PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — As Rhode Island seeks to build enthusiasm around a soccer stadium being built in Pawtucket, the state’s United Soccer League (USL) team has unveiled its name and logo.

Rhode Island Pro Soccer announced Monday the USL Championship team will be named Rhode Island FC.

“In soccer, players and supporters wear the club crest over their hearts. Our team is a club for every Rhode Islander and we cannot wait to open our doors to welcome long-time soccer fans and folks new to the beautiful game into our home,” Rhode Island FC co-founder and Cranston native Michael Parkhurst said.

The crest, which the team says was developed with input from hundreds of Rhode Islanders, incorporates the state’s initials, an anchor and lightning bolts.

“When our club steps out on the pitch, every fan will see that we are firmly anchored in Rhode Island,” Parkhurst added.

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Rhode Island FC team will make its USL Championship debut in 2024, playing their home games at the stadium that is part of the Tidewater Landing project.

The minor league soccer stadium, however, will not pay for itself on its own.

Earlier this year, Gov. Dan McKee gave the tie-breaking vote to approve an additional $27 million in state tax money for the project. The developer, Fortuitous Partners, said they needed more money due to inflation and supply chain issues, bringing the total cost of the project from $284 million to $344 million.

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In an exclusive 12 News/Roger Williams University poll released in October, 56% of respondents opposed the plan, compared to 31% who supported the idea and 12% who weren’t sure.

Aside from the criticism, soccer fans and enthusiasts are welcoming the new opportunity to highlight their sport.

“I just think it’s going to be a great platform to bring people together and just strengthen our community,” said Brandon Iannelli, head coach of Rhode Island Rogues FC. “I think the game is growing all over the world, especially in this country now with the World Cup coming here soon.”

In addition to the 10,000-seat stadium, Tidewater Landing will be home to housing, retail stores, and restaurants on the Pawtucket waterfront.

Season ticket deposits for the inaugural season go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Club leaders and ambassadors plan to hold fan events at schools, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and other community facilities in all 39 cities and towns:

City or TownLocation and AddressTime (approximate)
BarringtonNacho Mama’s – 18 Maple Ave.4:30 p.m.
BristolPortside Tavern – 444 Thames St.11:15 a.m.
BurrillvilleCrystal Lake Tavern – 100 Broncos Highway2:10 p.m.
Central FallsProject Goal Field – Ledge St.5 p.m.
CharlestownThe Hungry Haven – 5000 S. County Trail1:30 p.m.
CoventryBorelli’s Pastry Shop – 765 Tiogue Ave.4:50 p.m.
CranstonCLCF (Cranston HS West) – 80 Metropolitan Ave.5 p.m.
CumberlandDavenport’s Family Restaurant – 1070 Mendon Road4:45 p.m.
East GreenwichBesos Bistro – 378 Main St.10:15 a.m.
East ProvidenceBayside Stadium – 2000 Pawtucket Ave.5:15 p.m.
ExeterExeter Public Library – 773 Ten Rod Road11:20 a.m.
FosterFoster Country Club – 67 Johnson Road1 p.m.
GlocesterBrown & Hopkins Country Store – 1179 Putnam Pike12 p.m.
HopkintonHope Valley Fire Department – 996 Main St.2 p.m.
JamestownEast Ferry Deli – 47 Conanicus Ave.2:30 p.m.
JohnstonAtwood Grill – 1413 Atwood Ave.12:00 p.m.
LincolnWe Roast Coffee – 276 Front St.10:15 a.m.
Little ComptonWilbur’s General Store – 50 Commons St.1:10 p.m.
MiddletownThe Atlantic Grille – 91 Aquidneck Ave.2:30 p.m.
NarragansettT’s Restaurant – 91 Point Judith Road12:30 p.m.
NewportBrick Alley Pub – 140 Thames St.1:30 p.m.
North KingstownDan’s Tavern on the Green – 615 Callahan Road3:30 p.m.
North ProvidenceCoffee Connection – 1744 Mineral Spring Ave.11 a.m.
North SmithfieldBeef Barn – 200 Industrial Road3 p.m.
PortsmouthPortsmouth Publick House – 1 King Charles Drive3:20 p.m.
ProvidenceAfrique d’Lounge – 126 Spruce St.5:40 p.m.
RichmondFetch – 91 Kingstown Road4 p.m.
ScituateGranite Farm – 50 Danielson Pike12:45 p.m.
SmithfieldThirsty Beaver – 45 Cedar Swamp Road11 a.m.
South KingstownAudrey’s Coffee House & Lounge – 60 S. Country Commons Way3:45 p.m.
TivertonCoastal Roaster – 1791 Main Road12:15 p.m.
WarrenThe Guild Warren – 99 Water St.10:30 a.m.
WarwickTreehouse Tavern – 1094 Centerville Road4:15 p.m.
West GreenwichRoch’s Food Distribution – 30 Arnold Farm Road2:30 p.m.
West WarwickFerrucci’s New York System – 1246 Main St.12:15 p.m.
WesterlyHaversham – 336 Post Road3 p.m.
WoonsocketPatriot’s Diner – 65 Founders Drive3:45 p.m.

NOTE: The club visited New Shoreham on Sunday.