RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – If you've ever been to a professional soccer game, or even seen one on TV, you know how passionate the fans are. Now that Reno has been awarded a USL franchise, local soccer fans have come together to form the Battle Born Brigade fan group.
"It's going to be a party before the game, during the game, and after the game," says D.J. Racis.
"We've been creating flags," says Laura Moreno. "We've been working on a lot of chants. We're getting really excited for the 2017 season to start."
The atmosphere at a soccer game is different than any other sport, and fan groups like this one add tremendous energy to the game-day experience.
"It's a party in the stands," says Racis. "(It's unlike) any other sport that there is in the world. Soccer culture for supporters is just a completely different demon."
"It adds a lot of energy for sure," says Jeff Spurlock. "In terms of loudness and just supporting the team, because that's going to be our number one priority is to be here to support the team."
"It starts at a base level of cheering and singing, and getting people excited, and then it goes to a fever pitch when something really great happens," says Reno 1868 FC president Eric Edelstein.
The Battle Born Brigade Facebook group already has almost 500 followers, and they encourage anyone to join, even if you don't know anything about soccer.
"We're all really welcoming," says Spurlock. "So if you don't know what soccer is all about, the rules or anything, if you just come and hang out with us during the game, we'll give you the lowdown."
"We've had a lot of people who have come and sat with us for a game," says Hunter Leach. "That's really what you have to do. You just come and try it and it's a totally different experience, and I think once you do it, you'll be hooked on it."
"We'll help them with passing out song cards and chant sheets," says Edelstein. "So everybody in the stadium will know what they're singing and why they're singing it, and hopefully bring the whole stadium into what they're doing."