Fans invited to first Five Bars pub club event Thursday, April 21
PEORIA, IL (April 14, 2022/Updated April 20, 2022) – As Peoria City prepares for its debut season in USL League Two, fans will have the opportunity to interact with organization members off the field at several events throughout the year to be hosted by the founding members of the Five Bars pub club.
Peoria City is partnering with local establishments Bearded Owl Brewing, The Fox Pub, Pour Bros. Craft Taproom and W.E. Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Fare for the formation of the Peoria City Five Bars pub club, which will host Peoria City events and soccer-themed promotions throughout the year.
The first Five Bars event will take place Thursday, April 21 (3:00 p.m.) at W.E. Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Fare in Peoria Heights. ESPN Peoria’s The Jim Mattson Show will broadcast live from W.E. Sullivan’s, where Peoria City’s ownership and management team will talk about the formation of Peoria’s entry into USL League Two, present the team’s branding marks and unveil the promotions schedule for the team’s six 2022 home games. Fans also may purchase season and single-game tickets, as well as Peoria City merchandise, and join the Peoria City supporters group.
Future Five Bars events are being planned at The Fox Pub leading into the May 14 season-opener, as well as an in-season event to be hosted at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in Heritage Square. Specific details for these and future events will be announced as they approach.
Peoria City is preparing to kick off its inaugural season Saturday, May 14 when the first-year USL League Two expansion team hosts Minneapolis City SC. The other five Peoria City home games are scheduled for Friday, May 27 (Des Moines Menace); Friday, June 3 (St. Croix SC); Wednesday, June 22 (Des Moines Menace); Friday, July 1 (FC Manitoba) and Sunday, July 3 (Thunder Bay Chill). All six games are slated for 7:00 p.m. CT kickoffs at Bradley University’s Shea Stadium.
Peoria City tickets and promotions information will be announced April 21.
Five Bars is a reference to the design of the Peoria City badge, which incorporates six diagonal lines to form the borders of five wider bars. The lines symbolize the six Illinois River crossings into the Peoria city limits, while the five bars represent Peoria’s five city council districts.
ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO
A part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates the USL Championship, USL League One, Super Y League and the new USL Academy, USL League Two is the top pre-professional soccer league in North America, offering a summer platform for aspiring professionals across the United States and Canada. League Two is the defined and proven pathway for players to progress to the ranks of professional soccer, while its clubs become fixtures in the communities where they operate. More than 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have League Two experience, including 66 alumni chosen in 2018 and 61 in 2019. Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, Inter Miami CF’s DeAndre Yedlin, and Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan are among the many U.S. National Team players to have competed in USL League Two before making their professional debuts.