In a public event hosted at Mars Music Hall earlier this evening by the voice of Nashville SC Tony Husband and local television personality Payton Walker, Huntsville City FC executives also revealed the team’s logo which was inspired by the City of Huntsville’s official seal and longstanding space industry.
“We are really excited to finally share our team’s identity with the City of Huntsville and the world,” said Majority Owner John Ingram. “The energy and partnership we have experienced in Huntsville is remarkable and we couldn’t imagine a better place for Huntsville City FC to be.”
Back in 2019, as majority owner of Nashville SC and Huntsville City FC, Ingram was intentional about creating a brand “In Nashville, for Nashville, with Nashville,” with significant input from longtime fans of the club. During the months-long process of branding Huntsville City FC, the organization embarked on a similar process of engaging with the Huntsville community, including the newly announced Huntsville City FC Managing Director of Business Operations Chad Emerson, on how to embody the spirit of the city.
Huntsville City FC’s logo takes inspiration from the official seal of the City of Huntsville as well as its longstanding space industry, which is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Missile Defense Agency, and Army Space and Rocket Command, among others. The circular shape of the seal and rocket boosters influenced the circular shape of the logo, the shooting star in the middle represents the idea of orbiting space and Huntsville’s history with the space industry, and the checkerboard design on either side of the logo pays homage to the checkered pattern on the Saturn I rocket that was developed at the MSFC.
The Saturn I rocket is part of a series of Saturn rockets developed in Huntsville. Most notably, the 230-foot Saturn IB rocket, a forerunner of the Saturn V rocket for NASA missions, is displayed at the Alabama Welcome Center in Ardmore. While it had more power than the earlier Saturn I, it was the 363-foot Saturn V that ultimately took American astronauts to the moon.
Although Huntsville City FC will sport the same color palette as Nashville SC, the NEXT Pro team’s primary and secondary colors will be blue and white, respectively, while gold and skyline blue will both serve as accent colors. Huntsville will also utilize the same font styles.
Huntsville City FC will bring professional soccer closer to fans and supporters in North Alabama as the team will make Joe Davis Stadium its home following completed renovations in May 2023.
Earlier today, City of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Jr. became the first person to purchase season tickets for the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season. To follow his steps in becoming a Huntsville City FC Season Ticket Member or to learn more about the available ticketing options, visit https://am.ticketmaster.com/huntsvillenextpro/buy.
For more information on Huntsville City FC, visit HuntsvilleCityFC.com download and select the Huntsville City FC persona on the club’s app in Apple or Android, and follow it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
John Ingram, Majority Owner of Nashville SC and Huntsville City FC: “We are really excited to finally share our team’s identity with the City of Huntsville and the world,” said Majority Owner John Ingram. “The energy and partnership we have experienced in Huntsville is remarkable and we couldn’t imagine a better place for Huntsville City FC to be.”
Ian Ayre, Nashville SC CEO and President of Huntsville City FC: “Today is an important milestone in a series of pivotal moments that will take place in the coming weeks and months as Huntsville City FC truly comes to life in this city and in Northern Alabama. So much work goes into creating the brand and logo of a team. They become the colors and identity that we wear on our chest of our favorite teams in sports. Combining the release of our brand with the ability to go online and choose your season tickets is such a key moment in what will be part of the history of this team.”
Charles Altchek, President of MLS NEXT Pro: “In bringing professional soccer to new communities across the country, growing the sport is at the very core of what we do in MLS NEXT Pro. John Ingram and his partners at Nashville SC have done just that with the launch of Huntsville City FC. I want to congratulate Mayor Battle and the City of Huntsville for their vision and effort to bring the beautiful game to fans in Northern Alabama. Thank you for welcoming MLS NEXT Pro to the Rocket City, we are excited for what’s ahead.”
Tommy Battle, Jr., Mayor of the City of Huntsville: “This is a banner day for Huntsville as we welcome the new Huntsville City FC brand into our community. The Huntsville market is well known for supporting its sports teams, and we’re excited for this opportunity to diversify our offerings and add professional soccer to our portfolio. I’ll be the first to purchase season tickets and can’t wait to experience the matches in Joe Davis Stadium.”