Burlingame Dragons FC Near Sellout for Home Opener
Record Breaking Success Tied to Community Outreach
Burlingame Dragons FC, the Premier Development League affiliate of the San Jose Earthquakes, are closing in on a sellout for their home opener on Saturday, June 4th against the expansion Los Angeles Laguna at Dragons Stadium at Burlingame High School. This is the second year for the organization which is the brainchild of Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn and former Facebook and Genentech CFO David Ebersman.
“We're really excited about the local support for the coming season. We're anticipating a packed house at our home opener. There's definitely a buzz about the roster the Quakes have put together for us and as defending champs we know everyone will be gunning for us. We can't wait to kickoff our second season.” Dragons co-owner Nick Swinmurn.
The Dragons success on the field has been apparent from the first day of that first season. The team got off to a fantastic start on the field, winning the Southwest Division of the PDL in 2015. The Dragons did not lose on their home field in the inaugural season and are looking to improve on their playoff victory and appearance in the Western Conference Final Four. They have hired a new coach, Eric Bucchere, to shepherd the team towards this on-the-field goal. Bucchere, the head coach at Menlo College and a Dragons assistant in the inaugural season, is looking forward to the challenge of meeting and exceeding last year’s stellar performance
While the organization has had a great deal of success on the field, it seems to be more proud of its success off of the field. At the beginning of the offseason, Swinmurn and Ebersman made the decision to hire Jordan Gardner as the new President of the Dragons organization. Gardner has paid immediate dividends as he has focused on incorporating businesses and organizations up and down the Peninsula into the Dragons family for the 2016 season. The Dragons have established strong partnerships with the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, the Sheriff’s Activities League of San Mateo County and AYSO, a volunteer-run youth soccer organization just to name a few. Helping the local community is what the Dragons FC have taken pride in and helping those in need is an ethos of the organization that the Burlingame club takes very seriously.
“One of our top priorities this off-season was to integrate the Dragons organization into the fabric of the community. Our partnerships with non-profits & civic leaders throughout the Peninsula has solidified our status as ‘The Peninsula’s Team.’ I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the support and pride the people of San Mateo County have in our franchise.” Dragons President Jordan Gardner.
Through helping those in the local community, the Dragons are hoping to solidify themselves as an organization here for the long haul, one who deeply cares about the local community. There is currently unprecedented support for the club, as season ticket sales figures are at franchise high numbers. Paired with corporate and youth club ticket purchases that have been very strong so far, Gardner feels that there is a rising surge of support in 2016 that will be unmatched in the young club’s history.
“We are currently doubling our ticket sales numbers from last season, and are on track to break franchise and league-wide attendance records this season” said Gardner. “It’s a credit to our ownership, front office and sales staff that we’ve taken such an incredible leap forward this season. I can’t wait to see a full house of 4,300 people at Dragons Stadium for our home opener on June 4th” said Gardner.
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