The new Austin FC Armadillo kit pays homage to Armadillo World Headquarters, the legendary Austin music venue that operated 1970 to 1980.
Located at 525 ½ Barton Springs Road, Armadillo World Headquarters has been credited as a cultivator of Austin’s creative, vibrant, and “all ways welcome” spirit that earned Austin’s famous moniker as “The Live Music Capital of the World”.
Famous musicians who played at Armadillo World Headquarters include Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Frank Zappa, members of the Grateful Dead, and The Ramones.
Austin FC held a jersey launch party at ACL Live on February 15, where the jersey was unveiled for the first time.
Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, as well as country artist William Beckman, local Austin hip-hop artists Kydd Jones and Blackchyl, and DJs King Louie and Orya, all performed.
The Armadillo Kit features a new shade of Verde set against a cream-colored base, with an image of an armadillo on the jock tag, as well as Armadillo World Headquarters’ original address of 525 1⁄2 Barton Springs Road on the back of the neckline.
The jersey also features the intertwining oaks found within Austin FC’s original crest, which represents a focus on the oak imagery in a way that has not previously been woven into an Austin FC jersey.
The Armadillo Kit is now available at the Verde Store and online at the MLSstore.com.