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Supporters Culture hype grows with inaugural Supporters Council meeting

The growing supporters culture of FC Edmonton builds excitement for the new season
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Feb 9, 2017

The success of the match-day experience has, and always will, come from the fans in the stands.

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There is no better atmosphere in sport than when the soccer community comes out to the stadium in full voice to support the club and its players in many unique, culturally-influenced ways – whether it’s the blaring of bagpipes in a cloud of smoke or taking part in the Viking thunder-clap as a single drum leads the entire stadium.

FC Edmonton has began taking steps to bring more noise to Clarke Stadium this 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) season by engaging engaging the growing supporters community in the inaugural Supporters Council meeting this past Tuesday.

"The Supporters Council is a critical initiative to bring the club and its passionate supporter groups together to work on improving the growth of the culture and atmosphere bith in Stadium and in the community,” FC Edmonton general manager Jay Ball stated. “When we all grow together and support one another, everyone involved with the club benefits."

Tuesday’s agenda included discussions surrounding the new 2017 NASL schedule, season and home opener supporter activities, pre-match activations such as buses and viewing parties and how FC Edmonton can support activities in the stadium and community. Attendants included representatives from the FC Edmonton front office, the Edmonton Supporters Group (ESG), Loyal Company River Valley (LCRV) and two more groups that included a new Latino group keen to impact the atmosphere next season.

The introduction of new supporters groups shows that the excitement is building for the new season, and there’s hasn’t been a better time to get involved in the culture with FC Edmonton. The club has the unique opportunity to build off the city’s cultural diversity and love for the game of soccer.

"A big key to building the supporter culture is helping new groups develop and gain a foothold in the FC Edmonton community," Ball added.

With many supporters of Canadian heritage, the group includes individuals of German, Mexican, Salvadorian and English descent with many more nationalities represented. Part of the Latino representation at the council meeting included Emilio Carballido, who hopes to bring a Latino flair to Clarke Stadium this year.

I purchased my first tickets at the Latin Festival in Churchill Square last year,” Carballido said, who moved to Edmonton from Mexico in 2012. “I put together a group of around 60 people to attend the last home game of the season and now we are trying to establish a Latin supporter group.

“Latin America has their unique way of supporting and following their teams. It's all about family and fiesta. It would be nice to bring that game day festivity feeling to share with the rest of the fans and at the same time get to showcase all the good our cultures have with the rest of this beautiful country while supporting our team.”

How do I get involved?

Fans are encouraged to get involved with the culture to help build on the city’s best sporting atmosphere. 

1: To contact the ESG for memberships and more information, visit HERE.

2: More family-oriented individuals can contact Carlos Herrera, FC Edmonton Community Liason at cherrera@fcedmonton.com

FC Edmonton kicks off their 2017 NASL campaign, April 2! Lock down your season tickets with just a $50 deposit. For tickets and more information, click HERE, call 780.700.2600 or visit www.fcedmonton.com/claimyourthrone.

 

 

 

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