Forge FC was officially unveiled as Hamilton’s entry in the Canadian Premier League, along with the soccer club’s crest, secondary logo and colours, during a fan and media event at Tim Hortons Field Thursday evening.
“Almost every Canadian has played soccer at one time or another. Now we’ll have our own team to cheer for as well as our own professional league that our country’s best and brightest young stars will aspire to play in,” said Forge FC Co-Founder Bob Young. “The ‘Forge’ perfectly represents both Hamilton’s industrious history as well as our region’s ambitious commitment to continuous advancement. Our soccer club will mirror the fine qualities of our eclectic city as Forge FC integrates into the heart of the Hamilton community.”
Forge FC will be one of the CPL’s founding clubs when Canada’s new men’s professional soccer league begins play in spring 2019. Forge FC is the sixth CPL team to be revealed, joining Cavalry FC (Calgary, Alberta), FC Edmonton (Edmonton, Alberta), HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Valour FC (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and York 9 FC (York Region, Ontario). Hamilton’s new soccer club will play its home games at Tim Hortons Field in an intimate stadium setting with a seating capacity of 14,000 spectators.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Forge FC and the City of Hamilton to the Canadian Premier League,” said David Clanachan, Commissioner of the CPL. “Hamiltonians have a unique way of coming together as a community to rally around their sports teams with loyal, passionate support. We’re excited to see the CPL and Forge FC grow the game of soccer in the Hamilton region for years to come.”
Forge FC is now taking co-founder membership deposits for priority access to seat selection at Tim Hortons Field. A $50 deposit reserves a spot in line for up to eight season seat memberships, which will start as low as $10 per ticket per game and go on sale officially in the fall of 2018. Visit login.canpl.ca/forgefc for more information.
Inspiration: Forge FC
Forge FC uniquely represents Hamilton; a name that unites our industrious roots, ambitious future and indelible community spirit. A city advancing, Hamilton forges forward, a renaissance built on the values that permeate all Hamiltonians: creativity, ambition and grit.
Forge FC also pays respect to our manufacturing heritage and the core values of Hamiltonians forged within the mills.
Like all Hamiltonians, our club takes great pride in our home, Hamilton. Our crest was inspired by our home and its people. The monogram ‘H’ embraces the great city our club proudly represents. A cascading waterfall is featured within the H as a tribute to the more than 100 waterfalls in the Hamilton area.
Three sparks burst from the top of the monogram, representing the three foundational elements of Forge FC:
- City: Hamilton, our home.
- Community: Hamiltonians, our inspiration.
- Club: Representing Hamilton in the beautiful game.
The left stem of the H is shaped like an F, which merged with the three sparks, form the F of Forge FC.
Secondary Crest Inspiration
Forge FC’s secondary logo is a forge hammer. On the handle of the hammer are six pieces of tape, representing the teamwork of each of the six communities of Hamilton (Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Flamborough and Glanbrook). The hammer is symbolic of Hamilton’s story, as it’s the tool used to shape the city’s original steel industries, but also represents the ongoing shaping of new industries. Hamilton is commonly referred to as ‘The Hammer’. This celebrated moniker is another reason for this logo.
Club Colour Inspiration
- Spark Orange: Inspired by the sparks that come from the strike of a hammer, Spark Orange represents the energy of entrepreneurs and community builders who are reshaping Hamilton. This colour celebrates the incredible beauty of orange brick homes throughout Hamilton. It also highlights the breathtaking orange sunrises and sunsets over Hamilton and Lake Ontario.
- Platinum Steel: Paying respect to Hamilton’s manufacturing industry, Platinum Steel is the second colour of Forge FC’s palette.
- Waterfall White: Waterfall White represents Hamilton’s beauty, honouring the over 100 waterfalls that dot the Hamilton landscape from the Bruce Trail to the Niagara Escarpment.
Paying Homage to Hamilton’s Sports History
In honour of Hamilton’s birthday (June 9, 1846) and our great sporting culture, Forge FC will pay tribute by donning black and gold kits during their first match of the month in June.
Forge FC will pay homage to the illustrious history of Hamilton sports and the great teams that have paved the way. From the 15-time Grey Cup Champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats, to the defending Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs, to the Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League and the National Hockey League’s Hamilton Tigers of the 1920s, Hamilton teams have proudly worn black and gold.
About the Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League is Canada’s domestic men’s professional soccer league set to debut in spring 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL will bring professional soccer to communities across our great country.
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