A full crowd was in attendance Thursday, November 15 in the Velvet Underground room of the Hard Rock Café in downtown Atlanta to see what the future had in store for the city’s only professional soccer team, the Atlanta Silverbacks.
On September 11, Silverbacks Chairman Boris Jerkunica announced that the organization would be giving fans the opportunity to decide the team’s name for the upcoming 2013 season. For the past two months, an internet campaign, “Decision 2012”, began to help determine whether the Silverbacks would be retaining their current team name, bringing back the Atlanta Chiefs; Atlanta’s previous pro soccer team from the 1960s’-80s’, or the Atlanta Football Club, a name of a more European-style.
After thousands of votes were tallied and a few hours of waiting, Silverbacks General Manager Andy Smith made the announcement that the Atlanta Silverbacks were here to stay.
Smith also declared a logo contest to begin. Fans will have until December 3 to submit logo designs on the Silverbacks’ Facebook page. The logo with the most “likes” will move to the final round. In the final round, the fan logo will be put against the team’s current logo and a logo that the team staff will have designed. Voting for the final three logos will last from December 3 until January 2. The Silverbacks will then reveal the new logo at a party and location to be announced.
“One of the big things we’re looking forward to next season is the new format.”Atlanta Silverbacks International Counsel Scott Moran said. “Hopefully the fans will respond to the new model and we will be able to bring more people into Silverbacks Park.”
The new model Moran refers to is a change in the regular season schedule the North American Soccer League (NASL) is adopting. Starting in 2013, there will be an opening season from March to June. There will be a break in the middle in July, with a second season resuming in August to November. The team with the best record at the end of June will be named champion of the first regular season and the team with the best record in November will be crowned the second season’s champion. The two teams will play at the season’s end for the NASL Soccer Bowl, thus eliminating the playoffs.
Season tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale, and can be purchased through the Silverbacks Box Office at 404-969-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James I. Pressley, a Sports DeKalb sports marketing intern, is a senior at Morehouse College who takes courses in the school’s Journalism and Sports Program and is a member of the Maroon Tiger tennis team.
Come cheer on the Atlanta Silverbacks, DeKalb County’s Professional Soccer Team, as they compete against the Puerto Rico Islanders FC on Sports DeKalb Night on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Please stop by the Sports DeKalb Booth during the game for cool stuff and information about Sports DeKalb.
Atlanta Silverbacks Park is located at 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way, Atlanta, GA 30340.
For ticket information, visit Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Atlanta Silverbacks season is in full force, and we’d like to send you and three friends to one of their upcoming home games. You can check out their home game schedule here.
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About the Atlanta Silverbacks:
The Atlanta Silverbacks are Atlanta’s only professional soccer team. They were founded in 1995 as the Atlanta Ruckus of the A-League. They have been known as the Atlanta Silverbacks since 1998. The name was inspired by Willie B., a Silverback gorilla who was one of the main attractions at ZOO Atlanta until his death in 2000.
Currently, the Silverbacks play in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and play their home games at Atlanta Silverbacks Park here in Atlanta’s DeKalb County. The stadium is located in Chamblee, GA and seats 5,000 fans.
For more about the Silverbacks, visit AtlantaSilverbacks.com.
The Georgia Kickball Open (GKO) is a Circuit Event, open to kickball teams from all over the world. Teams do not have to be invited nor otherwise qualify in order to take part in the tournament – any kickball team can register to play.
The only requirements are that teams must field 10 players with at least 4 members of each sex, and all team members must be at least 21 yrs or older on the day of the tournament. The event will take place at the Atlanta Silverbacks Stadium on June 16, 2012.
By competing in this open tournament you will have a chance to qualify for The Circuit Cup Championship 2012 in New Orleans for $10,000!
Click here for more information and to register your team. Good luck!