A petition seeking voter approval for stadium plans on city land could soon head to the polls.
Following the debate over land use for the Austin FC, a group worked to get more than 20,000 signatures arguing that City Council should get voter approval in order to use public land for any sports facilities or stadiums.
A deal was finalized with the City of Austin and Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) in December of last year, allowing the stadium to be built on McKalla Place in North Austin. However, some thought there should be other uses for the public land.
Now that there are more than 20,000 signatures, the petition should go to a ballot, and Austin voters can choose to adopt the plan or not.
PSV released the following statement:
“Neither the petition nor a possible election impact Major League Soccer coming to Austin in March 2021. Austin FC is already a part of this community. The City Council-approved lease for McKalla Place is signed, and the site plan has been filed. These decisions were made after a thorough community engagement process that included more than 10 community engagement sessions and eight city council meetings.
As a result of the site plan being filed, this petition initiative cannot retroactively overturn the binding result of the council vote that approved the 100% privately financed construction of the stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place.”