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By ESPN Staff

Columbus Crew's owners release Austin stadium renderings

Columbus Crew SC's ownership group released the first renderings of a potential MLS stadium in Austin, Texas, on Friday, amid the club's proposed plans to relocate.

Precourt Sports Ventures has had trouble finding a suitable location for the stadium but has settled on a 25-acre site at McKalla Place, in north Austin near the Domain, and released the first three conceptual drawings.

"The soccer park at McKalla Place offers an incredible opportunity to create a world class match-day experience in the urban core of Austin," PSV said in a statement. "While influenced by great European venues, with intimate seating bowls that put fans right on top of the action, we are also drawing heavily on the incredibly diverse and vibrant local culture, to create a uniquely 'Austin' experience for MLS fans.

"The venue and match-day experience will incorporate strong local influences on food & beverage; live music and technology. Careful orientation and the design of the roof canopy will ensure ample shading while strategically placed open corners will allow for cooling breezes."

The stadium renderings follow a site plan released earlier this month that revealed plans for a total of 1,000 parking spaces, a performance area as well as walking paths and a pond.

The ownership group still need an agreement with the city over the site, and have been pushing for a resolution to come in June.

PSV announced last year it would explore "dual options" to construct a new stadium in Columbus while also looking for a site in Austin, but PSV owner Anthony Precourt has since said he is determined to move to the Texas capital.

Finding a site for the stadium has proven to be a major stumbling block, and the Ohio attorney general and the city of Columbus sued MLS and PSV over the possible move in March.

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