A lot has been going on in Binghamton over the last few months. In December, it was revealed that John Hughes was purchasing the team from Binghamton Mets Baseball Club. Though the B-Mets looked to be on the move at one point—the most recent scenario had them going to Wilmington in a sale to Main Street Baseball, only for that to fall through when the team’s owners backed out —Hughes has stated his desire to keep the club at NYSEG Stadium.
The rebranding process is beginning with submissions from fans, which will be accepted starting on Opening Day on April 7. Later in the month, six names will be posted for voting over a two-week period on the team’s website, with the new identity set to be announced in October. The franchise has played under the Mets name since relocating from Williamsport, Pa before the 1992 season.
“Since 1992, the Binghamton Mets and New York Mets have been proud affiliates; one of the longest affiliations in the Eastern League. We’re thrilled to be keeping Double-A, New York Mets baseball here in the community; but with a new name that everyone in Binghamton can call its own. The new name will bring in a new era that proudly represents a crown jewel of the community,” said Hughes in a statement issued by the team.
“Support from the entire community has been incredibly humbling. I have met nothing but fantastically talented people. I am honored to have been graciously accepted into the community. I look forward to seeing friends, family, and co-workers at games in NYSEG Stadium for a fantastic, affordable visit throughout the season,” added Hughes.
While it will be months before the rebranding effort comes to fruition, a few changes are lined up at NYSEG Stadium for this season. The B-Mets are rolling out a remodeled team store, along with a concessions contract with Professional Sports Catering, a new playing surface, expanded kids zone, and a new party deck. More player amenities will be enhanced before the 2017 campaign, including the batting cage and the stadium lighting.