Last week Austin FC issued a press release about the estimated cost of the future stadium rising to $240 million.
The original estimate for the stadium last June was $200 million and the number rose to $225 million when the lease agreement with the city went public in December.
Team president Andy Loughnane told the Austin American-Statesman that one of the items that have driven the increased cost for the stadium is a roof expansion that would make the stadium’s cover the second-largest among current soccer-specific venues behind Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls.
So the Austin FC stadium will have more cover for the fans than any soccer-specific stadium west of the Mississippi River.
Loughnane said the canopy will be more than twice the size of the roof at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and five times larger than Toyota Stadium in Dallas.
With the hot Austin summers that is awesome news to me as a fan and future season ticket holder – thanks Austin FC.