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Mayor Battle Declares May 19 Professional Soccer Day in Huntsville

Published on May 18, 2023

The Huntsville Sports Commission hosted a VIP event on the eve of Huntsville City Football Club’s (HCFC) first match at the Wicks Family Field at Joe W. Davis Stadium.

Mayor Tommy Battle marked the occasion by issuing a proclamation declaring May 19 as Professional Soccer Day in Huntsville.

“We can’t wait to see this talented team take to the Wicks Family Field — their new official home turf in Huntsville,” Mayor Battle said. “This marks the beginning of many exciting seasons for soccer fans. As we’ve watched local participation and interest in the sport grow by leaps and bounds, we are pleased to partner with MLS NEXT Pro to provide new professional opportunities in Huntsville for players, coaches, referees and sports business professionals.”

Mayor Battle presented the proclamation to Nashville SC CEO and Huntsville City FC Owner John Ingram and MLS NEXT Pro President Charles Altchek.

Read the Professional Soccer Day in Huntsville Proclamation

Three men on a stage, one of them handling proclamations to the other two
Mayor Tommy Battle presents his “Professional Soccer Day in Huntsville” proclamations to John Ingram, Principal Owner Nashville SC and Huntsville City FC and Charles Altchek, President MLS NEXT Pro.

The event, held at Fractal Brewing Project across from the Family Wicks Field at Joe Davis Stadium, included a panel featuring lead executives from MLS NEXT Pro and Huntsville City Football Club. Over 100 VIPs were in attendance making for a great lead into tomorrow’s home opener.

Moderator Jalil Anibaba quizzes leadership from Huntsville City FC and MLS NEXT Pro. Panelists included John Ingram, Principal Owner Nashville SC and Huntsville City FC; Ian Ayre, President, Huntsville City FC; Charles Altchek, President MLS NEXT Pro; and Ali Curtis, Senior VP, MLS NEXT Pro

Know before you go!

For more information about tomorrow’s HCFC match against Crown Legacy FC, including parking, security check-in and more, visit mlsnextpro.com/huntsvillecityfc.

stadium in the background with large parking lot in front
Final preparations at Joe W. Davis Stadium tonight before Friday’s inaugural soccer game.