announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony inside the Mount
Nittany Club at
The team will begin play in June 2006 as an affiliate of the defending National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals in the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League, pending approval from the NYPL and Minor League Baseball, and review by the Baseball Office of the Commissioner.
name "Spikes" refers to the unbranched antler of a young male deer and signifies
the popularity of deer-hunting in
Spikes was selected over Anglers, Coalys, Furnace and Haymakers in the final round of the franchise's "Name the Team Contest" back in July. The five finalists were submitted during the initial round and represented one of five categories that were identified as important to everyday life, recreation, civic pride and the heritage of State College and the Centre County region--Farming, Fishing, Iron-making, Penn State University and Wildlife.
would like to express our thanks to all of the residents throughout the region
who took the time and were passionate enough to submit an entry into our State
College Name the Team Contest," said Team President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg. "From our
earliest discussions about this franchise we felt that it was important for us
to provide the residents of
"Spikes is really the perfect name for this franchise, not only because of its connotation to the plentiful deer population of the region and the alliteration in the name, but because of the many fun and exciting marketing and merchandising opportunities that it yields," Greenberg added.
club has four official colors--PSU Navy, Cardinal, Old Gold and Moonlight
Yellow. The Spikes' primary logo features the full body of a young deer
with two unbranched antlers leaping over a two-toned version of the word
"Spikes" and through a red ribbon with "
The Spikes will take the field with three different uniform combinations in their inaugural season. The home uniforms will include white pants with a single blue stripe and a sleeveless white jersey top, featuring the word "Spikes" across the chest, over top of a PSU Navy Blue T-shirt. Road uniforms will have gray pants with a single blue stripe with a sleeveless gray jersey top, featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo, over top of a navy blue T-shirt. The left sleeve of the road uniforms will also be decorated by the "S-Ribbon" antler logo. The club will also feature a PSU Navy Blue alternate uniform which will have a one-piece short-sleeved jersey top with the deer head logo on the left chest.
The Spikes home and road hats will each be solid PSU Navy Blue, with the home caps featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo and the road caps showing the deer head logo. The club's alternate uniforms will be accompanied by a navy blue cap with an old gold bill and featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo.
The Spikes partnered with San Diego-based sports ideas company Plan B. Branding to create the team's overall identity. In collaboration with club, Plan B. Branding was responsible for the design of all logos and uniforms and will continue to work with the club on the creation of a mascot while also consulting on the Spikes' fan experience.
looking to be the first to sport brand-new Spikes merchandise can visit the
team's temporary store front in
Spikes will also be opening a temporary office location in downtown
a unique operating agreement between the club's ownership group and
Spikes are owned and operated by Curve Baseball LP, the same group that operates
the successful Altoona Curve franchise in the Double-A Eastern League.
Because of the proximity between
Ticket prices for the inaugural 2006 season will be announced at a later date, but fans interested in reserving season tickets for the Spikes first season can contact the Altoona Curve offices toll-free at 1-877-99-CURVE for more information. For complete information on the State College Spikes, including team news, ballpark construction updates and a look at the team's logos, colors and uniforms, please visit the club's temporary on-line home at www.statecollegebaseball.com. The club is currently developing the team's official site at www.statecollegespikes.com and fans can begin logging into that address on Wednesday.
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