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Energy FC could rank among league's best in attendance

by Chris Brannick Published: December 19, 2013

Soccer is coming to Oklahoma City and it’s coming in a hurry.

Energy FC began selling tickets for the 2014 season Nov. 15 and have already sold out of some parts of the stadium. The USL Pro franchise will kickoff in late March or early April; the league said an announcement will be made shortly after the new year on an exact schedule.

Oklahoma City’s ultimate goal of moving from the United Soccer Leagues to Major League Soccer will depend heavily on attendance.

Jon Beilstein, Executive Vice President of Sales for Prodigal, which owns the new soccer team, took some time to chat with The Oklahoman about how ticket sales have gone so far.

“We are right on track,” Beilstein said. “We haven’t even hit our stride yet.”

Beilstein said that two sections are already sold out. The VIP and Skyview sections are all booked up and the Grandstand Premium is very close to selling out.

Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness High School will be host to Energy FC in the spring and has yet see the changes made before the season starts. However, when opening kick does arrive, 4,000 seats will be available.

If Energy FC can sell out its home games at 4,000 tickets per game, it would find itself near the top of the league in average attendance. Orlando City led the league last year with 8,053 per game.

Along with their two championships in three years, Orlando City was called up to the MLS to begin in 2015. Rochester came in second with 5,795 and no other team averaged 4,000, a mark Oklahoma City could see.

“Our plans are to sell out every game,” Beilstein said. “We’ve been very happy with what the response has been from the community.”

by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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USL 2013 Attendance Leaders

Team - Average Attendance (Total Attendance)

Orlando - 8,053 (11,2748)

Rochester - 5,795 (81,136)

Charleston - 3,548 (49,683)

Wilmington - 3,162 (44,269)

Pittsburgh - 3,156 (44,193)

Richmond - 2,527 (35,381)

Phoenix - 1,537 (21,518)

Harrisburg - 1,457 (20,405)

Charlotte - 818 (11,454)

Los Angeles - 733 (10,268)

Dayton - 643 (9,013)

Tampa - 402 (5,641)

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