Staten Island Baseball Team Finally Got A Name And Cool New Logo

Drum roll please. And the winner is…

Staten Island Ferry Hawks!

That’s right, the new Staten Island Atlantic League Baseball Club received their official title Wednesday night – and a cute new logo, to boot. After countless nominations were submitted and the fan poll narrowed to three finalists, it was the Ferry Hawks moniker that emerged victorious in an overwhelming triumph.

The team did not disclose the final tally, but acknowledged that thousands of votes were cast among the three finalists – which also included Harbor Heroes and Dragon Slayers – and that Ferry Hawks won “by far.”

“When we started, the first thing we knew was that we wanted the name of the team to be Staten Island, for Staten Island, and to reflect Staten Island well,” said Eric Shuffler, team partner. “This whole voting process was to make sure that Staten Island was leading our design.

“I am overwhelmed by the reaction,” he added. “People have turned to the name.”

The name encompasses two of the main features of the borough: the Staten Island ferry and, of course, the hawks, which have become synonymous with the island’s ecosystem. The logo, which vividly displays the team’s vibrant burnt orange, Caroline blue and ‘surf’ green colors, features a hawk – dressed in a full baseball uniform (including a ‘green belt’), emblazoned with a cap inside out and a heavy baseball. bat on his shoulder. In the background, the SI ferry and the Statue of Liberty are also on display.

“The ferry is who we are and people love hawks,” Shuffler noted. “They are strong, fast, loyal and that makes them a big minor league sports name that reflects the culture of Staten Island. Our merchandise and logos will be very specific to Staten Island.

The vibrant color palette is almost a fusion of classic looks from the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and Carolina Tar Heels. The “mighty” Ferry Hawk, with its hat turned up, is depicted hitting a home run in a single logo.

The Ferry Hawk’s sharp beak and fierce talons bring the character to life. (Courtesy Staten Island Ferry Hawks)

“The logo is amazing. He’s our new superhero on Staten Island, ”joked CEO Gary Perone. “The kids will love it. Everyone feels it. It’s a funny mascot for a place near the ferry.

“He’s a fun character, but nervous. I think people will appreciate it, ”he added.

Shuffler recognized the millions of people who use the ferry each year and the nearby Empire State Outlets stores as points of interest and relevance to the name. The team plans to incorporate the other nominations, including Harbor Heroes and Dragon Slayers, into upcoming promotions. Tickets and merchandise are also expected to go live this week.

“We want to create a fun, forward thinking, Staten Island centric place,” he concluded. “Staten Island decided this and they informed us … they were the center of attention and they drove this.”

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