By: Bryan Giese
Summer planning is always intense; vacations, family time, holidays, and of course the Milwaukee Torrent. To help you prepare your summer event calendar, let us dive deeper into the events the Torrent have planned in addition to their schedule of matches.
Season Kick-off Party
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6pm, the Torrent will be hosting their third annual season kickoff party. This year it will be held at Anodyne Coffee Roast at 224 W Bruce Street in Milwaukee. Season ticket holders will be able to pick up their passes when they arrive. Not a season ticket holder yet? No problem! Everyone is invited to attend the party. Stop by for player interviews and a chance to meet both the men’s and women’s teams. New Torrent merchandise will be available for purchase that night as well, so you can be seen at all the Torrent matches in your stylish new gear. While at the party be sure to enjoy beer and other beverages while you get to know “The Flood” and other Torrent supporters that you will be cheering and chanting with all season long.
The Torrent will have a few new things at this year’s party. First off, they are excited about the publishing of “A soccer summer dream with the Milwaukee Torrent” written by Marla McKenna and illustrated by Brenda Kato. Marla McKenna is the author of I’m a Secret Superhero, Sadie’s Big Steal and her best seller, Mom’s Big Catch, where she has partnered with major and minor league baseball teams including the Milwaukee Brewers.
Also new at this year’s kickoff party, there will be a drawing that ties directly to another special event, Fan Fest.
Milwaukee Torrent Fan Fest
The Milwaukee Torrent will be hosting a celebration party for the team supporters called Fan Fest on June 17, 2018 at 3pm. This match will be held at the home of the Torrent, Hart Park and will feature an intermural match made up of the men’s and women’s Torrent rosters. Teams will be selected during a special draw hosted on Facebook Live. This drawing will determine which players end up playing together.
The two teams will be couched by four lucky season ticket holders. Two men and two women will be randomly selected at the kickoff party in April to coach the two teams. If you would like to have a chance at being selected, be sure to have your season tickets or flex plan package purchased prior to March 31, 2018.
Also at Fan Fest, players and coaches will be available for pictures and autographs after the match. If you don’t have something to collect autographs on, the Torrent have you covered. Team posters for both the women’s and the men’s teams will be handed out free that afternoon.
Spring Vendor Fair Day
Beginning at 9am on May 5, 2018 at Hart Park, the Milwaukee Torrent and the Community Foundation will be hosting a vendor fair. Over 60 area vendors will be located on the track surrounding the Torrent’s home pitch selling their handmade goods and services.
Throughout the event, the Milwaukee Torrent women’s team will be on the field conducting free soccer clinics for kids of all ages. While you shop the many different vendors that will be in attendance, kids will have an opportunity to learn and play on the same field that the Torrent do, by the Torrent players.
After the fair, plan on returning to Hart Park that afternoon as the Milwaukee Torrent Men’s team kicks off their conference schedule with a match against AFC Ann Arbor beginning at 6pm. For all the details on the match, and any questions you may have regarding the facility, check out the “Match Day Guide” on the website.
Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events, the Kickoff Party on April 21, Vendor Fair on May 5, and Fan Fest on June 17. For a complete list of matches, both home and away, be sure to download the Torrent schedules.