September 17th, 2014.
That’s the day we’ve all be waiting for – the team announcement. Here’s the dirty details:
Wednesday, September 17th – 6:30pm – Courtyard Hooligans
From the Facebook event page:
New ownership, led by Jim McPhilimamy, current President & Managing Partner of the Charlotte Hounds (MLL), has acquired the USL Pro franchise rights for Charlotte, NC from the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club. The option was officially exercised in July. The new team, owned and operated by Queen City Soccer Club LLC, will begin play in 2015.
1. Introduction – Ownership group, Executive Staff, Guests
2. Update on Charlotte Eagles
3. American Legion Memorial Stadium 2015+
4. Major League Soccer – Official Affiliation Update
5. Primary Sponsor
6. Name / Identity
7. Season Tickets
Note: 9/17 = 5th Year Anniversary of Courtyard Hooligans. 9/18 = 33rd Anniversary of Carolina Lightnin’s ASL Championship. Record crowd of 20,183 at Memorial Stadium.
Now for some conjecture: if you follow CTS on Twitter, you know that a rumored name for the new team is “Charlotte Independence”, reflecting back on the Mecklenburg Declaration – a document that suggests Meck County declared independence from Great Britain after the Battle of Lexington and a full year before the official US Declaration of Independence. The agenda sent by the team suggests they’ve already chosen a name at the fans will be able to vote on the teams logo and other items related to branding. I think this works out for everyone the best – skipping a fan contest to name the club means fans and the team alike have a name that they can start promoting now rather than having to wait on the completion of a fan contest. Letting the fans vote for a logo still gives the fans the ability to have input on something important without the need to wait on advertising.
Fans will also find out plans for Memorial Stadium which is currently under construction. Plans submitted to the county included several different options for expansion and upgraded amenities, but right now the club is only saying that they are widening the field. This means a reduced capacity of around 10,000 fans – perfect for USL Pro, but plans will need to be made if the team wants to use Memorial Stadium for a MLS team.
The MLS club affiliate will also be announced, news of which was first released here at CTS. A MLS affiliate can prove invaluable to a brand new team – shared experience, coaching knowledge and resources will be a huge lift to Charlotte.
Information on season tickets will also be released at the announcement.
We now have 20 days to wait and hypothesize, but hopefully most of our questions will be answered at Hooligans. Leave us comments to know if you’ll be attending the announcement and how you’ll be celebrating your new soccer team. We’ll see you there.