BBVA Compass nails down title sponsorship of Birmingham Hammers soccer team

- Bank puts visible stamp on city's newest team

- Bank's logo will be on team uniforms as well as Hammers' website, social media channels

- Soccer team is entering its inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League

Mar 03, 2016, 15:16 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass announced today that it is now the title sponsor of the Birmingham Hammers, the newest addition to the National Premier Soccer League, putting another of the bank's visible stamps on efforts to bring the world's most popular sport to the city.

The BBVA Compass logo will be solely featured on the front of the team's game-day jerseys, and will also be present on the team's website and social media channels. The deal comes just two months after the bank debuted Birmingham's newest soccer venue, BBVA Compass Field, which will be home to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's men's and women's soccer teams.

"We are so proud to sponsor this team, and we're excited to see the Hammers get out there and play," said BBVA Compass Birmingham CEO Alan Register. "We are part of a global bank that understands well the power this sport has to bring people together and build communities, and it's especially rewarding to bring those efforts to the community we call home."

BBVA Compass now sponsors three soccer teams. In addition to the Hammers, BBVA Compass also has partnerships with the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer and the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League, both of which play at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Hammers are entering their first season in the NPSL, having previously played in independent friendlies. BBVA Compass will be the exclusive title sponsor for the team's inaugural season in the league.

"Having BBVA Compass as our title sponsor for 2016 is a big honor," said Birmingham Hammers President and General Manager Morgan Copes. "We are thrilled to be partnered with a company that shares our passion for soccer and for Birmingham."

The team will play its home matches at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills, and will kick off conference play at home against Chattanooga FC on May 14. Open Practice is being held on Sunday, March 13.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (4th). BBVA Compass recently earned top nods for best mobile app and best regional bank in the South & West in Money magazine's annual list of the Best Banks in America. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

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