AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - FC Amarillo is already kicking off to a good start, with a win and a jump start to the local economy.
"Sportscaster talking about that, and they'll say Amarillo beat, and we hope that's how it always starts," said Vice President pf the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council Dan Quandt.
FC Amarillo owner Stephanie Tucker experienced a tremendous turnout for the team's first exhibition game.
She saw a crowd from all over the region, not just in Amarillo.
"We saw a great variety of communities that came out," said Tucker. "Not just here in an Amarillo, but surrounding areas. Anywhere from New Mexico, Lubbock, Dumas, all of those area."
With the inclusion of FC Amarillo, the city has cornered almost every sports market, from football to hockey.
"I think that's probably a tremendous part of what Amarillo has to offer," said Tucker. "Not only do we have the professional sports here in Amarillo, but we have the arts. We are very [diverse.] Especially for a metropolitan area, but it's a smaller metro."
Quandt believes a new sports team is a start to the circulation of more money in the community.
"You know it's in the hundreds of thousands, to maybe closer to a million dollars a year depending on what kind of draw we get," said Quandt. "How it impacts the area around in terms of food, whether it's a hotel or a restaurant. There are a lot of ancillary things that go on to the game itself, and people kind of forget that, but it means a lot to the total economy."
More events could even lead to an expansion project for the Amarillo Civic Center.
"The city council has already looked at one plan that would expand that, it would add a second arena," said Quandt. "So, we could have both football and soccer going on at the same time if we wanted."
In addition to the economy, a new team boosts the city's moral.
"People will wear the colors as we start to get in to the colors of FC Amarillo. And they'll have a button on that may sons plays on this, or my daughter play on this team. It adds to the positive tone of the community."
Roughly 2,300 people turned out for FC Amarillo's first game on Sunday.
For a comparison, the Amarillo Venom average 2,500 people per home game.