Sugar Land’s new minor league baseball team that will play its inaugural season in 2012, announced today the process that will allow local fans to select the team name.
Fans can visit http://www.NameSugarLandsTeam.com to submit a favorite name for their hometown team. Fans will also be given an opportunity to offer a reason supporting the name being submitted. The fan submitting the winning name will be awarded a grand prize of lifetime season tickets. If more than one person enters the winning name, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. Additionally, all fans who submit a name will be entered into a second prize random drawing to win season tickets for the inaugural season.
Matt O’Brien, President of Sugar Land’s minor league team, said “Here’s where it all begins; the road to our first pitch, the engagement of the community, the branding of Sugar Land’s team, and the fun. It’s exciting because the process will reveal a lot about the story of the Sugar Land community.”
Names will be accepted beginning July 16, 2010 through August 20, 2010. Soon after August 20, the contest will enter “Extra Innings” when the finalist five to seven team names are announced. During this two week period, fans will then be asked to select their favorite team names among the finalists by ranking their top three choices in order of preference. By mid- September, 2010 the team name and contest winner will be announced.
Fans that do not have online access may send their entry to Sugar Land Minor League Baseball, 16160 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Entrants must include name, address, and phone number. Entries not postmarked between July 16 and August 20 will not be eligible.
Popular minor league team names typically either express regional pride, or local whimsy. Examples of the former are the Frederick Keys (after former resident Francis Scott Key whose poem is sung before each game), Round Rock Express (owner Nolan Ryan), Nashville Sounds (music industry), and Long Island Ducks (historic team name). Examples of “whimsical” names include Lansing Lugnuts, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Montgomery Biscuits and Toledo Mud Hens.
O’Brien also confirmed that the team will be opening a sales, marketing, and retail office at 16160 City Walk, Sugar Land Town Square. A future release will detail when in August this will take place.
All entries become the property of Sugar Land’s team. See the team’s website www.NameSugarLandsTeam.com for further details.