The Pro Volleyball Federation, after the launch of its inaugural 2024 season last week, has a new franchise looking ahead to 2025.
The latest expansion franchise of the PVF unveiled its name and logo on Friday, January 26, ahead of its debut in 2025: the Indy Ignite. Based in Indianapolis, the club joins Kansas City and Dallas as one of three expansion teams slated to join the league next season.
The name „is a tribute to the burning passion of the volleyball community, the determined drive of its athletes, and the league’s efforts to usher in a new era of women’s professional sports,“ according to the club.
„Ignite is a verb – an action. It’s a name that encapsulates the nature of our mission while also highlighting the bold athleticism of our sport. Next year, we look forward to building a team worthy of this strong name and bringing together world-class athletes and passionate partners to provide our fans with an unforgettable experience.“
– Jim Schumacher, co-owner of the Indy Ignite
The logo features a dark blue and white volleyball with yellow accents in the shell of a dark blue and light blue torch surrounded by yellow and orange flames. „INDY“ is in white on a navy blue banner above the torch, while „IGNITE“ is in navy blue on a larger light blue-white banner above the torch handle.
The torch is a reference to the flag of the state of Indiana, „representing freedom, enlightenment, and its far-reaching influence on the world around us,“ according to the club. It also references Victory, a statue atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis. „From her perch high above the city, Victory constantly holds her torch out, reminding everyone of the courage it takes to fight for progress,“ reads the Ignite website.
„As part of the Pro Volleyball Federation, Indy Ignite is forging new paths and creating new opportunities for women in sport. Our name reflects this vision as we work to support female athletes and ignite a passion for women’s volleyball throughout Indiana. We want our team to light up the space, spark a movement, and inspire everyone to embrace the fire within.“
– Indy Ignite co-owner Don Hutchinson
Secondary logos include the flashlight along with the „INDY“ banner shifted above the flashlight handle, and wordmark with the „INDY“ banner above the „IGNITE“ lettering isolated from the primary logo.
The PVF last week began its inaugural season with seven teams:
- Atlanta Atmosphere
- Columbus Fury
- Grand Rapids Ascend
- Omaha Supernovae
- Orlando Valkyries
- San Diego Mojo
- Vegas Thrill