Loudoun United FC announced Monday its new stadium in Leesburg will be named Segra Field after agreeing to terms with the technology and communications company.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement runs through 2026, according to team officials. The deal becomes the third sports venue for Segra, which has named two minor league baseball parks in the Carolinas.
The stadium, which will seat 5,000 and include eight luxury suites for 24 viewers each, is expected to be completed next month in Leesburg, adjacent to Leesburg Executive Airport.
“Segra is proud to partner with Loudoun United FC,” Segra Vice President of Marketing James Nester said in a prepared statement. “This is an exciting project for Loudoun and the region. We look forward to supporting soccer’s growth in the area, while further establishing our brand and helping drive economic development in Loudoun.”
The South Carolina-based company, which has a presence in northern Virginia, owns one of the most advanced fiber infrastructure networks, covering more than 21,000 miles and connecting to more than 9,000 on-net locations and 44 data centers throughout nine mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, according to Monday's announcement.
“It’s a type of partnership that I think every new stadium dreams about and hopes they can include in their business model,” Loudoun United Chief Operating Officer Adam Behnke said in an interview with the Times-Mirror. “It’s a really unique opportunity for us to both grow together. So, I’m ecstatic. It’s a home run of a partnership for both sides, a win-win for everybody, and I really think it adds to the credibility of what Loudoun County is doing in the business community.”
Loudoun United, which is a member of the 36-team USL and the minor league team for DC United, announced its naming partner Monday at the Loudoun Economic Development Building in Ashburn.
The USL team began its inaugural season in March. Home games thus far have been played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
D.C. Sports Facilities Entertainment LLC and Loudoun County worked since January 2018 to land Loudoun United FC, the county's first professional sports franchise. As part of the agreement, the county will pay $15 million for construction of the facility and be reimbursed by DC Soccer Management Company.
The stadium under construction includes a 500-space parking lot to support the stadium, a 40,000-square-foot indoor training facility and four full-size soccer fields. Two soccer fields will be used by DC United and Loudoun United. The other fields will be for county use.
Segra Field will also host a variety of other sporting events, community activities and concerts, according to team officials.
Excited about supporting the team, Loudoun County Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall spoke at the team's press conference.
Randall, emphasizing that "Segra" means to prevail, said her support for the team continues to grow and hopes the community will embrace the team using the term "#WeGotYourBack."
"I'm excited to have Loudoun United here," Randall said. "Not only because of the economic development tool that Loudoun United and Segra Field will be, but also how important these young players will be on the next generation of players."
Loudoun United (4-6-4) will host its first home game in Leesburg on Aug. 9 against Charlotte Independence.
"It's really exciting, and we couldn't be any happier," Loudoun United Head Coach Ryan Martin said after the announcement. "We train in Loudoun a couple days a week, so every time we go over, we look at the progress, and to be honest it's astonishing how much it's grown. So, we can't wait until August 9."