SAN ANTONIO – Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) officially unveiled today the brand identity for its USL San Antonio franchise. San Antonio FC (SAFC) will debut in front of its home supporters at Toyota Field on Saturday, April 9 against Sporting Kansas City affiliate Swope Park Rangers at 7:30 p.m. The team name and crest were unveiled at an event at Rock & Brews inside the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
“This is San Antonio’s club,” said San Antonio FC Managing Director, Tim Holt. “As an organization, we are tied to this city like no other, so it became vital for us to reflect that in our name and crest. Everything from the club name, the shape of the crest and the team colors were carefully chosen to best represent San Antonio and reflect our relationship with this amazing city. We feel that our identity pays tribute to San Antonio’s culture and history, while lighting a new path for soccer in our community. We look forward to representing San Antonio and Spurs Sports & Entertainment through the beautiful game, as San Antonio FC.”
The creation of the San Antonio FC brand was inspired by the connections between San Antonio’s identity as a city, its unique heritage and the youthful spirit of the emerging soccer culture in the region and throughout the U.S.
Including San Antonio as the primary identity in the club’s name solidifies San Antonio’s hometown roots, and proudly represents the city among the growing soccer culture in the country. FC commonly represents Football Club in clubs throughout the globe, and specifically in Mexico, Spain and Germany, which are historically connected to the origins of San Antonio and the South Texas region.
The shape of San Antonio FC’s badge was derived from a variety of traditional national and international club crests. The heart of the badge contains two prominent elements: the five diagonal stripes, which were inspired by the armed forces’ service stripes, are a salute to San Antonio’s rich military history and their upward movement signifies the club’s goal to play at the highest level; and the rowel of the Spur symbolizes the direct link between San Antonio FC and its parent company, Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Binding all of the interior elements is a single “S”—a subtle nod to our hometown heritage and how it unites us.
Black and silver are colors of strength and another element that’s synonymous with SS&E brands. The red accent color is pulled from the same red in the Texas state flag signifying the pride the club has in this state.
“Our club now has its identity, and we can start representing the city of San Antonio with pride,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “San Antonio FC, just like Spurs Sports & Entertainment, will be a big part of this incredible city. As a team, we are prepared to represent the supporters and San Antonio in a professional and respectful manner both on and off the field. I look forward to April 9 when we can step foot on the Toyota Field pitch together for the first time.”
San Antonio FC will be a brand deeply rooted in the unique traits of the city and the sport of soccer. The club embraces and honors San Antonio’s military identity, while celebrating the cultural heritage of the marketplace. Through an authentic soccer experience where diverse cultures participate in creating a dynamic atmosphere, the soccer club unites with passionate fans toward a common cause to play at the highest level.
Supporters can stay up to date with the club by visiting USLSanAntonio.com, and by liking San Antonio FC on Facebook, as well as following the team on Twitter (@SAFCUSL), Instagram (@sanantoniofootballclub) and Snapchat (@SanAntonioFC).
Fans interested in being a part of the inaugural season can place their $50 deposit for 2016 season tickets online at USLSanAntonio.com or by calling 210-444-5MLS. Tickets for individual San Antonio FC matches will go on sale on Wednesday March 9.
In December, SS&E announced that it reached an agreement with Bexar County and the City of San Antonio to operate a USL soccer franchise at Toyota Field starting in 2016. The deal is part of a collaborative effort by the city, county and SS&E to pursue bringing Major League Soccer (MLS) to the Alamo City. Five of the last seven new MLS franchises played in the USL. The soccer-specific stadium opened in April of 2013 and has a capacity of 8,500.
About Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the premier provider of sports and entertainment in South Texas. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), San Antonio Stars (WNBA), Austin Spurs (NBA Development League), San Antonio FC (United Soccer League) and also manages the day-to-day operations of the AT&T Center.