Vadim Wolfson: Austin Finally Welcomes Its First Professional Sports Team: Austin FC.

Forbes reports that: Already covered by an abundance of luscious tree canopy, the amount of green throughout Austin, Texas, grew exponentially ahead of the Austin FC inaugural home opener on June 19.

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An Austin FC flag proudly flew outside The Bon Aire, in-game food and drink specials were promoted at Cover 2, and the club’s verde-and-black home kit was donned by countless runners up and down the Colorado River ahead of the evening’s match.

The 10th-most-populous city in the United States had been waiting a long time for its first professional sports franchise. You can say Austinites had been green with envy as new Major League Soccer franchises popped up in Cincinnati, Miami and Nashville.

“This is meaningful for a community that has so much pent up demand for major-league sports,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said. “To be able to build a world-class stadium and introduce the city’s first-ever major-league team, I think for anybody who’s been part of this project — whether you’re an early adopting supporter of the club or you’re a staff member — this has all been an experience of a lifetime.

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Read the whole Forbes article here.