Austin FC Match Day

When Austin FC plays, we're ready. Here's how we go supporting.

Important Information for Match Day

With 34 regular season matches, pre-season, post-season, the Open Cup, and international friendlies, we're going to have a very busy February to December supporting Austin FC. Here's some information of interest:

Home Matches

Austin Anthem has spent years planning and preparing how to support our Austin FC when they are at home. Before each match at Q2 Stadium, we will publish information concerning:

  • The full schedule on the day with advice on when to leave, where to park, and what special happenings are – umm – happening
  • Activities and events, both around the stadium and with our partners throughout the city
  • What to bring: We’ll give you the heads up on what you will need to participate in the various themes and causes throughout our inaugural season!
  • What not to bring. Austin Anthem will have approval to bring in and store certain items at the stadium such as large flags, banners, music equipment, and Home Depot-ish supplies needed for it all. We'll let you know about distribution points for collecting and using items for supporter participation
  • Variations to the songs and chants. As we build our traditions, we want to ensure that our songs and chants reflect the diversity of Austin’s musical and soccer background. We’ll have printed and online versions available for the Supporter Section – and beyond!
  • Info on post-match celebrations. . . or sometimes commiseration
Stadium Model
You Will Be Here
Stadium Aerial Map
Which is Here

Away Matches

Road Trips

We organize travel caravans, buses, plans, SpaceX rockets – whatever we can get to move supporters all about the U.S. and Canada to support our team when they play away.


Away Watch Party Events

We've been working with partners to ensure we have watch locations available to supporters all over the Austin area. With the multi-year lead-up to 2021, we've gotten really good at watch parties and making sure the club feels the love – no matter where they are playing the match.

Austin Anthem in Houston
Anthem Tailgating with Houston Supporters

Songs, Chants, & Cheers

The Hymnal

On January 15, 2019, at the Announcement making Austin FC officially the 27th team of Major League Soccer, Austin Anthem debuted the first club chants, some already becoming standards like: "Alright, Alright, Alright" and "Dale Dale Austin." The event also marked the debut of our now-iconic Austin FC bombo. These songs were the first of many – for all supporters – and we look forward to singing these and many more in the stands with y'all.

Music is Austin

One of the reasons we picked "Austin Anthem" to represent the Supporters Group for all of Austin was that communal connection to music. We are collectively the "Song of Our City." We look forward to hearing many different sounds, songs, and chants and are actively planning to make sure that happens. It doesn't matter if you can't sing or never have played an instrument. If you're passionate, we'll help take care of the rest.

If want to help us build the set lists and create music for match day along with other supporters, please join our Organizational Team, or just drop us a note. We'll be holding socially-distanced song, chant, and cheer workshops regularly in 2021.

Austin Anthem Chant Sheet #1
 
Anthem Members Celebrating
Austin FC Announcement Anniversary Music
Austin Anthem Austin FC Drum
Our Austin FC Drum That Started Them All
Drum Circle
Socially-Distanced 2020 Drum Workshop
Song and Chant Event
Song and Chant Practice Event at 4th Tap

Travel

Major League Soccer covers a lot of cities and Austin FC will be traveling to them all. We've been in talks with the club and partners on fun and economical ways we can bring large groups of supporters to away games. We're looking into travel discounts and packages, as well as group voting on what key cities and matches we want to try and attend in person.

A Network of Grackles

With Austin Anthem members all over the country (and the world), it's also an exciting opportunity to meet more members in person and get their recommendations and suggestions on how best to experience their fine city.

Map of Major League Soccer Teams
Map Of MLS Teams

Hotline to Supporters Nationwide

Austin Anthem is the Independent Supporters Council member for Austin. The organization is a collective of supporters groups across the soccer pyramid. This has allowed us to build relationships and share information with other supporters groups – something that comes in handy when you need some recommendations on where to go and what to do when traveling to an SGs city to take 3-points from their team.

ISC Logo

Away Supporters

…Except for 90-Minutes

Austin is a great city. You know that; so do supporters from other cities. In conversations, Austin is a top-destination for groups from other cities to come to. We want everyone who visits Austin – no matter who they support – to have a good time and feel welcome. The exception will be the 90-minutes we stuff them into a corner of McKalla - then it's on!

Before the start of the season, we'll be publishing an "Away Supporters Guide" highlighting locations and recommendation while they are here.

While some supporters groups are blood enemies with their rival SGs, we'd prefer to have great relationships with groups all over the country and save all that pent-up rivalry for during the match. Then afterwards, all get drinks together if we can.

Visiting Austin

If you are an Anthem member from out-of-town or a member or coordinator from another supporters group and want more information about coming to Austin, please reach out. We're happy to help.

We have a great Chili's on 45th and Lamar you should check out. We're kidding. We think?

Hoffbrau Sign
Celebrating the Beautiful Game with All

How Match Day Planning Happens

Plan Ahead

Austin Anthem has been collaborating with the front office for years on what match day might look like, what features the supporters section should have, and more topics related to creating the environment and atmosphere. More recently, we've been part of committee conversations with other supporters on what the specifics should look like come 2021. This means discussions and a need for agreement and consensus on what banners to hang, what songs to sing, what to do when Austin FC scores, and more.

Projects

In addition to all this, our organziational team has a Match Day committee to work on our contributions to the supporter experience. These fall into a few main areas:

  • TIFO and Banners - Creative artistic expressions of support ranging from flags to decorating equipment
  • Rituals and Event Planning - Planning marches, events before the match, and the operational logistics of hanging 120-feet of TIFO banner.
  • Travel Planning
  • and of course Chants, Cheers, and Song workshopping

Join Us!

Interested in helping us create the best match day experience in all of MLS? Reach out and join our going team of volunteer supporters.

Stadium Tour - 11/2020
Members Checking out Stadium Construction Progress
TIFO Painting
Tifos use paint. A lot of it.
Anthem Banner Example
From Sketch to Stadium
Austin Anthem Custom Drum Wrap
Austin Anthem Innovation: Wraps for Drums to Quickly Change Styles
Austin FC TIFO
Painting our roots
Customized Drums
Instruments Customized for Match Day

Code of Conduct

Austin Anthem represents our club and our city by reflecting and embodying the qualities that make Austin the place we love and call home. Austin Anthem seeks to create a match day experience that is welcoming for all.

Membership in Austin Anthem is governed by the Austin Anthem Code of Conduct.

Made in Austin, Texas.

Made in Austin, Texas

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Independent Supporters Council member for Austin.

We created and successfully led the community effort to bring Major League Soccer to Austin. We now create and lead supporter passion and excitement on match day and every day.