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Poll: Austinites In Favor of New MLS Stadium

An October survey by Opinion Analysts that polled 400 likely Austin voters shows that three out of four Austinites approve of bringing a Major League Soccer (MLS) club to town. Almost 60 percent of those polled approve of building a privately financed soccer stadium on underutilized city-owned parkland.

 

“The survey showed Austinites from all council districts want Major League Soccer in Austin,” David Butts, an Austin political consultant who is serving as an advisor for this project, said. “These residents would support a privately funded soccer stadium on underutilized city-owned parkland.”

 

Precourt Sports Ventures, which is considering moving its MLS team from Columbus, Ohio, to Austin, commissioned the survey. “We selected Opinion Analysts to handle the poll because we knew they would give us data we needed to hear, not just what we wanted to hear to continue this community dialogue,” Dave Greeley, president of Precourt Sports Ventures, said. “What’s exciting is to have affirmation from this independent polling service that Austin would truly value having a Major League Soccer team here.”

 

The survey questionnaire focused on a number of factors, but most important to the respondents were the facts that the stadium would be built with private money only and that the facility could generate a year-round income stream for Austin parks and recreation activities on top of other community benefits.

 

Precourt Sports Ventures is particularly interested in finding the right sized land parcel in the urban core of Austin that could accommodate the construction of a soccer park. Such sites are few in number and are generally underutilized city-owned property zoned parkland. Respondents supported using these parcels for a privately financed soccer stadium—as long as the property was not Zilker Park or Auditorium Shores—by a margin of 57.3 percent approving to 28.6 disapproving.

 

 

Informed question (with information about a proposed Major League Soccer team in Austin)—would you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of having a Major League Soccer team in Austin?

 

34.2% Strongly Approve

41.4% Approve

75.6% Subtotal of Strongly Approve and Approve

1.9% Depends

5.7% Disapprove

9.3%; Strongly Disapprove

7.6% Don’t Know/No Opinion

 

A soccer park near downtown would be critical in securing a Major League Soccer team for Austin. One possible site for the stadium is on City-owned parkland that sees little use currently—not Zilker Park or Auditorium Shores. If a $150 million soccer park were to be built at such a location, with no public financing, would you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of having a Major League Soccer team in Austin?

 

22.4% Strongly Approve

34.9% Approve

57.3% Subtotal of Strongly Approve and Approve

7.5% Depends

11.4% Disapprove

17.2% Strongly Disapprove

28.6% Subtotal of Disapprove and Strongly Disapprove

6.6% Don’t Know/No Opinion

 

Like the ACL Festival, the Major League Soccer team could provide a continuous funding stream for Austin parks and pools. Does that make you much more likely to support a Major League Soccer team, somewhat more likely to support a Major League Soccer team, depends/no difference, somewhat less likely to support a Major League Soccer team, much less likely to support a Major League Soccer team, or don’t know/no opinion?

 

41.1% Much More Likely

30.3% Somewhat More Likely

18.1% Depends/No Difference

1.7% Somewhat Less Likely

5.4% Much Less Likely

3.3% Don’t Know/No Opinion

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