Text By: MountainStar Sports Group

El Pasoans Invited to Participate in Name the Team Contest for the New Triple-A Baseball Team

Today marks the start of the El Paso Triple-A Name the Team Contest. Today through May 24, fans can log-on to www.elpasotriplea.com/nametheteam to enter their ideas for the name of El Paso’s new Triple-A team.

“We have heard from so many fans since the team was announced, and the top question on everyone’s mind is ‘What will our team be called’?” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “We are excited to launch the contest and engage the community to help name El Paso’s team. The team’s name should reflect the fun and irreverence typical of Minor League Baseball, while being truly representative of El Paso – whether it be inspired by the community’s history, unique culture, landscape, or aspirations for the future.”

The entry period will conclude at midnight on May 24, and will be followed by voting in early June, where the top-ranked names will be voted on by the public. The winning name will be announced in mid-August. The person who submits the winning name will win an exciting grand prize, to include the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in the new El Paso Ballpark, two field-level season tickets for the 2014 season, and a personalized jersey.

Some contest ground rules: you must be 18 to enter and you can only enter a name once. Kids are encouraged to participate, and can do so with the help of a parent or guardian. Those who do not wish to enter online can also submit their name ideas by sending a standard size postcard with name, address, city, state, and zip code, day and evening phone number, and email address to MountainStar Sports Group LLC, Name the Team Contest, 4401 N. Mesa Street, El Paso, Texas, 79902.

“The public’s input in the naming of the team is very important. Again – this is El Paso’s team, so it is critical that El Pasoans have a hand in helping us find the right name,” added Ledford.

A long-time veteran to Triple-A Baseball, Ledford explained more about the Triple-A naming process: “Minor League team names are typically fun and even quirky – you hear names like the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Round Rock Express, or the Omaha Storm Chasers. Few are traditional or typical, but are fun and representative of their hometowns. That’s what El Paso’s team name needs to be – something that El Pasoans will enjoy as characteristic of their hometown.”

Fans are encouraged to visit the Minor League Baseball web site (http://www.milb.com/milb/info/teams.jsp) to see a full list of team names and learn more about the spirit and nature of Minor League team names from across the country.

The criteria for selecting a team name include name popularity based on public entries and voting, creativity, how well the name represents El Paso, and family-friendliness. While the public input is an important element of the decision-making process, MountainStar Sports Group will make the ultimate name selection based on the aforementioned criteria and Minor League Baseball approval. In the case that the final name was not submitted by the public, all those who submitted names will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.

The final team name selected will dictate the team’s colors, mascot, and uniform, all of which will be revealed later this year after the team name is announced in mid-August.

“We are thrilled by the response we’ve had to El Paso’s Triple-A team, and know that excitement will continue to grow as the ballpark is built, the team is named, and Opening Day 2014 approaches,” said Ledford. “We know it seems like there is a long time to wait, but guests will be enjoying games with El Paso’s own Triple-A team before you know it.”

Ticket prices and packages will be announced in the coming months. Those interested in signing up for the Season Ticket Waiting List to be among the first to select their tickets can do so with a no-risk $50 per ticket deposit at www.elpasotriplea.com.