(PHOENIX, AZ) March 16, 2017 – Phoenix Rising FC today announced its official pub partner for the 2017 season: Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill. As Phoenix Rising FC’s official pub partner, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill will be the official pregame destination for home matches and the official road-match watch party location for 2017.
“Thirsty Lion is going to provide Phoenix Rising FC fans an opportunity to come together beyond the 90 minutes of the match,” said Phoenix Rising FC club Governor Berke Bakay. “Some of the best moments of match day come in the conversations before and after games. Now we have a place we can call home away from home for fans to gather.”
Phoenix Rising FC will kick off league play at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 25, against Toronto FC II. The match will be the club’s inaugural home opener at the Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex, located near the intersection of the 101 and 202 highways, north of the 202 loop and east of McClintock Drive in South Scottsdale. Fans can purchase tickets to the home opener and other individual matches and select their seats online by going to the club’s website at www.PHXRisingFC.com.
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is Arizona’s only professional soccer club. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League, which has been awarded Division 2 status by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Beginning in March of 2017, Phoenix Rising FC will be playing in its new, soccer-specific stadium located at the northwest corner of the 101 and 202 freeways in south Scottsdale. For more information on the club, visit the team's website at PhxRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For season tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com.
About United Soccer League
The United Soccer League is the fastest growing professional soccer league in the world with teams in 19 states and three Canadian provinces. Since 2014, the USL has doubled in size and established a sizeable North American footprint with strong ownership, experienced executives and regional rivalries.
In 2016, the USL experienced record growth with a total season attendance of almost 1.5 million, a 33 percent increase from 2015. The average attendance for the league’s top-10 drawing teams was 6,724, a 25 percent increase year-over-year.
Creating an engaging environment for passionate fans, the USL aims to establish all clubs as owners or primary tenants of 8,000-10,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Teams have invested more than $100 million into stadium infrastructure in the last year to enhance the experience for the USL’s passionate fans, 900-plus players and nearly 100 coaches in building a highly sophisticated league.
Expanding its broadcast reach with ESPN and SiriusXM partnerships, USL “Games of the Week” were available this year on ESPN3 to 99 million households. The USL aired more than 500 games last season through its Match Center. Recently, the USL finalized a $10 million investment and partnership with VISTA Worldlink to create USL Productions, which will create more than 1,000 hours of live match coverage for 2017. Additionally, statistical analysis will be powered by Opta – the world’s leading provider of live, detailed sports data – who will manage and deliver in-depth details for all USL games.
Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL supports its teams with operational excellence through 50-plus employees and 16 departments including Analytics, Competition, Creative, Digital, League Operations, Marketing, Merchandise/Licensing, Team Services, USL Productions and more.