USL's Preferred Supplier Program Adds Bosch
2 Jan, 2019
The United Soccer League announced today it has entered a multi-year partnership with Bosch, which will make the world’s leading global supplier of technology and services the Official Stadium Sound and Surveillance System Supplier for all related properties, including the USL Championship – the pinnacle of competition,
USL League One (formerly USL Division III), USL League Two (formerly the Premier Development League) and the Super Y League. Bosch becomes the latest addition to the USL’s Preferred Supplier Program, which continues to bring on industry leaders in the facility and front office areas.
“We are thrilled to bring on Bosch as the newest member of our Preferred Supplier Program,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “Bosch employs more than 400,000 employees worldwide and is considered an industry leader in stadium solutions. Through their broad range of products, they can precisely meet the specifications of any given project, large or small. With Destination 2020 on the horizon, Bosch will be a huge asset in bringing top-quality audio and security into our USL stadiums.”
Bosch security and communications systems are unique in the scope and scale of the integrated system solutions they can offer. The family includes Bosch (security, conferencing and public address systems), Dynacord (professional audio electronics) and Electro-Voice (professional loudspeakers and microphones). Each a best-of-breed specialist, these brands are the choice of stadia across the globe and have helped provide exceptional audience experiences at numerous Olympic Games and World Cup soccer tournaments.
Whether it’s conferencing systems for behind-the-scenes operations, safety systems providing automated alerts and announcements, or intelligent video surveillance systems that assist security personnel, Bosch systems help things run smoothly while protecting people and property. Whether on the concourse or in the main stadium seating areas, loudspeakers from the extensive Electro-Voice (EV) portfolio can be selected to precisely address the audio needs of any space. EV is a global leader in professional loudspeaker design and engineering, with a legacy established over 90 years of industry-changing innovations and hundreds of patents. The speakers are powered, networked, remote-controlled and monitored via electronics equipment from Dynacord – another brand with decades of unparalleled expertise behind its state-of-the-art products. Designed to work together seamlessly with EV speaker systems, Dynacord amplifiers and DSP offer an optimal combination of power and energy efficiency, always with user-friendly operation.
“We are thrilled to bring on Bosch as the newest member of the Preferred Supplier Program,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “Bosch employs more than 400,000 employees worldwide and is considered an industry leader in stadium solutions. Through their broad range of products, they can precisely meet the specifications of any given project, large or small. With Vision 2020 on the horizon, Bosch will be a huge asset in bringing top-quality audio and security into our USL stadiums.”
The USL will oversee the expansion of an estimated 30-40 new franchises at the second and third divisions of professional soccer over the next five years, which will create opportunities for potential suppliers and vendors to support this growth.
Through its Preferred Supplier Program, the USL connects suppliers with new franchise owners and existing USL clubs in order to deliver the best possible experience for fans across North America. Preferred suppliers are “Best in Class” companies that provide services and products to professional franchises and stadium developers and must meet the USL’s strict quality standards. The USL is currently in discussions with suppliers that support stadium development, as well as the buildout of team front offices and operations.
The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 75 million people to fuel the growth of professional soccer across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, the USL’s Match Center and international markets over the 2018 season.