What Is "nycfc Social"?

Midas Mulligan

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This has been posted elsewhere, but I'm pinning it at the top of the board for newcomers. We don't have a name. We don't even have a "we". We have individuals who have begun a dialogue to pursue a similar purpose. A brief summary of those goals follows.

Statement of Purpose
We aim to be a loose coalition of individuals who share Third Rail Supporters Club's passion for NYCFC, but prefer a more casual approach to the match and supporter experience. The vision behind this group is one of providing an organized platform for communication and collaboration that offers a complementary outlet for those who would like to enjoy the camaraderie of a supporters' group without some of the fervor typically associated with an MLS supporter section.

Our shared goals:
1. Connect those who are passionate about the game and its growth, particularly as it relates to our city and NYCFC.

2. Communicate opportunities to participate in casual match day or other social gatherings centered around enjoying the company and conversation of people who have these shared interests

3. Set an example of the stadium environment we hope to cultivate by identifying a particular section, distinct from the dedicated supporters section, as "ours" (be it official or not), in which we aim to be supportive of the club while also being comfortable, hospitable and fun for ourselves and any guests.


While the organization itself is not directly affiliated with Third Rail Supporters Club, we hope that each individual associated with our effort will opt to support TRSC in the manner of their choosing. For most of the organizers of the "NYCFC Social" effort, that means being dues paying members of TRSC to assist in funding their critical role in delivering a stadium experience of which we can all be proud. Of course, as with anything else associated with the "social" movement, the choice is yours alone (we aren't big on requirements).
 

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Great initiative. I know much has been debated about this group but I think this is a good thing.

I had my own doubts in whether or not I would fit in the "supporters culture" as I am brand new to the MLS and being a "Fan". I also had my qualms about feeling a bit out of place at the first meeting (as mentioned in the first supporters meeting thread) . However, I realized that the best thing I could do is contribute (as your are doing) and I spoke to the board about my vision of truly embracing all types of people/culture in the Third Rail (supporters section or not). The board appreciated that vision and took my constructive feedback and I have since been appointed Director of Membership on the board of the Third Rail.

Beyond logistical responsibilities, my hope is to foster a welcoming culture where the organization can embrace the talents and passion of each of the members at the Third Rail. I think the reality is, you are absolutely correct in that not everyone in the Third Rail is going to want to be in the standing section. There will be children, guests, family and people with bad knees who simply will not want to be in that section.

As mentioned, there are no restrictions on how many supporters clubs there can be. However, I truly believe we can impact this city/MLS/NYCFC with a united front. There is strength in numbers that we can leverage to make a bigger impact in the community, exclusive benefits awarded to the supporters club members by NYCFC and game day experience. We will very much need people outside of the Supporters section to be united with our colors and singing our chants.

I would like to encourage you to continue what you are doing. If there is an opportunity for the Third Rail to be more involved with the mission to have a fans voice outside the supporters section I would surely love to help. Please let me know!
 

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Great initiative. I know much has been debated about this group but I think this is a good thing.

I had my own doubts in whether or not I would fit in the "supporters culture" as I am brand new to the MLS and being a "Fan". I also had my qualms about feeling a bit out of place at the first meeting (as mentioned in the first supporters meeting thread) . However, I realized that the best thing I could do is contribute (as your are doing) and I spoke to the board about my vision of truly embracing all types of people/culture in the Third Rail (supporters section or not). The board appreciated that vision and took my constructive feedback and I have since been appointed Director of Membership on the board of the Third Rail.

Beyond logistical responsibilities, my hope is to foster a welcoming culture where the organization can embrace the talents and passion of each of the members at the Third Rail. I think the reality is, you are absolutely correct in that not everyone in the Third Rail is going to want to be in the standing section. There will be children, guests, family and people with bad knees who simply will not want to be in that section.

