Branding for the Canadian Premier League‘s new Ottawa club has been unveiled, as the team reveals the Atlético Ottawa name and crest.
The official Atlético Ottawa announcement was made Tuesday at TD Place. Branding for the team in inspired by its parent club, Club Atlético de Madrid. The club’s official colors are Federal Red, Blanc d’Ottawa and Rideau Blue.
“This is an exciting day for the Canadian Premier League, and we are thrilled to welcome Atlético Ottawa as our 8th Club,” said CPL Commissioner David Clanachan. “Bringing soccer to Ottawa has been a priority for us and having the involvement of one of the leaders in global football is something we are very excited about.”
“We’re very excited to be part of a project as beautiful as Atlético Ottawa,” said Miguel Ángel Gil Marín CEO, Atlético de Madrid. “We’ll work with the Canadian Premier League to share our vision of soccer and bring our experience, and also with the other clubs in the competition to help local soccer grow, as well as learning everything that a spectacular country like Canada has to offer.
“We’re looking forward to connecting with the local community for the development of soccer in the country. We want Ottawa fans to be able to feel proud to belong to the great family that is Atlético de Madrid and to share our values with them.”
Club Atlético de Madrid’s Fernando López will oversee operations for Atlético Ottawa with local business leader Jeff Hunt as a strategic partner. The club will play at TD Place, which sits on the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal in the city’s downtown core.
“It’s a great honour for me to partner with an iconic soccer club like Atlético Madrid and I’m excited for the soccer fans in Ottawa/Gatineau,” Hunt said. “The Atlético Ottawa experience will be a testament to this city, the community and the wonderful supporters and fans the city of Ottawa has.”
The Canadian Premier League launched in 2019 with seven teams. All seven of those teams are returning in 2020, with the addition of Ottawa for the coming season expanding the league to eight clubs.