AUSTIN, TEXAS—Austin FC, the city’s first major league team, announced today a multi-year agreement with St. David’s HealthCare, making the Central Texas-based hospital system the first founding corporate partner and official healthcare partner, training partner, and performance center naming rights partner of Austin’s Major League Soccer (MLS) Club.
“Austin FC is honored that St. David’s HealthCare, an award-winning, Austin-based healthcare system, is the first founding partner to join the Austin FC family. We are proud that this organization, which serves and employs thousands in our community, has chosen to partner with our Club,” Anthony Precourt, chairman and chief executive officer of Austin FC and Precourt Sports Ventures, said. “St. David’s HealthCare will be key to providing high-quality medical care for our players while also creating a safe environment at all matches and events for our stadium guests.”
With this agreement—one of the most comprehensive healthcare sponsorships in MLS—St. David’s HealthCare will receive entitlement to Austin FC’s training facility which shall be named the St. David’s Performance Center. The St. David’s Performance Center, which will reside at a to-be-announced location, is scheduled to open in advance of Austin FC’s inaugural season and will serve as the world-class training and medical-care facility for Austin FC’s First Team and Academy teams. As part of this agreement, the healthcare system will also have primary branding on the official training jersey worn by First Team players and staff.
Once Austin FC’s stadium opens in March 2021, St. David’s HealthCare will provide healthcare services at all Austin FC home matches and events for stadium guests. Additionally, St. David’s HealthCare will provide health and wellness services for all Austin FC players and coaching staff.
“When St. David’s HealthCare sponsors an organization, we look to forge a true partnership, and we have found that in Austin FC,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “Anthony (Precourt) shares our commitment to serving this community and creating exceptional experiences for customers. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
Austin FC will announce the location of the St. David’s Performance Center in the coming months.