The independent Atlantic League’s New Britain franchise will gain its identity this week when team officials announce its name and put season tickets on sale on Thursday, November 5th.
The New Britain Stingers won the New Britain Herald’s “Name The Team” contest, beating out the New Britain Hornets, New Britain Hard Hitters, New Britain Hammer and New Britain Bees. The contest results will influence the final naming decision, but are not binding… it will only factor in about 20 percent, reports New Britain Herald writer Lisa Backus.
The New Britain (Conn.) Herald is running a “Name the Team” contest for New Britain’s new Atlantic League franchise, which will have no connection to the recently folded Camden Riversharks.
More than 1,000 people submitted potential names for the new team. The five finalists are:
- Hard Hitters
You can vote for your favorite at the newspaper’s home page, newbritainherald.com. The Atlantic League will make a final determination on the new team’s name based on input from the public, but the newspaper contest results are not binding.
New Britain’s Atlantic League franchise will begin play in 2016 at New Britain Stadium, which had been home to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats since it opened in 1996. The Colorado Rockies-affiliated team is relocating to Hartford, Conn. next year and will play as the Yard Goats going forward.