“Following last year’s many successes, including making the PDL playoffs for the third straight year, advancing for the first time to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and performing admirably against 10 illustrious professional clubs from around the world, we’ve assembled yet another highly-talented team of international players who will electrify our fans and sponsors in 2012,” said Ranbir Shergill, general manager of the Ventura County Fusion. “In addition to rebuilding the core Fusion squad, we’ve secured an excellent slate of corporate marketing partners to provide added value and benefits to our fans, and we’ve made improvements to enhance the in-game experience for all attendees at the Sportsplex. These moves, along with affordable season ticket packages, will make the 2012 PDL season another fun and exciting one for Ventura County Fusion supporters.”
Ventura County Fusion: 2012 Home Game Schedule
The Ventura County Fusion’s schedule of home games for 2012 is as follows:
Wed. June 27, 2012 7:00 p.m. PDT Orange County Blue Star
Wed. July 4, 2012 1:00 p.m. PDT Fresno Fuego
The team plays all home matches at the Ventura College Sportsplex, located at 4667 Telegraph Road.
The Fusion have also been granted automatic entry into this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (http://thecup.us), the prestigious national soccer tournament open to all United States Soccer Federation (USSF)-affiliated teams, including professional clubs from Major League Soccer (MLS). The Fusion’s first-round game in the competition is Tuesday, May 15, with the opponent, location, and kickoff time to be announced in the coming days. Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer competition of its kind in United States soccer, and is among the oldest in the world.
Fusion Solidifies Corporate Marketing Partners and Sponsorship Support
Led by returning title sponsor Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, featured on the front of the team’s home and away-game jerseys, the Fusion has renewed corporate marketing agreements which provide the team with financial support and other important consideration as it seeks its second PDL Championship title in four years, and looks to expand its increasingly-
In addition to the Crowne Plaza, the Fusion has secured sponsorships with the following Ventura County businesses for 2012:
> adidas®, the official apparel and equipment provider of the Fusion.
> Downtown Ventura Organization, an advocacy group dedicated to fostering a vibrant commercial and cultural district with strategic capital improvements, enhanced maintenance and security, effective marketing and promotions, historic preservation education, and effective administration.
> FASTSIGNS® of Ventura, a custom sign and graphic solutions provider to companies of all sizes across all industries.
> First California Bank, a community bank with 18 full-service branches throughout Southern California.
> Limoneira, a 117-year-old international agribusiness corporation headquartered in Santa Paula.
> Peck Chiropractic Sports Medicine.
> PFGBest Precious Metals, an investment firm specializing in sustainable investing practices.
> Quick Printing Plus, a full-service printing and copy company.
> Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, a regional chain of pizzerias in Bakersfield, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
> Ventura Orthopedics.
> Xtreme Soccer, an Oxnard, Calif.-based seller and marketer of soccer apparel, footwear, and accessories.
Ticket Pricing and Availability
The Fusion also announced affordable season ticket plans for 2012. An adult season “flex” ticket package, which includes the admission of one adult for all eight Fusion regular-season home games and all U.S. Open Cup, international exhibition, and playoff matches, is $65.00 per person, while youth season ticket packages, available to children 16 and under, are only $39.00 per person. A family season ticket package, which includes the admission of two adults and two youths to all eight Fusion regular-season home games and all U.S. Open Cup, international exhibition and playoff matches, is just $189.00. Tickets to individual home games are also available at a cost of $10.00 per game for adults, and $5.00 per game for children ages 16 and under.
Ventura County Fusion season ticket packages and individual home game tickets are now available by contacting Fusion headquarters at (805) 830-8027, or by ordering online at http://www.vcfusion.com/
Corporate Sponsorship Pricing and Availability
Customized sponsorship packages with varied pricing are still available for the 2012 PDL season. Companies interested in exploring sports marketing opportunities with the Ventura County Fusion should contact Shergill by phone at (805) 256-0925, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.