"The Vaqueros launched in January, and in a matter of months their supporters have turned them into what may be Tarrant County’s most intriguing summertime sports organization, particularly as the Texas Rangers season fades."
_ Fort Worth Weekly
“The blessings were more than we ever dreamed.”
_ Olga Naranjo, regarding the Vaqueros jersey sponsorship lottery
THE FORT WORTH VAQUEROS STORY
Founded in 2014, in a mere three year’s time the Fort Worth Vaqueros have proven to be one of the most innovative clubs in American sports. In doing so the Vaqueros have filled a sports void in the nation’s 17th largest city and “blessed” the community while doing so. The 2017 season will kickoff in April as the Vaqueros reign as Fort Worth's only active minor league sports club.
• The innovation proved clear from the beginning as the club turned its identity over to the Fort Worth community, which chose both the name Vaqueros and the logo through online and in-person voting. A slew of names were submitted but ultimately it came down to Fort Worth United, Fort Worth Vaqueros FC and Panther City FC. Fans were allowed to submit their own logo designs and 84 were narrowed down to the final four images.
• NO TICKETS NEEDED
The Vaqueros instituted a revolutionary concept by eliminating the need for paper tickets for their season seat holders. Instead, every season seat holder received a free jersey, which they wore on game day as their ticket into the game. This created an instant atmosphere, as the stands were flooded with Vaqueros blue.
• THE JERSEY LOTTERY
The innovation continued with the annual jersey sponsorship lottery. Knowing it would be difficult to find a singular company to invest $50,000-$75,000 in a first year start-up, the Vaqueros got creative. Thus, the sponsorship lottery was born. Each sponsor that purchased a sponsorship package of $5,000 or more had their company name put into a golden Easter egg. On April 3, 2014 Miss Fort Worth Destiny Velez pulled a singular egg from a bowl to reveal the sponsor to adorn the front of the Vaqueros jersey. Fort Worth non-profit group Hispano Exito won the lottery and the right to display its logo across the front of the players’ and fans’ jerseys. Hispano Exito founder Olga Naranjo created Hispano Exito to help provide backpacks and school supplies for needy students in Fort Worth. She said winning the sponsorship lottery brought unprecedented exposure to her organization. “The blessings were more than we ever dreamed,” Naranjo said.
The lottery continued in 2015 as Tarrant County College won the jersey front in their first year as a sponsor of the Vaqueros. 2016 continued the lottery tradition as local pub Chimera Brewing Company, a sponsor since the first year was drawn as the 2016 jersey sponsor.
• PANTHER CITY HELLFIRE
Taking their name from a historic Fort Worth nickname, the Vaqueros were bolstered by the unwavering loyalty of their supporters group, the Panther City Hellfire. The chants, drums and songs of the European style supporters group provide instant atmosphere and eliminate the need for cheesy and tired sports clichés to be pumped through the stadium PA system.
• KICKING & READING
With Education as its main social platform, the Vaqueros players enter local schools and read to the students. School children who read 10 books during the year receive a voucher for two free tickets to any Vaqueros home game.
• INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
The Vaqueros have faced an international opponent in all three seasons. In 2014 the Vaqueros faced the El Salvador Sub-23 national team. In 2015, Japan's RKU club took on Fort Worth. 2016 proved to be a banner year when it comes to international friendlies when two Mexican clubs Santos Laguna and Monterrey sent their Sub-21 teams to Tarrant County for a pair of games against the Vaqueros.
• ONE OF A KIND KITS
Thanks to 2016 jersey partner UN1TUS, a Cleveland based manufacturer, the Vaqueros sported a jersey unlike any other soccer team on the planet. True to the mantra of allowing the community to have its input, the Vaqueros let the supporters design their 2016 kits. The fan inspired designs matched up in head-to-head voting until the public including a supporter from as far away as Germany voted for the ultimate design that was custom crafted by UN1TUS.
• In 2014 the Vaqueros began the year the club garnered national media attention for their creative and cheeky “Luis Suarez” Fangs Night promotion. Playing off the now infamous bite incident during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Vaqueros passed out fangs before their game on June 29 and offered free “Chiellini” dogs in a parking lot tailgate.
• The club held its first Charity Shield match to benefit Hispano Exito and thanks to the corporate sponsors and ticket sales, the Vaqueros were able to raise enough funds to buy a backpack for 1,448 students heading to school this fall in the Fort Worth ISD.
• The Vaqueros appeared in over 100 community events and provided opportunities for young players to further their careers. With an average age of 21.9 years old, the squad is truly dedicated to providing opportunities to players who still have the ability to reach the upper levels of professional soccer. While they're ambition to the make it to the next level as a professional, Vaqueros players embrace their role as positive role models for local kids and Fort Worth Ambassadors to help Fort Worth kids reach their potential, on and off the field.
About The NPSL
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor of the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which formed in 2002. In 2005, the league was recreated into an expanded national league to accommodate teams from the Midwest region, and in 2007 a Northeastern region was added. In 2008, the National Premier Soccer League became a truly national league with the addition of the Southeast region.
The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body for soccer in the United States and FIFA the world’s ruling body for soccer. Integrity, Success and Longevity is what the National Premier Soccer League stands for. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team run league.
The Fort Worth Vaqueros compete in the National Premier Soccer League as a part of the South Central Conference in the South Region. We are a premier soccer team committed to providing quality soccer and fostering growth and development to the highest level for every player.
The Vaqueros have partnered with Texas Wesleyan University to play their 2015 home games at Martin Field, home of Wesleyan's men's and women's soccer teams.
About Martin Field
Where is Martin Field?
Martin Field is located at the corner of Collard and Lancaster a mere 8 minutes east of downtown Fort Worth off I-30. The address is 599 Collard St., Fort Worth Texas 76105
What is Vaqueros Village?
Vaqueros Village provides a festival like atmosphere to enhance the GameDay experience. Vaqueros village features Food Truck Alley, The Kids Corral, Mini-Fields, Merchandise Tents, Activities, a VIP area and a BeerGarden.
How much does parking cost?
Parking is Free
Are any outside food or drinks allowed?
No outside food or drinks are allowed.
Can I purchase Vaqueros merchandise during games?
Yes, a merchandise stand will be featured in the stadium
Where is will call located?
Will call is located by the Collard Street Gate
What is the rain out policy?
As soon as a game is postponed due to rain, the latest information will be updated on the website and Vaqueros Facebook and Twitter accounts. If a game is rained out and moved to a later date, the rain policy is as follows: If less than 45 minutes of Fort Worth Vaqueros FC match or the match is cancelled for any reason outside the control of the Fort Worth Vaqueros FC on match date, purchase ticket is good for the equal value to any future 2015 home game for the Fort Worth Vaqueros. Tickets are subject to availability at the time of the exchange. Rain check tickets must be exchanged at the Martin Field box office.
Where can I purchase game tickets?
Supporters can always buy your tickets online at fortworthvaqueros.com any time day or night. Tickets can also be purchased in person on match days at either entrance.