The stadium rapidly taking shape in the Austin skyline, which will be home to Austin FC for its debut season this year, now has an official name: Q2 Stadium.
Q2 Stadium was officially christened on Monday in a ceremony that also celebrated Q2 joining as the Official Community Partner of Austin FC.
Monday’s event made official a landmark, multi-year stadium naming rights partnership between Austin FC and Q2 Holdings, Inc., an Austin-based leading provider of digital transformation solutions for banking and lending.
The deal means that the Club’s state-of-the-art $260 million stadium enters its first season with a distinct identity. “Establishing a long-term stadium naming rights partnership with an Austin-based company that is committed to using this platform to give back to the community was the Club’s top priority,” Andy Loughnane, Austin FC President, said regarding the partnership. “Q2 Stadium holds the distinction of being the first and only major league venue in Austin, and Austin FC is exceptionally proud to begin our MLS journey with Q2 as our partner and Q2 Stadium as our home.”
“Q2 is an Austin-born company with a mission to build strong and diverse communities by strengthening their financial institutions,” said Matt Flake, Q2 President and CEO. “Our partnership with Austin FC shows we are doubling down on our commitment to our mission in our own community. As one of Austin’s fastest-growing companies and a regular on the best places to work list, our partnership reinforces to our employees and top talent that Q2 is committed to everything that makes Austin special – culture, community and now, world-class professional sports sure to bring a diverse, global audience to our community.”
In addition to the stadium becoming Q2 Stadium moving forward, Q2 has also secured naming rights in the deal to the Q2 Field Club, the premium seating and Club experience adjacent to the players’ benches and locker rooms. The distinctive Q2 logo will also be visible on top of the stadium’s East and West canopies, as well on the south end of the stadium above the Supporters’ Section.
Though the 2021 MLS schedule doesn’t yet have its home match dates determined, construction of the stadium is on schedule, and indications based on Monday’s press event have Q2 Stadium opening sometime in Q2 — the second quarter of 2021.