15 minutes and drops off in front of the stadium. It serves two nearby Park & Rides: North Lamar Transit Center and Pavilion Park & Ride.
  • Route 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. On games days, buses run at increased frequency of 20 minutes between Q2 Stadium and Tech Ridge Transit Center. This route serves outlying areas of Austin.

They also have 4 recommended Park & Ride locations with routes to the stadium. 

Bus Service graphic courtesy Austin FC

Austin FC has indicated that it in the future it may run a game day shuttle to and from its St. David’s Performance Center located at Parmer Pond business park on East Parmer Lane.

Biking/Walking

Austin FC offers a bike valet area for fans that ride a bicycle to the stadium on match days. It’s a FREE service for ticket holders that’s located on the East side of the stadium — behind Live Oak Park. The valet area is a temporary area on match day overseen by Austin FC staff with tents to shelter the bikes.

Additionally, the City of Austin has made numerous recent improvements around the stadium by adding sidewalks along Braker and Burnet roads. Roads and traffic signals are also being upgraded to serve increased traffic on Austin FC match days. Historically, sidewalks in this area were hit or miss, even along the major roadways like Burnet Road.

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6 comments

  1. I really hope the city will spend some money on McKalla Place. I see that as a good route for pedestrians and cyclists coming from a few of the breweries on match days, but could really use some love from those Prop. B dollars.

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    • The most recent thing we’ve heard is that there will be a bike valet on match days. Didn’t any bike racks installed yet in our last visit to the stadium.

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