BAS Readers get Half Off Tix to SF City Football Club Games!
Guest post by Tyler Hinman
Soccer fans in our city don’t have to go all the way south to a Quakes match to watch the Beautiful Game live. Instead, they can see San Francisco City Football Club play their Premier Development League games at historic Kezar Stadium. What’s more, Broke-Ass Stuart is offering readers a discount code on a ticket to one of the club’s remaining home matches! You can get them right here and use the code BROKEASSCITY to lower the price to $5
Founded in 2001, SF City FC started in the the San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL), one of the oldest soccer leagues in the country, before moving up to the NorCal Premier League in 2014 and then the Premier Development League in 2016. As the league’s name implies, its players often find further success at the professional level, so SF City fans are watching future stars in action!
The club has developed a culture that is deeply committed to San Francisco. The diehard supporters group, the Northsiders, best exemplify this spirit. Just check out this article Stuart wrote about them. When the Northsiders are not standing, singing, and lighting off smoke bombs at Kezar Stadium, they pride themselves on their community service, volunteering with Habitat For Humanity, St. Anthony’s, AIDS Memorial Grove cleanup, and other worthy causes. The club wears a special jersey every year for Pride, and then sells it to raise money for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Upset with the exclusionary and expensive pay-to-play system for youth soccer, the club started free clinics for city kids. In other words, the team is actively trying to make things better for everyone in San Francisco.
What makes the club truly unique, though, is its supporter-owned model. 51% of the club belongs to the SF City Members Organization, a non-profit group that anyone is welcome to join. Membership starts at just $40 for the year ($25 for those outside the Bay Area), and it confers the right to vote on club matters and in board-member elections. Notably, this means that the club needs the members’ consent to relocate, a fate that has befallen some local teams in the past. In addition to voting rights, members get a snazzy scarf, a special gift (different each year), and discounts on tickets or, for higher membership levels, season tickets.
This supporter-ownership model is not just part of San Francisco’s long history of cooperative, inclusive, and democratic institutions. It’s also part of the team’s efforts to maintain sports as a place where everyone is welcome. While tickets to other teams’ games are increasingly out of reach of fans in the Bay Area, SF City FC is committed to affordable prices so that everyone can be part of the club.
If you’re interested in simply checking out a match to see what it’s all about, a home game ticket is just $10, and, for the remainder of the 2018 season, you can use the code BROKEASSCITY to lower the price to $5. One home games remain: it will be a battle with the local rival SF Glens on July 12th at 7 PM. Join your fellow soccer fans, and come on City!