Some Nights Spent in Las Vegas Are Worth Remembering
Reserve your tickets, pack a cold beer, and get ready to shout “GOAAAL!” That’s right. Las Vegas is starting a professional soccer team. Founded by owner of Las Vegas Soccer LLC Brett Lashbrook, the United Soccer League (USL) team will be the 33rd team to join the league.
The newly voted team name “Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC)” will play in the heart of downtown Las Vegas at Cashman Field starting at the beginning of the season in March of 2018.
Lashbrook has jumped through many hoops to get USL to come to Las Vegas, and is confident that the 10,000 seat venue will be an immediate sell out once Spring season rolls around. With a goal of bringing pro-soccer to Southern Nevada, his vision has slowly come to life. Lashbrook’s experience in American Soccer is unprecedented and his enthusiasm, unmatched.
In addition, it doesn’t look like his vision is slowing down anytime soon. With background knowledge as a special assistant for Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber, Lashbrook has contributed to multiple cities landing USL and MSL franchises. The future for Las Vegas Lights FC looks bright, and hopes are high for transforming the team into MLS. Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman is up for the challenge. With the cities previous bid back in 2015 denied, Goodman shares they’re, “back in the hunt.”
City residents aren’t the only ones pumped up for the upcoming season. Nevada Governor, Brian Sandavol shares, “To have a professional soccer franchise in Las Vegas means everything. We’ve been able to bring in the NHL, we’ve been able to bring in the NFL in the near future, but there’s a massive soccer fanbase here, and they’ve just been begging to have a team. Now we’re going to get one, and it’s very exciting.”
It’s welcoming how involved the team has been to the residents of Southern Nevada. By releasing continuous information as it becomes available, it has been extremely easy for fans to get involved. As news began to spread across the valley, an open vote was conducted on the Las Vegas Lights FC’s website to help name the team. The poll, held from August 11th–28th, received 10,371 votes. There were six team names in the running, but Las Vegas Lights FC ultimately came out on top.
Using words in the voting poll like “our city” and “our club,” showcases how close knit of a community Las Vegans consider themselves as. But voting as a community on the team name was only just the beginning. The team has now asked the public to help design and submit a team logo.
“Now, help provide the artistic inspiration for the new LAS VEGAS LIGHTS logo. Give us your creative rendering of what best symbolizes LAS VEGAS LIGHTS.
Shields, Badges, Wordmarks, Fonts, Symbols, Colors. You provide the rough draft rendering and we’ll refine it as our official logo.”
Fans have already been submitting logos online and sharing their thoughts on Twitter with the hashtag #lasvegaslightsfc. It looks like the competition could be a steep one, with fan photos spreading like wildfire.
Already embracing the native Vegas culture, the team has been participating in events such as First Friday and Bite of Las Vegas — both popular food and music festivals. The team raffled off a pair of tickets at First Friday this past month and fans were all for it.
The Facebook page for the Las Vegas Lights FC has a 4.8/5 star rating and has the community posting their thoughts on the team thus far. By the sounds of it, the team is just what the city has been looking for.
So who will play on the team? Have try-outs already been held? Absolutely not. The team feels strongly about giving fair, local try-outs to “high quality level of players developed in Las Vegas.” Along with scouting USL club rosters, former American college stars and Major League Soccer reserve squad level players. Try-out dates have not yet been announced.
Getting excited? If you’re thinking what I’m thinking you can reserve your tickets online at the Las Vegas Lights FC’s website. A $20 deposit is encouraged on all reserved ticket seats. The seats are a first come first serve basis with the best seats going to those who have deposited first. Fans will then be contacted by a USL Las Vegas representative who will finalize seating as the season approaches. Ticket deposit sales range in prices from $20-$30.
For more information, visit the Las Vegas Lights FC website or look them up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.