Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Next Meeting is August 9th

Mark your calendars - the next public meeting of the Third Rail will be held Saturday August 9th at 2:00 pm.

The location will be announced at a later date, pending confirmation from our venue. We're thrilled with the response to our membership drive, and are upgrading to a larger space to accommodate as many members as want to attend. 

See you then!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Help Us Design the 2014 Members' Scarf!

Another day, another contest!

This time, we're asking for your help in designing the scarf all Third Rail members will receive as part of their membership package for 2014.

This scarf will never be sold, it will only be available to Charter Members as our thanks for joining!

You can use this template, or submit it using your own (click for full size):
Send your proposed designs to ThirdRailContests@gmail.com. The Third Rail's Board of Directors will evaluate all submissions and nominate four semi-finalists. We will hand those semi-finalists over to the full membership, which will then vote online and in person on the final design. One vote per member.

Submissions are due by 12:00 noon EST on August 4th, 2014. Voting will commence later that week and culminate in the Third Rail's next public meeting, to be held on August 9th.

What should the slogan be?  "WE ARE NEW YORK CITY" worked for our first limited run last year, but maybe it's time for something new. And should we include "CHARTER MEMBER" on it, to honor all of you who are fans from Day One?  The decisions are yours!

Okay, now here's the fine print:
  • The scarves are approximately 7" x 60".
  • This is for our current membership package, so if you're including a year please keep it to 2014.
  • You may not use "NYCFC", "New York City FC" or any of the club's logos or trademarks. We are an independent supporters group. 
  • You do ask, however, that you include at least one of our logos (click for full size).
  • Please keep in mind that these scarves will be embroidered; be careful of overly-complex designs.  Simpler is better, and we encourage you to limit the colors to our palette.  We reserve the right to modify all designs to accommodate production requirements.
  • You may submit as many designs as you like. 
  • This contest is open to anyone regardless of membership in the Third Rail. If a non-member wins, that designer will receive a free scarf of his/her design. If a member wins, he/she will receive a Third Rail logo tshirt, to be produced at a later date.
  • You agree that by submitting your design you release all rights to us, because;
  • We reserve the right to hold on to great designs that don't make this cut and manufacture them for sale at a later date. If we do that, we'll give you the first one free!
Have at it - we can't wait to see what you come up with!

EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First Event - Our Contest Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of tickets to the EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

The Third Rail will be represented at this event by our members:

Anthony Larsen


Marie-Claire Bousquette

Congratulations to Anthony and Marie-Claire, and have fun playing FIFA 15!

This is one of many special benefits available to our members as we march to 2015. To be eligible for our contests and other fan events, join the Third Rail today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sign Up Today to Win Tickets to the EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First Event!

Calling all gamers: EA SPORTS is holding a special FIFA 15 event in New York City next week, and the Third Rail has tickets!

Two lucky Third Rail members will win tickets to EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Tuesday, July 29th from 3-8pm.

This is your chance to attend the ultimate soccer fan experience and receive an exclusive hands-on with FIFA 15 almost two full months before it is available in stores!

FIFA 15 doesn't go on sale until September 23rd, but our winners will be among the first to play!

All 2014 Third Rail members are eligible for this contest, regardless of the date you signed up.

In order to be eligible for this drawing, you:
  • must be a Third Rail member (not a member yet? You can join here and be eligible right away!);
  • must be a FIFA gamer;
  • must be at least 18 years old;
  • must be a U.S. resident;
  • cannot have already participated in an EA SPORTS event;
  • must be active on social media and open to sharing your usernames with EA SPORTS.
To enter, FILL OUT THIS ENTRY FORM and email the completed form to ThirdRailContests@gmail.com. Please make sure that the name on your entry sheet matches the name on your Third Rail membership.

Entries are due by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 25th. We'll announce the two winners that afternoon, and you can start getting ready to play!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Membership Drive is On!

UPDATE: Now includes shipping costs to Australia and New Zealand! See PayPal button below.

Now that the World Cup is over, we are turning our eyes back to MLS; the march to 2015 is on!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting membership requests via PayPal. Just click on the button below!

How much is it?

Membership is $30 for 2014; new membership fees will be due every year on January 1st for all members.

Any member who joins in 2014 will be listed in our roster as a Charter Member for helping us get the Third Rail up and running.

What do I get?

Members receive:
  • The opportunity to sit in the supporters section with the Third Rail;
  • Third Rail pre-match events at local Bronx bars;
  • Exclusive Third Rail Merchandise;
  • Reduced prices for beverages at local bars;
  • Discounted group travel to away games;
  • Exclusive benefits from New York City FC including members-only events with NYCFC personnel;
  • Voting power on decisions made by the Third Rail;
  • much, much more!

Charter Members will also receive an exclusive Third Rail scarf, with the design to be chosen by the members at our next public meeting! This scarf won't be available anywhere else, and will tell everyone that you were a supporter of NYCFC, and the Third Rail, since Day One.

If you can attend one of our meetings in person we will arrange to have your membership package (including scarf, when available) on hand for pickup. If you need your scarf and other materials shipped to you, you may request that when you sign up below. Shipping rates are $7.50 within the United States and $15 to Europe. For other countries, please contact us and we will be happy to quote a shipping rate.

I don't want to sit in the Supporters Section. Can I still join?

Absolutely! We want to be a group where all fans of New York City can come together. Whether you want to stand with us and throughout the matches, you want to join us for special events, or just want to add your voice to our conversation, we welcome all supporters of NYCFC.

When's the next meeting?

This week, we will be announcing the date of our next public meeting; I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Join Today!
Welcome to the Third Rail, the first Supporters' Club for New York City FC!
How would you like to receive your membership materials?

Thank you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reminder - World Cup Semi-FInal Viewing Party at Brother Jimmy's!

Don't forget - tomorrow we have our World Cup Semi-Final Viewing Party, co-sponsored with New York City FC itself!

Germany punched its ticket to the final in dramatic fashion this afternoon, now it's time for Argentina and the Netherlands to step up. Which one will win the right to face Die Adler in the Estádio do Maracanã on Sunday?

Our viewing party will be at Brother Jimmy's BBQ on 31st and Lexington in Manhattan. The match starts at 4:00, the party starts at 3:00!

We'll have beer specials provided by our friends at the Bronx Brewery. There will also be half-priced appetizers, prizes and giveaways, and the opportunity to watch the match with NYCFC staff.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for the Third Rail (if you haven't already), and a special raffle for Third Rail members.

See you there!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Introducing Our Official Logos!

Just moments ago, we unveiled our official logos, designed by New York City-based graphic artist Matthew Wolff.

Our primary logo is a raised Art Deco fist holding three orange lightning bolts against a rectangular background.

We also have a simpler secondary logo for certain applications where the primary is too complicated.

The fist can also be used by itself.

Finally, we have the official wordmark in isolation:

We'll be updating this website in the coming days. Next week we'll also discuss in some detail the inspiration behind the designs, but for the moment we're just thrilled to finally make these public.

Almost immediately afterwards, the club tweeted out a high compliment: Awesome.