Fans have responded to the call from the Omaha Royals (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) for a possible new team name for 2011, coinciding with the team’s move to a new ballpark, with over 400 different suggestions. The submitted new names outnumber the votes from folks wanting to see the franchise retain the Royals moniker.
Names relating to the weather and to the military have been leading the way so far. Some of those suggestions include Storm, Hail, Heat, Blizzard, Twisters, Bombers and Commanders. Some fans have just tweaked the name to vary slightly from Royals, suggesting Monarchs and Kings. Other fans, no doubt sad to see the demise of Rosenblatt Stadium following the 2010 season, have submitted the team name Blatts for consideration.
“It has been a fun process to see what people think and feel about the metro area and how they think their Triple-A team should be perceived,” said Martie Cordaro, Royals Vice President/General Manager. “We hope that all fans who come out to these final two home games tonight and Thursday will take part in this process, or they will visit our website.”
Fans are able to submit their team name ideas in person at Innovation Research Fan Services at Rosenblatt tonight and tomorrow night. They may also go to oroyals.com and submit their ideas through Monday, September 6.
Team officials will review all of the fans’ ideas beginning on September 7. On September 13, the Royals will release the top 24 names and the public will be able to vote for their three favorite names from the 13th through the 27th of the month, again at oroyals.com. On October 4th, the team will release a list of the top nine names remaining under consideration and fans will be able to vote online for the one name they like best.
In November, the club will release its team name, mascot, logos and uniforms at a public event.
One lucky fan who suggests the name of the team will win two box seat 2011 season tickets in the new Sarpy County ballpark and an official home jersey personalized with their name on the back.
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