The Oklahoma City Energy Football Club (aka Energy FC) came to Oklahoma with one goal in mind in 2014. The soccer franchise wanted to be the type of organization that could have a major impact on and off the field. In the short time that the Energy Football Club has been a part of the city's sports landscape they have done just that. “I think the presence and impact have been large on and off the field,” said Jason Hawkins, Energy Football Club General Manager. “Obviously, we’re a club that prides ourselves in really using soccer as a cause and we’re really the communities' team. Can you say we’ve raised the bar on all levels in terms of the game soccer? Absolutely. It’s important to us that our players are very assessable in the community. It’s one of the things we pride ourselves on.”
The Energy Football Club found a home at the 7,500-seat Taft Stadium (NW 27th Street) in 2015. Known as the “Community Stadium,” it’s located in the heart of one of Oklahoma City’s oldest residential areas and was built as part of the Works Progress Administration initiative in 1934.
For the dedicated fans who are looking for more than just the game atmosphere, a tailgating area has been set up between the stadium and Taft Middle School. It opens two hours before kick-off and closes 30 minutes after the game concludes.
“Since day one it’s been strong. It was amazing to see the number of followers we gained right off the bat,” Hawkins said. “That really showed us the belief that it was the communities team. All the way back when the brand first launched there was an immediate affection from the community. Part of the reason to move into Taft Stadium was that it was a crown jewel. But to be honest, we needed somewhere that had more capacity. It’s not uncommon for us to end up in a standing room only at some of our games.”
The Energy Football Club uniform stands out from the crowd of other football clubs around the nation. The logo incorporates Oklahoma native American roots with symbols such as an Indian battle shield, Eagles Feathers, a peace pipe and olive branch.
Fans can find the Energy Football Club gear at Taft Stadium on matchdays. Bathed in the states colors of green and white, the uniform is distinctive and easily identifiable,
Go online at shop.energyfc.com to find hats, jerseys, scarves, jackets, etc. to find the perfect outfit for the next Energy FC game.
The football club has made it quite easy to find tickets for home contests. They can be purchased online at EnergyFC.com or in person at The Soccer Store (1512 SW 29th) or the Energy FC front office (NW 9th & Broadway). Patrons can also call (405) 235-KICK (5425) to purchase individual game tickets or season packages. The box office at Taft Stadium opens at Noon on game days.
Energy FC are a part of the USL Championship, which is one of the largest professional soccer organizations in North America. Since the inaugural season in 2014, Energy FC have made the playoffs three times, including two trips to the Western Conference Final.
The rise of the Energy FC has not gone unnoticed by its biggest supporters. Since 2014, the team’s average attendance has been over 4,000 per home game. The team’s average attendance in 2015 was 4,635 per home game.
The core of the team’s fan base is made up of The 46 – a collection of supporters’ groups from a variety of backgrounds all coming together to cheer on their hometown club.
“The biggest testament is people coming out to the games and supporting the teams,” Hawkins said. “We’re also very proud of the base, the loyal supporters that we’ve got. But we’ve also got a second supporters group that has popped up in the Hispanic community. I describe like a snowball that continues to get larger and larger as it gains more and more momentum."
Author: Michael Kinney