By: Aaron Cranford, USLD3
MADISON, Wis. – USL Division III revealed Madison, Wisconsin, as its fourth founding member, as well as the first based in the Midwest, in May, and the league was there to celebrate and capture the arrival of the state's only professional outdoor soccer team.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Madison Pro Soccer's official unveiling:
League officials land in Madison on Wednesday, May 16, in preparation for the announcement of the USL Division III expansion team on Thursday, May 17.
USL Division III executives arrive at Breese Stevens Field for a walkthrough of the scheduled announcement. Breese Stevens Field is a multi-purpose stadium listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Breese Stevens Field is located in downtown Madison on East Washington and will serve as the home of Madison Pro Soccer in 2019 and beyond.
A stream test is conducted to ensure high-level video production for Thursday's event.
League executives tour the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison following Wednesday's walkthrough.
The tour of the university includes a stop at Camp Randall Stadium.
USL DIII members are shown around Wisconsin's capital alongside Madison Pro Soccer executives on Wednesday evening.
USL DIII officials arrive at Breese Stevens Field hours before the day of the event to set up the stage and more.
Vern Stenman (left), Jim Kacmarcik (center) and Justin Papadakis (right) talk about the growth of the league hours before Thursday's official unveiling.
USL DIII Senior Vice President Steven Short speaks to local business leaders at a pre-launch event next door to Breese Stevens Field.
Madison Pro Soccer executives discuss the future of Breese Stevens Field to multiple community business leaders while overlooking the stadium.
Before the announcement begins, a line is formed to purchase season tickets for Madison Pro Soccer.
Soccer fans of all ages pile into Breese Stevens Field in anticipation of Thursday's announcement.
Numerous soccer fans and business and city leaders take their seats and await the beginning of the press conference.
Madison Pro Soccer is officially named the fourth founding member of the league, joining South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson and Greenville Pro Soccer.
Madison Pro Soccer and league executives meet up with fans at Nomad World Pub to celebrate the arrival of Wisconsin's only professional outdoor team.