Total transportation guide for Austin FC match day

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.

Driving/Parking

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.

Austin FC stadium site plan
Austin FC site plans

So, where will you park?

Since the stadium is located in an industrial area, surrounding parking lots and streets are mostly empty on the weekend and at nights. 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 advancewe’re not sure yet how early the doors will open on game days.

Rideshare

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

Based on Austin FC’s discussions with the local neighborhood group, a designated rideshare dropoff will be located on Delta Drive (see yellow dot below) off of Metric Blvd.

Planned rideshare dropoff for Austin FC stadium

Right now, you must cross the train tracks and an overgrown grassy field for the most direct route from there to the stadium. We think there will either be a people bridge built over the tracks or passengers will have to walk to Braker to cross. (A fence is expected to go up along that section of the rail line to prevent directly crossing the tracks by foot.)

It makes sense for the rideshare dropoff to eventually be integrated into the planned rail station.

MetroRail

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.

Austin FC Rendering Courtesy Capital Metro

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.

Red Line design and construction timeline via Capital Metro

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

Shuttle/Bus

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.
Bus Routes by Austin FC stadium as of November 2020

Expect more frequent buses and maybe even more routes on match days in 2021.

Biking/Walking

Like some other MLS clubs, Austin FC may offer a bike storage or valet area for fans that bike to the stadium on match days.

Currently, there isn’t a bike lane on North Burnet heading to the stadium. Sidewalks can be found along most stretches of this major road though. We may see improvements as the road is upgraded to serve increased traffic on Austin FC match days.

Overall, many details still have to be worked 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?

2 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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