Heroes Stadium (Credit: Urban Spotlight)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s new pro soccer team, the San Antonio Scorpions FC, will host a select-a-seat event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at North East Independent School District’s Heroes Stadium for season ticket-holders and those who have put down deposits to reserve season tickets for 2012 North American Soccer League (NASL) home games.

“This is a great opportunity for our season ticket-holders and those who want to become season ticket-holders to choose just the right seating for exciting professional soccer beginning next spring,” said Scorpions President Michael (Hitch) Hitchcock. “We believe pro soccer played at a very high level – just one step removed from Major League Soccer – is long overdue in San Antonio. We also believe the Scorpions will greatly benefit Morgan’s Wonderland because Scorpions profits will go toward expanding services and programs at the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park created with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind.”

The Scorpions will play their inaugural season home games in 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium at Thousand Oaks and Wurzbach Parkway in the former Longhorn Quarry. This will provide ample time for building a new 5,000-seat playing facility designed specifically for soccer and expandable to 10,000 seats, Hitchcock said. The soon-to-be-constructed Scorpions Stadium will be located across from Heroes Stadium on Thousand Oaks and adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland and the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex.

The Scorpions front office will contact season ticket-holders and those who’ve put down deposits in the order received, Hitchcock said. The earlier the commitment, the earlier time the ticket-holder or depositor will have to come to Heroes Stadium on Aug. 20 and select his or her specific seat. At 1 p.m., all fans can reserve seats during the open house portion of the day, which will end at 4 p.m.

Fifteen-game season-ticket packages are available in the following categories: general admission, suite, VIP deck, reserved, ADA (accessible), military discounts and supporters section discounts, while payment plans include a monthly option, Hitchcock added.

For more information about the season-ticket event, fans should call the Scorpions at (210) 495-8686, or e-mail [email protected] Fans also can obtain Scorpions information at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com; they can call toll-free (855) 333-2012; or they can stop by STAR Soccer between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. In addition, Scorpions fans can follow the building of their team at http://www.Facebook.com/SanAntonioScorpions and http://www.Twitter.com/SAScorpions.

Through season-ticket plans, single-game tickets start at $8 for youth age 16 and younger and $12 for adults. Season tickets offer significant savings over game-day pricing, Hitchcock noted. He listed other season-ticket benefits as follows:

Opportunity to reserve a specific seat for every Scorpions home game.
Two complimentary admission tickets to Morgan’s Wonderland.
10 percent in-stadium discount on apparel bearing the Scorpions logo.
Exclusive season ticket-holder gift.
Invitation to “meet the team” and other exclusive season ticket-holder events.
Two bring-a-friend general admission tickets for two selected home games
10 percent discount on Scorpions camps and clinics, Scorpions tournaments and Scorpions leagues.
Scorpions season ticket-holder book including discount coupons to local businesses that support Soccer for a Cause.
Ticket exchange program.
As an added bonus, a pre-game tailgate area will be available near STAR Soccer where fans can socialize before walking a short distance to Scorpions games at Heroes Stadium.

Gordon Hartman, founder of Soccer for a Cause, the community-wide effort that’s bringing pro soccer to San Antonio to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland, lauded Scorpions staff members for their efforts to establish a high-quality soccer club.

“We continue to see tremendous interest in the Scorpions as preparations accelerate toward exciting NASL competition next spring,” he said. “In addition to signing up season ticket-holders and sponsors, we’re recruiting a top-notch head coach, and then we can turn our attention to signing talented players this fall. Throughout our pro-soccer journey, we’ve drawn tremendous inspiration from special-needs individuals who face cognitive and physical challenges each and every day.”

About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is the Division II men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NSC Minnesota Stars, Montreal Impact (joining MLS in 2012), Puerto Rico Islanders and the San Antonio Scorpions FC (beginning play in 2012). For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. For real-time updates, follow the NASL on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/NASLOfficial or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.


Michael Macias