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- Verizon will serve as the presenting sponsor for HDFC’s Fan Appreciation Week, a special week of activations to thank fans for their support throughout the year, featuring a postgame concert following the Houston Dash game on Oct. 8 featuring Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, and Rob Base at Shell Energy Stadium
- The partnership will also feature a pre-match party celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month prior to the Houston Dynamo match on Sept. 30 and exclusive experiences for sweepstakes winners at Shell Energy Stadium on Fan Appreciation Weekend
- Verizon will be featured prominently on the front of both the Dynamo and Dash training tops for the remainder of the season
HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houston Dynamo Football Club (HDFC) today announced that Verizon will serve as the official 5G partner of both Houston Dynamo FC and the Houston Dash. Both organizations will collaborate on enhancing the fan experience at Shell Energy Stadium and Verizon will serve as the presenting sponsor for Fan Appreciation Week, beginning on Sept. 30.
“Today’s announcement exemplifies the momentum that surrounds the organization as we enter this key stretch of the year. We are ecstatic to be working with Verizon on exciting opportunities and events for all fans and invite them to join us for a memorable concert on Oct. 8,” HDFC chief operating officer, Jessica O’Neill said. “We are also thrilled to see this partnership develop further in 2024.”
Fan Appreciation Week begins with a pregame party at Shell Energy Stadium to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month prior to the Texas Derby on Sept. 30. Pregame festivities will include a beer garden, live music and the final of this year’s Own Your Block Cascarita Tournament. The Dynamo look to secure a berth in the postseason against their in-state rival and win the regular season series after earning a point in the first meeting of the season with FC Dallas.
Festivities include a Dash Bash, specifically a 90s themed concert, to close the 2023 NWSL regular season at Shell Energy Stadium when the Dash host Angel City FC on Sunday, Oct. 8. The star-studded lineup includes Vanilla Ice, an award-winning performer who sold 10 million albums and hit No.1 on the Billboard charts with the single “Ice Ice Baby.” The concert includes performances from Rob Base, who went platinum following the release of his debut album “It Takes Two.” Tone Loc, an American Music Awards winner and Grammy nominated rapper, and his unmistakable voice will also take the stage on Oct. 8 to perform hits like “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” Additional information and tickets for the match are available at HoustonDash.com.
“Verizon is thrilled to team up with the Houston Dynamo Football Club to present what is sure to be a fun-filled, memorable Fan Appreciation Week and support a strong finish to the regular season and beyond,” said Michelle R. Miller, Coastal Plains market president for Verizon. “As the first city to have Verizon 5G Home Internet almost five years ago, H-town is a special place for Verizon. This partnership with HDFC, one of the city’s most endeared sports clubs, allows us to continue to connect people to the experiences that matter most to them.”
The partnership will include sponsorship of the Dynamo and Dash training top for the remainder of the season. Verizon will also serve as the presenting sponsor for two sweepstakes that will give fans exclusive experiences at Shell Energy Stadium as part of Fan Appreciation Week in October.
The Dynamo close a two-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Shell Energy Stadium. Wednesday’s match is the second match of a five-game stretch across 15 days to close the month, which includes the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on Sept. 27 in Florida. The Dash return to league play on Oct. 1 when they travel to New Jersey to face NJ/NY Gotham FC.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO FOOTBALL CLUB
The Houston Dynamo Football Club is a multi-faceted organization that includes the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, Houston Dynamo Academy, Club affiliates, and the Club’s supporters. The Dynamo are a Major League Soccer team that has won two MLS Cup championships, one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and four conference championships in its first 17 seasons and has qualified to represent the United States in international competition seven times. The Dynamo have advanced to the Conference Championship series seven times in 17 years, the most of any Major League Soccer team since 2006; and the club’s four appearances in the MLS Cup Final are tied for the most in the league during that time span. The Houston Dash joined the Houston Dynamo Football Club on Dec. 12, 2013 as the first expansion team of the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States and Canada, as well as talent from around the world. The Dash began play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash captured their first league trophy, the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, on July 26, 2020. The teams train at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and play at Shell Energy Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamoFC.com or call (713) 276-7500.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $136.8 billion in 2022. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
Jeannine Brew Braggs