February 26, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today announced the official name for Ottawa’s new North American Soccer League (NASL) franchise will be Ottawa Fury FC. The decision was made after consulting Ottawa soccer fans in a “name the team campaign,” which generated some 4,000 suggestions.
“We are so very grateful to everyone who participated in the naming campaign,” said John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC. “We received many good suggestions and, after much deliberation, no name surpassed that of the Ottawa Fury, which already associates Ottawa with success on the field and stability off the field across North America.”
“The Ottawa Fury brand is well respected in both Canada and the United States,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “The hard work that has been put into this project will ensure success both on and off the field for many years to come. We are excited that Ottawa’s first kick in NASL at the new Lansdowne Stadium is just around the corner.”
Multiple team branding concepts are now being developed by internationally acclaimed Downstream Design and Technology of Portland, Oregon, and Ottawa Fury FC will soon launch a campaign for Ottawa soccer fans to assist Downstream in the selection of the official logo that the team will proudly wear for generations to come. Details of that contest will be released in the coming weeks.
“Our goal is to provide exciting, affordable professional soccer to passionate fans in a soccer-friendly new stadium,” said Pugh. “This is Ottawa’s team and it is really important for our fans to feel and be part of it. The next twelve months will prove very exciting as we continue to build the Ottawa Fury FC franchise.”
The Ottawa Fury legacy, under John Pugh’s leadership, is a winning culture at all levels. The Fury women’s program won the W-League North American Championship last July. The men’s program has captured division titles in three of the past four seasons, and Fury’s Youth Academy has seen its Boys program ranked 1st in North America over the past two years among Super Y-League clubs. For more information on Ottawa Fury FC please visit www.OttawaFuryFC.com, on Twitter @OttawaFuryFC and on Facebook at Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC will kick-off at the New Lansdowne in 2014 and fans can sign-up to reserve their spot at the front of the line for season tickets. Fans can secure their priority registration number (PRN) for season tickets with a $25 per seat deposit by calling 613-599-3267 or by visiting www.OttawaFuryFC.com
About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota Stars FC, New York Cosmos, Puerto Rico Islanders, San Antonio Scorpions FC and the 2012 champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indianapolis (Indiana), Ottawa (Ontario) and the Virginia Cavalry will begin play in 2014. For more information about the NASL, visit http://www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficialand Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is a partnership of five Ottawa business and community leaders. The partners; Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, William Shenkman and John Pugh, each own successful business enterprises and are well known in Ottawa for distinguished community service. OSEG has partnered with the City of Ottawa to revitalize and manage Lansdowne Park, which will house a 24,000 seat stadium, 9,800 seat arena, the historic Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market, a new commercial district, an office tower, two condominium towers, townhomes and an urban park. OSEG will manage the facilities and own and operate a team in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The CFL football team and the NASL soccer team will commence play in 2014.