Soccer fans flooded the bleachers at Pribil Stadium on Saturday afternoon for Oklahoma City Energy FC’s Select Your Seat program, putting season ticket holders in seats ahead of the new soccer team’s inaugural season.
Fans have been able to purchase tickets since November, when the team announced an agreement with Bishop McGuinness to play their home games on Connelly Field at Pribil Stadium. Based on when fans purchased their tickets, they were allowed to select their seats.
Representatives from the team helped the fans find their section. Once a fan found the seat they liked they took the seat number back to one of the team’s workers who helped them finalize their selection.
“I just love soccer,” Erik Swanson, 33 of McLoud said. “Growing up I wish there had been a professional team I could come see. Now, it’s right here in our back yard.”
Swanson bounced from seat to seat in one of the two Premium sections. He said he couldn’t wait to see a match being played and hoped the city would get behind its team.
Rudy Erb of Edmond and Shayne Hudson both said the same thing about why they chose to purchase season tickets.
“I’m just excited to see other sports grow big in the United States,” Erb said.
Hudson, also from Edmond, said they chose their seats in the Preferred section three rows up because they were behind the home bench. Hudson and Erb have season tickets for six seats, their boys play soccer together at Edmond Soccer Club.
Players from Energy FC were on hand to meet the fans, who purchased shirts, hats and other memorabilia. Midfielder Michael Thomas said when the fans met him and other players they said they were really excited for the season to start.
The first home game for Energy FC is April 26, when they host defending USLPro champion Orlando City SC.