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Destination Irvine to Partner with OC Blues Soccer

Published: 03/25/2014

Contact: Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing
Destination Irvine
949-502-4112
wendy@destinationirvine.com

DESTINATION IRVINE TO PARTNER WITH OC BLUES SOCCER
Organization to Leverage Professional Sports Team into Destination Marketing Efforts

Irvine, Calif., March 25, 2014 - With the Orange County (OC) Blues Football Club now competing at its new home, Anteater Stadium, Destination Irvine saw being a part of this new era as an opportunity to leverage a local professional sports team into their destination marketing efforts.

As a partner of the OC Blues, the organization is promoting the team through social media and public relations efforts, including ticket giveaways, along with client and media events.

In return, the destination garners exposure through logo placement on the team's jerseys, website, program and other marketing initiatives.

"We see this partnership with the OC Blues as an opportunity to not only attract soccer fans to visit Irvine and stay in our hotels, but to further support the local community," said Linda DiMario, Sr. Director, Economic Development & Tourism, Irvine Chamber of Commerce. "Having a professional sports team can further enhance city pride."

The goal of the 2014 OC Blues Football Club is to bring the USL PRO Championship home to Irvine.
"Coming here is the result of forward momentum for our team," said General Manager Jon Spencer. "Irvine is at the center of one of the premiere locations for soccer in the U.S."

The strongest U.S. men's professional soccer league on and off the field, USL PRO is entering the second season of its partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO now features 14 teams, including new rivals for the Blues this season in the LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC.

2014 OC BLUES HOME SCHEDULE
Games are played at University of California, Irvine's Anteater Stadium. Thursday games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday games kickoff at 7 p.m. and Sunday games kickoff at 4 p.m.

APRIL
5th vs. OKC Energy FC
12th vs. SAC Republic FC
24th vs. Harrisburg City
27th vs. LA Galaxy II

MAY
8th vs. Charlotte Eagles
31st vs. Phoenix FC Wolves


JUNE
7th vs. Dayton Dutch Lions
21st vs. Chivas USA Res.

JULY
12th vs. Phoenix FC Wolves
26th vs. LA Galaxy II

AUGUST
17th vs. SAC Republic FC
23rd vs. Wilmington Hammerheads
30th vs. Richmond Kickers

SEPTEMBER

6th vs. OKC Energy FC

For a complete schedule and to learn more about the team visit www.ocbluesfc.com

About Destination Irvine

Under the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.) positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.

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