Angel City FC

Discussion in 'NWSL Expansion' started by McSkillz, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    your treat?
     
  2. Klingo3034

    Klingo3034 Member

    Dallas FC
    United States
    Oct 11, 2019
    What about college level soccer specific stadiums? Or the lower division soccer league stadiums in USL?
     
  3. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I do not know about USL stadiums, but I was referring to college level soccer specific stadiums. I do not know of any that would provide the kind of amenities that professional sport team fans would or should expect.
     
  4. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    So you don't think that any school facilities are attractive enough for that expand/improve thing I suggested? I would imagine that a one-time investment in adding appropriate amenities to an existing facility would be cheaper than either building from the ground up or years of rent elsewhere.
     
  5. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I guess it really depends on what they think their attendance will be. If they are thinking in terms of at least 7,000 average attendance at the beginning, then they will need a facility that can handle that many fans with rest rooms, food and drink options, various types of seating, team stores, and so on. Of the college facilities I have been to, I do not recall seeing any that would lend themselves to that kind of conversion.

    I am saying this because I have interpreted what I have seen as saying they intend to provide a very high level professional sports experience to their fans. In other words, they are intending what they present to be towards the high end rather than the low end of what the current NWSL teams provide.
     
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  6. toad455

    toad455 Member+

    Nov 28, 2005
    I think with the celebrities behind this team, they will draw very well. Portland numbers? Not sure.
     
  7. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    The "celebrity power ownership" may help make a big initial splash, but it won't affect long-term attendance numbers. More important is how well the team can energize their target demographic(s). SoCal is a WoSo hotbed, but the two MLS teams have shown that the SoCal populace can be a fickle one. The organization needs to A) foster a good, attractive culture around game day and around other activities, B) assemble a team that can win. Utah numbers are entirely within reach, IMO, if they can hit one of those two very well and/or both of those two moderately well; hit both of those two very well and settling in the 15-20k zone is possible. Simply fail on one of the two, and you're looking at 5-8k.
     
  8. McSkillz

    McSkillz Member+

    ANGEL CITY FC, UCLA BRUINS
    United States
    Nov 22, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well I already invited 500 people to their first game so we'll see...:thumbsup:
     
  9. McSkillz

    McSkillz Member+

    ANGEL CITY FC, UCLA BRUINS
    United States
    Nov 22, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Off the top of my head, the old Drake Stadium at UCLA seats 10,000 max and has multiple public restroom facilities, snack bar areas, etc. I just hate it because it's more of a track and field stadium than a soccer specific stadium. Our SSS is the Annenberg one that is still a work in progress, it has no locker room, no public restrooms(just those porta potties) and seats max 2,000 I believe. USC field is pretty much the same problem.
     
  10. Klingo3034

    Klingo3034 Member

    Dallas FC
    United States
    Oct 11, 2019
    Think besides having well known players in the new team but have celebrities attend the games as well, so win win for both fans and celebrities. It be like celebrities attending Lakers games.
     
  11. toad455

    toad455 Member+

    Nov 28, 2005
  12. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Most chatter I've seen says the Banc
     
  13. Klingo3034

    Klingo3034 Member

    Dallas FC
    United States
    Oct 11, 2019
    Banc under normal circumstances. Probably smaller or temporary until they can have fans. With possible vaccine news popping up, could be Banc by next year.
     
  14. toad455

    toad455 Member+

    Nov 28, 2005
    The team doesn't start until 2022. Hopefully this virus is an afterthought by then.
     
  15. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Along with announcing the stadium, it was also announced that Heineken is ACFC's first major sponsor. (Interesting how that might work with Budweiser being a league sponsor.) Also, 10% of sponsorship funds will go to the local LGBTQ+ community. I was definitely curious when the video they put out yesterday featured someone in a West Hollywood SC shirt; really glad to see the team coming out swinging for LGBTQ+ representation and support.

    =EDIT=
    Correction: the Heineken/Bud thing is a non-issue, as I've been reminded that the Orlando Pride also have Heineken as a team sponsor.
     
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  16. toad455

    toad455 Member+

    Nov 28, 2005

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