Feeling Blue in the MASL
There are a couple of teams in the Major Arena Soccer League feeling blue this season as they prepare to improve the fan atmosphere in their respective buildings. The Kansas City Comets and Utica City FC have both introduced a new blue color turf that hopes to look good not only for the players and fans but on television.
“We looked into red as a possible color for the turf but our advisors told us that blue would look much better,” state Jeff Husted, Comets Director or Marketing and Communications. “The blue turf was an easy way to do something new and exciting.”
Husted added that the new surface was indeed a sizeable investment but a necessary one due to the fact that the former turf was nine-years-old and looked about twenty-years-old. The previous “green” turf was sold off after last season.
The blue colored field is part of a series of new initiatives that management hopes boost the gameday atmosphere and ticket sales at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena according to Husted.
“We will be introducing a refreshed and revitalized game presentation and bring back former fan favorite player.”
The other club that has installed a blue color turf is Utica City FC who began its first season this weekend after playing the past seven years in Syracuse. City’s home Adirondack Bank Center has housed basketball, hockey, concerts, and monster truck shows, but never indoor soccer in it’s close to 60-year history.
The flooring was installed last month and the team christened the turf with a 5-2 victory over the three-time champions Baltimore Blast to an energetic and enthusiastic crowd of over 3,000 at “The Aud”. City hopes to emulate the success of its co-tenant the Utica Comets who established an American Hockey League record of 122 consecutive home games sold out earlier this season in October.
Utica adopted a traditional European soccer nickname for its club, perhaps standing out among the 16 other clubs in the league and giving itself a rather unique identity into the indoor game.
The Aud will house the Corona Premier Biergarten, a field level seating area featuring All-You-Can-Eat authentic German food, access to the Kilfoil’s Irish Pub, and a souvenir team branded stein for $25 a game.
Utica City’s returns home on December 9 against the Florida Tropics and Kansas City will play its home opener on Saturday, December 15 against the Milwaukee Wave.
Here’s to being blue.