GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - An upstart soccer team in Greenville says they're playing their first-ever season at a local school.
The Greenville Triumph Soccer Club announced Thursday they have partnered with Legacy Early College to play its inaugural season at the school’s soccer facility. The proposal to do so received initial approval from the Greenville County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, but the decision is expected to be finalized in December.
“We are honored and excited that the new pro soccer team has chosen us for this partnership,” said William Brown, executive director of Legacy Early College. “The team and their ownership group know Legacy Early College’s story of success, and part of their mission is to help more people see, hear and appreciate the extraordinary things the school and its students are accomplishing.”
The team will play 14-16 home games in its initial season from March through September 2019, with dates and times pending. Meanwhile, the team is working on a more permanent home for their games; if approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals, construction will begin soon on temporary stands to accommodate approximately 4,000 spectators at the field on East Bramlett Road in the City View area on Greenville’s west side.
“We are pleased to find a partner in Legacy Early College that is the embodiment of the success and triumphant spirit we are building around this professional soccer team,” said Joe Erwin, chairman of Greenville Triumph SC. “The diversity reflected in this school and the surrounding neighborhood speaks directly to what makes soccer the world’s game.”
As part of the partnership, the Triumph says they will create part-time game day jobs for Legacy scholars, upgrade the soccer field’s playing surface to bring it into FIFA compliance, and provide for construction of a permanent scoreboard. Greenville Triumph SC also will create a staff internship position for Legacy scholars beginning this spring and continuing through the first five seasons, and work to market Legacy scholar success stories to raise the profile of the school and its students.
“The truth is, we hope and plan to continue this partnership for years to come knowing that what we can do for the scholars and families of Legacy Early College is far outweighed by the graciousness of their welcome for our organization and their exuberant embrace of the Triumph family,” Erwin said.
The team completed a traffic study examining the impact of game day traffic to the neighborhood and plans to employ experienced traffic management, parking and security resources on game days. The team says they identified sufficient parking near the field and has offered to work with area churches and businesses that want to sell parking during games. Because the school is within walking and biking distance of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the team will provide bicycle parking, and will have dedicated drop-off zones for rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft.
The Triumph will provide family zones on game days featuring games and face painting, and concessions will be open to anyone and not require a game ticket. In the coming months, neighborhood youth will be invited to participate in free soccer clinics featuring members of the Triumph team.
The team says they have been meeting with neighborhood residents, churches and businesses to get their feedback, and hosted a neighborhood meeting in November at Legacy’s Parker Campus cafeteria to share information and answer questions.