Green Bay Voyageurs FC announced its team name, logo and colors on Saturday at Green Bay Distillery. The team’s identity was introduced by General Manager Dannon Anderson and Managing Director Peter Wilt in front of a crowd of more than 100 soccer fans, community leaders and team representatives.
The name Voyageurs is a reference to the earliest European settlers of Northeastern Wisconsin, the team said in a press release. The logo includes a four-paddle canoe symbolic of the early voyageurs’ preferred mode of transportation in the area, stars and a crescent moon and a sash representing the Fox River that connects Green Bay and Lake Winnebago.
“Soccer fans from Green Bay and other local communities submitted hundreds of names for the team during this process,” Anderson said in a statement, noting that it had been suggested by six different supporters — the most of any proposed name. “And it fit the community the best when we looked at the connections. The area was originally settled by French trappers and traders who were known as voyageurs. One of these voyageurs was Charles Michel de Langlade, the Father of Wisconsin who called Green Bay home.”
The six people who submitted the name Voyageurs will all receive a limited-edition Green Bay Voyageurs FC scarf as a prize.
Wisconsin and Green Bay’s connection to French voyageurs dates as far back as 1634 when Jean Nicolet landed at Red Banks, just outside of present-day Green Bay. One hundred thirty years after Nicolet’s landing, in 1764, Langlade founded and settled Green Bay.
“Using a name that was submitted and voted by the fans provides a strong community connection. We asked for names that are connected to the history, geography or traditions of Northeastern Wisconsin and Voyageurs fits perfectly,” Wilt said.
GBVFC worked with designer Matthew Wolff, a 28-year old who has worked on iconic brands such as New York City FC, Los Angeles FC, Paris St. Germain and the French Men’s National Team.
“Green Bay is known for its passionate sports fans,” Wolff said in a statement. “That really fueled my excitement for this project. I enjoyed exploring the legends of the Voyageurs, which helped me understand what their legacy means to the Green Bay/Ashwaubenon area.”
The team’s first home game at Capital Credit Union Park is slated for Friday, May 31st at 7:00 pm against WSA Winnipeg. Season and group ticket packages are on sale now. Voyageurs merchandise and tickets are available at the team’s new website, www.greenbayvoyageurs.com. Group and season ticket information is also available by calling 920-497-7225 or emailing General Manager Dannon Anderson at Dannon@greenbayvoyageurs.com. All single game ticket and live stream video information will be announced at a later date.