There’s a new professional soccer club coming to San Francisco. The new team, the San Francisco Deltas, will begin play in February 2017.
The San Francisco soccer start-up is being brought to the city by a group of entrepreneurs from Brazil and Silicon Valley, led by Colombian-born, Brian Andrés Helmick.
“Today is a great day for Bay Area soccer and sports fans alike,” said Brian Andrés Helmick, SF Deltas CEO. “This game — soccer, fútbol, football — is one that unites us all, crossing all boundaries whether geographical, religious or socio-economic. Now fans of the world’s largest sport will have an opportunity to experience it played at the highest level right here in the heart of the City.”
The group of investors helping fund the team includes individuals from venture capital firms including Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Felicis and Precursor, as well as people who helped build companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Twitter and Yahoo.
The Deltas are hoping to attract a tech savvy fan-base, leveraging technology to enhance fan and player experiences, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ticketing and Virtual Reality.
The team’s name ‘Deltas’ is meant to symbolize the change and innovation San Francisco has been known for in recent years. The logo is a triangle and symbol for delta which means change. The logo incorporates the “S” and “F” of “San Francisco”.
The Deltas home matches will be played at Kezar Stadium, beginning in 2017. Following an outpouring of community support, the club received unanimous approval from the Recreation & Parks Commission to play 15-20 games a year.
The Deltas are expected to spent a significant amount of money on improving the stadium, including improved seating, locker rooms, bathrooms as well as new lighting and sound.
Kezar Stadium has previously been the home to several professional soccer teams, including the San Francisco Golden Gate Gales in the 1960’s, the San Francisco Seals in the 1990’s, the California Victory in 2007, and the Bay Area Breeze women’s soccer team in 2013. The stadium was originally built in 1925 and seated 60,000 spectators. It was reconstructed as a 10,000 seat stadium in 1990.
The stadium has been home to the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and professional soccer’s Golden Gate Gales, San Francisco Seals and the California Victory. Currently, San Francisco City Football Club of the Premier Development League plays most of their home matches at Kezar.
Sign up for the San Francisco Delta’s inaugural season tickets at sfdeltas.com.