There’s a lot ahead for the Las Vegas 51s, including a new name. This will be the second time the name of the team and branding will go through a change, and the organization is looking for the community’s help.
The owners of the team want a name that will evoke the heart and soul of the community.
“We are moving to the beautiful new Las Vegas Ballpark at Downtown Summerlin and a new Major League affiliation in 2019,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “Our ownership group, The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) wants the transition to be a home run complete with a new name and new logo.”
The 51s are launching the “Name the Team Sweepstakes,” so that fans can participate in the team naming process.
“This should be a community guided process, and we love the fact that our fans will be involved with this procedure,” Logan added.
The 51s are looking for community input, and people can weigh in with their ideas beginning on Monday, April 16, at 3 p.m.
On Friday, May 4th the team will conduct a random drawing of all entries to win the grand prize, which is a $500 Shopping Spree of team merchandise when the new Las Vegas Ballpark at Downtown Summerlin opens in 2019.
Official sweepstakes’ rules are available here.
It was 36 seasons ago on April 10, 1983, when the then-Las Vegas Stars began playing professional baseball as a member of the Pacific Coast League at Cashman Field. After an ownership change and 18 seasons as the Stars (1983-2000), it was decided that the team’s name would change to the Las Vegas 51s.
The 51s are currently on a seven-game road trip at Albuquerque, N.M., and El Paso, Texas through April 16. Las Vegas returns to Cashman Field to open its second homestand of the 2018 season on Tuesday, April 17 (Reyes de Plata) against the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, at 7:05 p.m.