As mentioned, there are no restrictions on how many supporters clubs there can be. However, I truly believe we can impact this city/MLS/NYCFC with a united front. There is strength in numbers that we can leverage to make a bigger impact in the community, exclusive benefits awarded to the supporters club members by NYCFC and game day experience. We will very much need people outside of the Supporters section to be united with our colors and singing our chants.

I would like to encourage you to continue what you are doing. If there is an opportunity for the Third Rail to be more involved with the mission to have a fans voice outside the supporters section I would surely love to help. Please let me know!
First, TR picked a great candidate for that position. I've got faith that you will set a very high standard for Director of Membership.
Once again, NYCFC Social is a loosely organized coalition. As long as TR remains a welcoming environment for all then there will be no need to worry about having a scattered and inevitably weakened Supporters Section. We are all working towards the same common goal: to enhance the fan and stadium experience.
 

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Great initiative. I know much has been debated about this group but I think this is a good thing.

I had my own doubts in whether or not I would fit in the "supporters culture" as I am brand new to the MLS and being a "Fan". I also had my qualms about feeling a bit out of place at the first meeting (as mentioned in the first supporters meeting thread) . However, I realized that the best thing I could do is contribute (as your are doing) and I spoke to the board about my vision of truly embracing all types of people/culture in the Third Rail (supporters section or not). The board appreciated that vision and took my constructive feedback and I have since been appointed Director of Membership on the board of the Third Rail.

Beyond logistical responsibilities, my hope is to foster a welcoming culture where the organization can embrace the talents and passion of each of the members at the Third Rail. I think the reality is, you are absolutely correct in that not everyone in the Third Rail is going to want to be in the standing section. There will be children, guests, family and people with bad knees who simply will not want to be in that section.

As mentioned, there are no restrictions on how many supporters clubs there can be. However, I truly believe we can impact this city/MLS/NYCFC with a united front. There is strength in numbers that we can leverage to make a bigger impact in the community, exclusive benefits awarded to the supporters club members by NYCFC and game day experience. We will very much need people outside of the Supporters section to be united with our colors and singing our chants.

I would like to encourage you to continue what you are doing. If there is an opportunity for the Third Rail to be more involved with the mission to have a fans voice outside the supporters section I would surely love to help. Please let me know!
Great post Samuel. It means a lot to hear some support from the "parent" organization.

I know with as much passion as we all share, we will combine to make NYCFC into a marquee brand in MLS and beyond.
 

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Just want to let you all know how great of an idea this group is. I'd definitely be in, I prefer a more mellow environment, but I'm planning to get my seats in a completely different area from where you're all looking. I'll be going to games with my son, so I want to get us as close to the field as possible. Anyway, good luck with this, and I'll probably be a semi-member. ;)
 
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I am not ready to be a season ticket holder. I will be taking my son to the games and seeing how much he enjoys it. This supporters group has a relaxed feel and I hope that carries over to the game day experience. I wish much success for your website.
 

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I am not ready to be a season ticket holder. I will be taking my son to the games and seeing how much he enjoys it. This supporters group has a relaxed feel and I hope that carries over to the game day experience. I wish much success for your website.

Thanks for stopping by. Season tickets do feel like quite the commitment.

Fortunately, even if you can't make all of them, I think the savings, re-sale of individual tickets and locking up right of first refusal makes it a decent, low-risk investment. That's my rationale anyway. Either way feel free to join us whenever you are able.
 

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Thanks for stopping by. Season tickets do feel like quite the commitment.

Fortunately, even if you can't make all of them, I think the savings, re-sale of individual tickets and locking up right of first refusal makes it a decent, low-risk investment. That's my rationale anyway. Either way feel free to join us whenever you are able.

That's another thing that is factoring into my seat selection! I want good seats but I am also considering resale value and demand. I want to be able to at least get face value for my unused tickets since I know I will miss games. Between getting married next year, military commitments and living 2.5-3 hours away, I know i'll be forced to miss a few games. I'd hate to see those tickets just be lost and also want to minimize my overall risk, $700-1000 is not all that big of a deal, but considering gas and parking for every game is going to be $50+ (split at least 2 people)
 
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