SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- There’s a new professional soccer team that just started up in Syracuse. The team, AC Syracuse Pulse, is just getting started on the field, but they are already making an impact off the field.
AC Syracuse Pulse started its first season just a couple weeks ago. For now, the team plays their home games at Onondaga Community College. Along with all of the on-field goals, the team’s General Manager and Director of Investments and Sponsorship Bill Testa said that he hopes to help those in the area.
“One of my goals is to bring a lift not only to the small businesses, but to the community,” Testa said.
Testa also described a service that will be available to fans that also helps local businesses in Syracuse. Fans who take pictures at AC Syracuse home games can get their pictures printed for free. Along with free printed pictures, fans will also receive coupons to local businesses that are partnered with AC Syracuse.
One local business that has already been heavily involved with the club is Wolff’s Biergarten. In the future, there will be weekly meetings held at the bar along with other local businesses. The general manager of Wolff’s Biergarten, Joseph Jones, has enjoyed the relationship with the team already.
“They wanted to hold all of their PR events here, including the coach’s signing, which they did, which was really cool,” Jones said.
There are also watch parties held at Wolff’s by the Salt City Supporter’s Group for AC Syracuse games.
“It makes it a little bit more fun because usually on Wednesday evening around 9 or 10 o’clock or even 7, no not 7,” Jones said. “But 9 or 10 o’clock sometimes it could die down a little bit.”