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Rock Cats launch “Name the Team” contest

New Britain Rock Cats ballpark, Hartford

With construction beginning on a new Hartford ballpark, the New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) are holding a “Name the Team” contest for 2016 and beyond.

The contest, which begins next Tuesday at the city’s groundbreaking ceremony (Main Street and Trumbull Street, 1:30 p.m.), can be entered via the team’s Website. There’s only one rule: the team name much include “Hartford.” The fan whose submission leads to the team’s new name will receive the Ultimate VIP Baseball Package (Two Lifetime Season Tickets, Team Jacket & Cap, photo in the Game Program). Four runners-up will receive a pair of season tickets for the inaugural season.

“This is an exciting time with our franchise moving to Hartford, and we are asking the community to play an integral role in choosing our team’s name,” said Rock Cats President Josh Solomon. “Hartford has a rich history of sports, and we look forward to continuing this tradition with affordable family entertainment in the Capital City.”

The top 10 names, as chosen by the Selection Committee, will be listed on the website for fan voting, March 4-11. On Wednesday, March 11, the Final Five names will be appear on the website along with the corresponding contestants who submitted the names. The winning name will be unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday, March 18. All five finalists will be invited to the team name press conference. (If more than one fan submits the winning name, one of those fans will be chosen at random.)

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