Head Coach Announcement
Colorado Springs to Name a Head Coach
Name the Team Contest Winner: Switchbacks FC
Team Name Selected
In front of a packed crowd at Jack Quinn’s Pub & Restaurant Friday night, Ragain Sports announced that of the seven hundred submissions and votes in the Name the Team Contest
Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club
and more simply, Switchbacks FC will be the name of the new USL Pro Soccer Team in Colorado Springs slated for play in 2015.
“At the end of the day, two names drew majority fan support and of those two names, we can truly own only one name” said Nick Ragain “and we are excited to be named the Switchbacks Football Club". A switchback is a sharp turn in a road or path as it traverses a steep incline which can be seen striping Pikes Peak from virtually any location in Colorado Springs. The unique name and visual elements will provide some interesting branding opportunities to the team as it moves forward in the next branding phase of the 2014 build up year.
Season ticket deposit holders will be requested to participate in deeper discussions about logo design as Ragain Sports brings on a branding agency to hone in on the visual representations of the club.
Season Ticket Deposits
- Place you in line to select your seat locations
- Go against your full season ticket price when selections are made available
- Provide you a commemorative Switchbacks FC scarf for each ticket purchased
- Select invitations to participate in team branding meetings
So purchase your season ticket deposits today!
About Ragain Sports
After thorough ivestigation on where a franchise could be successfully located in Colorado, Colorado Springs became our winning location as it has both the near term infrastructure and long term vision for a sports franchise like the USL Pro to be successful.
Ragains Sports is excited to particitpate and contribute to the Colorado Springs sports entertainment culture. Our focus is to be winners in every facet of this new venture.
Planning for the Future
Our goals at Sand Creek are to increase the spectator capacity, additional graded parking, staging areas for players/spectators, VIP areas, temporary concessions, increased lighting, and egress points.
Long term, our goal is to be the primary tenant in the new downtown stadium being planned as a part of City for Champions. The vision for the downtown, multi-use stadium will provide this franchise the opportunity to provide a higher level of spectator enjoyment and become a greater entertainment asset to Colorado Springs.
Franchise Award Press Conference
Tim Holt, USL President, outlined the state of league and the growth that’s taking place because of its successes and the new agreement between the USL Pro and MLS. The 2013 USL Pro Championship game was the most successful ever as it saw 20,000 spectators fill the lower bowl of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FLA. Wonderful work done by Orlando City Soccer and the Charlotte Eagles. By 2015, the USL Pro division expects to grow dramatically as it anticipates every MLS team either affiliate or field their own USL Pro team.
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach voiced his support of the new franchise while speaking at the press conference emphasizing the need to “attract and retain young professionals”. Creating an environment of excitement, growth, and opportunity will not only attract young professionals but businesses as well. Mayor Bach went on to speak about how the City for Champions project will be a great opportunity for this franchise and others to engrain themselves in this community.
Team Owner and Governor, Martin Ragain, was the final presenter at the press conference and spoke about his dream of not only owning a sports franchise but having a family business. Mr. Ragain is the President of a successful engineering firm based in Denver with offices around the World. The opportunity to participate in a growing USL Pro league and partnering with a City that has the vision to grow via the City for Champions has allowed him to marry his passion for sports and family with a viable sports franchise.
Ragain Sports will be playing at Sand Creek Stadium adjacent to Security Service Field (Sky Sox home) for the near term with the goal of being the primary tenant in the planned City for Champions downtown stadium.