First game March 25th at Kezar Stadium
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the San Francisco Deltas, the City’s official soccer team, will host their first game on March 25 at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park – their home field. On that day, both City Hall and Coit Tower will be lit in red from sunset to sunrise in honor of the Deltas. In partnership with the SF Deltas, America SCORES Bay Area, Another Planet Entertainment, and Northern Police Station, SF Rec and Park hosted a Meet-the-Players event at Civic Center Plaza. The event was free to the public and hundreds of fans were on hand to meet the players, and share a toast with the Deltas to welcome them to the City.
“San Francisco is proud to announce the arrival of the SF Deltas as our City’s official soccer team,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We are excited to watch them play at our famous Kezar Stadium and look forward to cheering them on throughout their historic first season here in San Francisco.”
The SF Deltas will play their inaugural game on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. against Indy Eleven at Kezar Stadium. The match will be the culmination of two years of preparation and planning to make the team a reality. The idea for bringing a professional soccer team to San Francisco was spawned by a diverse group of entrepreneurs whose goal was simple – to create an environment to bring the San Francisco community together. Since then, the team has secured Kezar Stadium for home games, hired its head coach Marc Dos Santos, and signed 21 players from across the globe, as well as the Bay Area.
“I am excited the SF Deltas will be calling our very own Kezar Stadium home,” said Board President London Breed whose district includes Kezar. “They will be a very fun attraction for families and soccer fans of all ages.”
The San Francisco Deltas are the newest addition to the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Second Division of professional soccer in North America.
“This was truly a team effort and I’d like to wholeheartedly thank everybody involved from the City as it wouldn’t have been possible without their efforts,” said SF Deltas CEO Brian Andrés Helmick. “We believe it is possible to simultaneously do well and do good. Therefore, we promise to provide unifying and memorable experiences for the community, support non-profits in the City, and help grow the sport of soccer for the entire Bay Area.”
Located adjacent to Kezar Pavilion in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park, Kezar Stadium, is the former home of the San Francisco 49ers and of the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse. Kezar Stadium had been home to track and field competitions, motorcycle racing, auto racing, rugby, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, boxing, cricket and football. The Stadium now accommodates 10,000 spectators. In 2015, SF Rec and Park invested $3.2 million to renovate Kezar Stadium, and installed seats from the historic Candlestick Stadium in the prime viewing section after Candlestick Stadium’s recent demolition.
“We welcome the Deltas to join us at Kezar Stadium, and we are excited to watch the team play on the field that has been graced by some of the most talented athletes in San Francisco’s history,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are also thrilled that the Deltas will inspire many young soccer fans to get out and play, and to enjoy the healthy competition citywide.”
Today, young soccer fans that participate in America SCORES Bay Area poet-athlete programs met SF Deltas Players at Civic Center and got some professional soccer tips. Since America SCORES’ inception in 2001, the organization’s mission has been to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, the goal of the SCORES is that youth are inspired to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.
“The chance to kick off our Civic Center spring season with San Francisco’s new professional soccer team is an amazing opportunity to demonstrate that all kids in the city, no matter their ZIP codes, can realize the joy of soccer and experience the pride of being on a team,” says America SCORES Bay Area CEO, Colin Schmidt. “With SFRPD and the philanthropic community, we want to continue to activate Civic Center plaza with kid-friendly, healthy activities for many soccer seasons to come.”
To purchase tickets for the game on March 25 and beyond, visit: http://www.sfdeltas.com/tickets