The Grand Army is a community of supporters that exists to provide fans of GRFC a heightened game day experience and create a positive and raucous stadium atmosphere. We promote the love of soccer throughout the community and support GRFC players both on and off the pitch.
Our motto, Motu Viget, roughly translates to “Strength in activity.” It can be found on the City Seal of Grand Rapids and sums up our belief that we can strengthen GRFC through the actions of our supporters.
The Grand Army is a Non-Profit 501(c)(7) organization. We are an independent GRFC supporter’s group. The Grand Army is open to and inclusive of all who support GRFC and want to help create a boisterous game day experience. There are no fees for general membership. Just join us on the southwest side of Houseman Field and help us make noise all game long. If you are interested in becoming a voting member or would like to serve on the board, feel free to send us an email to learn more.
The Grand Army was created to combine the resources of our local soccer community in order to better the game day atmosphere and to help support the team as they travel to enemy territory. This is done through coordinating chants, songs, and tifo displays. Using merchandise sales and fundraising, we buy supplies for flags, banners, and tifo along with options for group travel to select away games. As an organization, The Grand Army works to be a liaison between individual supporters and the GRFC owners. We seek to be the voice of the GRFC community. We also work to give back to the city of Grand Rapids through community service while creating an honorable name for The Grand Army and soccer supporters throughout West Michigan.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Grand Army is a monumental part of each patron’s game day experience. We want the atmosphere to be set and raucous when new fans come to the stadium. We want the away team to know we are there in full force and will continue to make noise throughout the entire match. We are there to make the away team know that they are in our house. Flags will be flown, tifos will be shown, and chants will be sung the entire match.
The Grand Army was created when Grand Rapids FC was just a talk amongst the town. We were involved from the first scrimmage down to the first official match. We have travelled to see our club play, and we have made newsworthy noise at home. Our fans are deeply involved and well known by traveling fans before they get here.
Enjoy yourself by all means but do not degrade the environment. Please do not involve yourself in any physical altercations as you will be escorted out of Houseman Field and removed from the Grand Army. Feel free to heckle a referee or an opposing player; however, sexist, homophobic, racist, or disparaging comments about physical or mental handicaps will not be tolerated. Using this type of language will result in immediate dismissal from Houseman Field.
This is what we have all been waiting for. We have all been fans in some way or another, but now we have our own club. Be proud of your club and do not do anything to harm its image. Members of the Grand Army are to assist with self-enforcing this code of conduct.