Q2 STADIUM WELCOMES CITY’S MUSIC SCENE WITH FEATURES INCLUDING INNOVATIVE AMPHITHEATER
Q2 Stadium, the new home of Major League Soccer’s Austin FC, is joining the mix of live music facilities in town. The $260 million stadium has multiple event spaces to set up small shows apart from the main seating bowl... The team, in conjunction with architect Gensler, general contractor Austin Commercial and owner’s representative CAA ICON, developed a 2,500-capacity amphitheater on the east side next to the stadium.
Dan Vaillant, senior vice president of CAA ICON, the owner’s representative for Austin FC, has been involved with the Q2 Stadium project since late 2016. It’s his third MLS development, which extends to the expansion of BMO Field in Toronto and Nashville SC’s new stadium, opening in 2022. Austin FC’s ownership group stood out with its commitment to embrace all events, Vaillant said.
“A lot of these owners get into these buildings and don’t want to mess up the pitch by putting a concert in there,” he said. “They go in with grand plans and then hardly do any shows. This owner sees an opportunity to do concerts in Austin and they’re going to aggressively chase it by doing as many as they can. It’s definitely in their pro forma.”
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