By Randy Kim, Kingston Stockade FC GM
KINGSTON, N.Y. — When it comes to the sport of soccer, nothing stokes hope, optimism, and genuine excitement amongst a club's fanbase quite like the release of a new kit.
Well, Stockade supporters, it's time to get fired up for season number three.
Working closely with soccer apparel manufacturer Inaria, Kingston Stockade FC is proud to unveil brand new home and away kits for the 2018 campaign.
For starters, the Hudson Valley side will have an exciting, new look when they take the field for home matches at Dietz Stadium. Stockade will now be wearing bold orange kits rather than the white shirts they've worn for the past two seasons. The up-tempo orange doesn't just speak to the energy and buzz around the club; it is also pays homage to the city of Kingston's rich Dutch heritage.
Moreover, the jersey features a sartorial Easter egg of sorts, as it has a subliminated topographical map of the Kingston region, which was added to honor the region from which most of Stockade's fans hail.
For road matches, Stockade will wear an elegant black strip with orange trim. The away kit also features the topographical shading as well. Overall, both kits were designed to successfully blend a classic footballing ethos with shades of the modern game, and club founder Dennis Crowley thinks the shirts successfully check both boxes.
"We're extremely pleased with the look and feel of our new kits," said Crowley. "We wanted to do something that really connected the club to the region — hence, the topographical map — but we also wanted to offer fans something that they'd like to wear away from the stadium as well, and maybe out to the pub or the farmer's market. I think we succeeded on both fronts with these great new Inaria uniforms."
As for the kit sponsors in season three, similar to the national growth of Stockade itself, no one has been left behind, but a newcomer has joined the party as well.
Local, trusted bus company Trailways of NY remains the key front-of-shirt sponsor on both home and away kits. Trailways of NY has been on the front of the shirt for every season the club has been in existence, and Stockade is extremely proud and extremely pleased to have them back on board for the 2018 campaign.
Another sponsorship mainstay, local broadcaster Radio Woodstock is on the shoulder of both jerseys once again as well. A presence at all home games, Radio Woodstock has been instrumental in spreading the word about Stockade in the Hudson Valley region.
As for the back of the shirt, a brand new addition should lift the perception of the club on a larger scale. Lyft, the fastest-growing rideshare company in the US, joins the Stockade sponsorship team for the 2018 season. Lyft shares many of the core values that Stockade does, making the company a natural fit for the shirts that Stockade will wear in the U.S. Open Cup next week. Lyft’s sterling reputation on a global scale also matches Stockade's ambitions of being a team that resonates through the Hudson Valley and beyond.
The home kits will be unveiled during on Saturday, May 5 at 6PM, at the home friendly against Newtown Pride FC. Both home and away kits will go on sale at Stockade's first regular season home match, on Saturday, May 12 at 6PM against Rhode Island Reds. (Click here for the 2018 Kingston Stockade FC schedule.) Both kits will be for sale online mid-summer 2018.
Stockade is also proud to announce its sideline sponsors for the 2018 season.
SIDELINE BANNER SPONSORSHIPS:
Best Western Plus, Kingston, NY: Best Western Plus is the closest hotel to Dietz Stadium in Kingston, and they'll be offering a 20 percent discount to Stockade fans. Please call the hotel at (845) 338-0400 to ask for the discount, or book online via this link. For more information, visit bwpkingston.com.
Bread Alone: A returning sponsor that provides the post-game sandwiches that fuel players on both the home and visiting teams. Bread Alone is a family-owned, values-driven bakery that's been baking using organic grains since 1983. Go to breadalone.com for more information.
Cabinet Designers - The Kitchen and Bathroom Design Firm: Cabinet Designers in Kingston returns as a second-year sponsor. The firm aims to improve their clients' lives by improving their living spaces. See cabinetdesigners.com for more information.
Ryan Roach & Ryan, LLP: Also a second-year sponsor, Ryan, Roche & Ryan is a full service law firm with over 50 years of experience that was founded in Kingston in 1952. Go to ryanroachryan.com for more information.
Todd's Salsa: Another second-year sponsor of Stockade. Founded by celebrity meteorologist Todd Simcox out of Bangor, Maine, Simcox started the company using ingredients right out of his own garden. Todd's Salsa is passionate about supporting local communities and is excited to be returning as a Stockade sponsor for 2018. Go to toddssalsa.com for more information.
Kingston Stockade Football Club is a men's semi-professional soccer team based in Kingston, N.Y. Stockade FC represents the Hudson Valley in the NPSL, which is the 4th division of the U.S. soccer pyramid. The club was started in 2015, played its first season in 2016, won their Conference Championship in 2017, and qualified for the 2018 US Open Cup.. For more information on Kingston Stockade FC, visit http://stockadefc.com. You can also follow the club on both Twitter and Instagram at @StockadeFC and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stockadefc