San Francisco Deltas, a San Francisco professional soccer startup, has been launched with support from a group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Brazil.
The team is funded by a diverse group of investors who have helped build companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Twitter and Yahoo, individuals from venture capital firms including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (Emily Melton), Precursor Ventures (Charles Hudson) and Felicis and entrepreneurs from Brazil.
Founded in 2015 by a diverse group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Brazil and led by Colombian-born entrepreneur Brian Andrés Helmick, the new team will begin play in February 2017. Home matches will be played at Kezar Stadium, formerly home of the San Francisco 49ers, which has capacity for approximately 10,000 fans.
The team intends to join the North American Soccer League (NASL), an alternate league to Major League Soccer (MLS), and will compete in the U.S. Open Cup and will host friendly matches, including a pre-season match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The startup plans on leveraging technology to enhance fan and player experiences, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ticketing and Virtual Reality.