(PHOENIX, AZ) March 23, 2017 – Today, Phoenix Rising FC announced that its March 25 Inaugural Season home opener against Toronto FC II has been sold out. All 6,200 seats and luxury suites in the new, Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex Stadium officially sold out at 2:15pm PST.
A television partnership signed this week with YurView Arizona Cox channels 7 & 1007 ensures all of Phoenix Rising FC’s 2017 regular season matches will be televised live in English and with a Spanish audio option when pressing the SAP button. All Phoenix Rising FC broadcasts will also be streamed live through the United Soccer League YouTube page.
“We are truly humbled by this outpouring of support from soccer fans in the Greater Phoenix area who have helped us sell out our home opening match,” said Phoenix Rising FC Club Governor Berke Bakay. “Fortunately, our robust television partnership with YurView Arizona Cox channels 7 & 1007 ensures that soccer fans across the state will have access to all of our home and away matches live in English and Spanish. This is an unprecedented moment for professional soccer in Arizona and will allow our growing fan base to watch Mexico National Team and Chivas legend, Omar Bravo, and English National Team, Manchester City and Chelsea icon, Shaun Wright-Phillips, play for Phoenix Rising FC, even when seats are sold out in our new stadium.”
YurView Arizona Cox channels 7 and 1007 (for high definition) will air all Phoenix Rising FC matches live, statewide on Cox Cable and will provided a Spanish-language broadcast via the SAP button. Additionally, Phoenix Rising FC matches will be re-aired, usually on Sunday mornings, and also archived for fans to view at their convenience On-Demand. Selected matches may also be nationally televised on the EPSN family of networks.
“We are thrilled to partner with Phoenix Rising FC, and know Arizona viewers will enjoy catching the action of their games on YurView Arizona (Cox channel 7 & 1007),” said Fran Mallace, Vice President of Cox Media. “Having this professional soccer club call Arizona home is a wonderful addition to our robust sports community.”
Phoenix Rising Football Club is partnering with VISTA Worldlink to produce the broadcast. VISTA Worldlink is a global leader in transmission services provisioning satellite capacity, mobile and fixed uplinks, fiber optics, streaming services, and cutting edge creative products and services. VISTA Worldlink clients include Major League Soccer (MLS), SPN, ABC, and Univision.
Sixty-two full, season ticket packages remain available for Phoenix Rising FC home matches in pairs or foursomes. There are also a limited number of partial season ticket packages (games 2-16) available. Fans who purchase partial season tickets will get a standing-room-only ticket for the home opener. To inquire about season tickets, fans can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is Arizona’s highest-level 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. Phoenix Rising FC is among the 12 finalists currently under consideration for an MLS (Division 1) Expansion Franchise. Beginning in March 25, 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 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.