This afternoon United Soccer League announced that it had granted permission for the Austin Aztex to not participate in the 2016 season due to the unavailability of a stadium that meets league standards and the unforeseen delays in the development of a soccer-specific stadium in Austin.
This decision did not come lightly, but it was made out of necessity as we spend the next year working with all interested parties in our quest for a soccer friendly venue in which professional soccer in Austin can thrive.
We know that Austin is a soccer city. The demographics and numbers prove it. This soccer city deserves a proper venue free of football lines, with amazing sightlines, and where a cold beer can be served on a hot summer night.
The Aztex were given a one-year waiver to allow them to secure a soccer-specific stadium that meets USL standards.
However, our search was hindered by the flooding that damaged House Park, forcing the Aztex to switch their focus to finding a suitable venue for the remainder of the 2015 USL season. We would also like to express our gratitude to AISD and RRISD for allowing us to use their facilities. However, these facilities have not proven to be economically viable solutions for our professional team.
We will be working hard to ensure the long-term viability of professional soccer in the city of Austin. We will be back in full force and committed to returning for the 2017 season.
We want to thank our fans, season ticket holders, Eberly’s Army, and Aztex Originals for the support that was shown for this team throughout this season. You followed us after a natural disaster destroyed our home, and you were with us until the very last kick of the season. Thank you!
As we work behind the scenes to secure a soccer friendly venue for 2017 and beyond, we invite you to join the cause by visiting www.StadiumForAustin.com and showing your support by registering with this website. Together, we can make this happen.