Huntsville City FC gears up for historic first home opener

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The Huntsville City FC will play its first home game at Joe Davis Stadium Friday night. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

This weekend is an important one in the history of Huntsville professional sports, as the Huntsville City FC, the city’s new pro soccer team, plays theor first home game in team history at the newly revamped Joe Davis Stadium.

The match is set for Friday night at 7PM. Here’s more:

Pro soccer in Huntsville

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More than 3,000 season rickets have already been sold for the Huntsville City FC. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

When the announcement was made in the fall that Huntsville was getting a pro soccer team, the reception was overwhelmingly positive, as thousands of fans showed up at the Von Braun Center to see the unveiling of the team colors and logo.

Season ticket sales have been great, according to reports from the team’s office (more than 3,000 season tickets sold thus far), and the game this weekend is almost sold out.

This is pretty awesome for the Huntsville City FC and for the city itself, as a massive renovation took place to make sure The Joe was ready for the team’s first game.

So, the match looks like this: Huntsville plays Crown Legacy FC, a team that is based in Charlotte who sits atop the Eastern Conference in the MLS Next Pro League with a 7-0-1 record. Currently, Huntsville is still winless on the season, with an 0-4-3 record.

Flocking to see the new Joe

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The newly revamped Joe Davis Stadium has been transformed from a baseball stadium to a soccer stadium. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

Huntsville City FC in partnership with the Wicks Family and the City of Huntsville introduced the Wicks Family Field Tuesday night at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with an open house at the Joe following the ceremony.

“For decades, our family has contributed heavily to the revitalization and growth of our city, and today we are able to show our immense desire to also deliver a new era of sports in the Rocket City, and a new outlet for soccer and sports fans across the region.”

Mike and Christine Wicks in a combined statement

The renovations to The Joe were a long time coming, and took more than a year to complete.

The 6,000-seat stadium also features:

  • Repaved parking
  • Terrace seating has been built in the east end zone for fans to spread a blanket and watch the game
  • Bleachers built in what once was the Huntsville Stars outfield
  • A new synthetic turf field
  • LED Sports Lighting with Full Color Animation
  • A new restroom & concession building with expanded food service options
  • Renovated locker rooms
  • Officials locker rooms
  • Field-level boxes

To get tickets, visit or call 256-864-6426, ext. 2.

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