WE HAVE A NAME: GREEN BAY VOYAGEURS FC
February 9, 2019, Ashwaubenon, WI: Green Bay Voyageurs FC announced its team name, logo and colors on Saturday at Green Bay Distillery. The team’s identity was introduced by General Manager Dannon Anderson and Managing Director Peter Wilt in front of a crowd of more than 100 soccer fans, community leaders and team representatives.
The name Voyageurs is a reference to the earliest European settlers of Northeastern Wisconsin. The logo includes a four-paddle canoe symbolic of the early voyageurs’ preferred mode of transportation in the area, stars and a crescent moon and a sash representing the Fox River that connects Green Bay and Lake Winnebago.
“Soccer fans from Green Bay and other local communities submitted hundreds of names for the team during this process,” Anderson said. “Voyageurs had more submissions (six) than any other name and it fit the community the best when we looked at the connections. The area was originally settled by French trappers and traders who were known as voyageurs. One of these voyageurs was Charles Michel de Langlade, the Father of Wisconsin who called Green Bay home.” The six submitters of the name Voyageurs will all receive a limited-edition Green Bay Voyageurs FC scarf as a prize.
Wisconsin and Green Bay’s connection to French voyageurs dates as far back as 1634 when Jean Nicolet landed at Red Banks, just outside of present-day Green Bay. One hundred thirty years after Nicolet’s landing, in 1764, Langlade founded and settled Green Bay.
“Using a name that was submitted and voted by the fans provides a strong community connection. We asked for names that are connected to the history, geography or traditions of Northeastern Wisconsin and Voyageurs fits perfectly,” Wilt said.
GBVFC worked with designer Matthew Wolff, a 28-year old who has worked on iconic brands such as New York City FC, Los Angeles FC, Paris St. Germain and the French Men’s National Team. Talking about the opportunity to work on the brand, Wolff said, “Green Bay is known for its passionate sports fans. That really fueled my excitement for this project. I enjoyed exploring the legends of the Voyageurs, which helped me understand what their legacy means to the Green Bay/Ashwaubenon area.”
The team’s first home game at Capital Credit Union Park is slated for Friday, May 31st at 7:00 pm against WSA Winnipeg. Season and group ticket packages are on sale now. To purchase Voyageurs merchandise or tickets fans can go to the team’s new website: www.greenbayvoyageurs.com. Group and season ticket information is also available by calling 920-497-7225 or emailing General Manager Dannon Anderson at Dannon@greenbayvoyageurs.com. All single game ticket and live stream video information will be announced at a later date.
About the Green Bay Voyageurs: Green Bay Voyageurs FC are a member of USL League Two and will begin play in May 2019 in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference. The team name, colors and crest were developed with input from the public to build a team that truly represents the community. The team will play its home games at the new Capital Credit Union Park. The multi-purpose stadium opens in May at 2231 Holmgren Way, less than a mile from historic Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. It is very accessible throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, less than 30 minutes from the youth soccer hotbed of Appleton, WI and 15 minutes from the ten-field Akzo-Nobel Soccer Complex in Howard, WI. Information about the team can be found at www.greenbayvoyageurs.com. Capital Credit Union Park information can be found here.
About USL League Two: USL League Two is a pre-professional league affiliated with USL Championship, USL League One and Major League Soccer (MLS). Opponents in the Heartland Division include WSA Winnipeg, Thunder Bay Chill, Kaw Valley FC, Des Moines Menace and St. Louis Lions. The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including over 80% selections in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.