It's been less than three months since Bay Cities FC, Bay Area's first professional sports team, was admitted to the NISA League, and the team is already playing its home opener this Saturday at the 3,500-seat Sequoia High School Stadium in downtown Redwood City.
The team's first target: the Mexican national farm team, the Xolos Tijuana.
The game is preseason friendly and will start at 7 p.m., but enthusiastic fans are encouraged to attend the pregame festivities that begin at 5 p.m. Ticket prices start as low as $15 and go up to $25 for center premium seats.
"We are extremely excited to have an opportunity to bring an organization like Xolos Tijuana to the Redwood City community," Anders Perez, co-founder and president for Bay Cities FC said in a statement. "I am thrilled that we, here at Bay Cities, have been able to attract such a high-profile team to highlight Redwood City and help us kick off our inaugural season in professional soccer."
Preseason games began last month and the team is preparing to launch its inaugural season this spring. The first game of the season is Saturday, April 9. Tickets are already on sale.
"We are the Peninsula's home team, and we are ready to earn the love and support from our community. Our team is made up of players from our neighborhoods, schools, and youth clubs," said Ivan Martinez, co-founder. "Our goal is to provide pathways to professional playing opportunities for emerging talent."