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Savannah Baseball Goes Bananas
SAVANNAH, GA. February 25, 2016 –Fans First Entertainment is excited to announce that Savannah’s new baseball team will be called the Savannah Bananas. The name was chosen over the two finalists, the Anchors and Ports and revealed in front of hundreds of fans at a Bananas Launch Party Thursday night at Grayson Stadium.
“We are tremendously excited to welcome a new era of baseball to Grayson Stadium by introducing the new Banana brand to the Savannah community,” said Owner Jesse Cole. “After nearly 1,000 suggestions, we felt that the name Bananas was one of the most unique names and unlike any other sports team name in the country. We feel Savannah is such a unique and special city, that the community deserves a unique brand that stands out.”
Local Savannah resident, Lynn Moses was selected as the winner of the Help Name the Team Contest as she suggested Bananas on the first night of the contest. She received season memberships and Banana Merchandise at the event.
Savannah Bananas merchandise is available at Grayson Stadium Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00PM and also online at www.thesavannahbananas.com
“Savannah Bananas fits our brand of making baseball fun for fans of all ages and our mission of Fans First, Entertain Always,” said President Jared Orton. “In the years to come, we will be able to have a lot of fun with this brand and hope the community joins in and goes bananas with us!”
The Bananas logo was designed by Dan Simon from Studio Simon. The Louisville, based designer is one of the leaders in sports brand identity development and has teamed up with more than 100 professional, college and amateur sports teams.
In November, Fans First Entertainment partnered with the Savannah Morning News to host a Help Name the Team contest. Nearly 1,000 suggestions were entered between the Savannah Morning News and the Savannah Baseball website. In early December the team narrowed it down to five names, the Savannah Anchors, Savannah Bananas, Savannah Party Animals, Savannah Ports and Savannah Seagulls.
In the weeks leading up to the name reveal party, the team eliminated Party Animals and Seagulls.
Opening Night at Grayson Stadium is set for June 2nd and limited tickets packages are available.
In November, Fans First Entertainment introduced All You Can Eat Memberships for Season Tickets & Five Game Packages that include Chicken Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Dessert, Soda and Water for only $15 a ticket. For more information and to purchase memberships, fans can visit www.thesavannahbananas.comor call 912-712-2482.
Fans First Entertainment also owns and operates the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League. The Grizzlies have led the league in attendance the past three seasons, been named Organization of the Year and recognized regionally and nationally for unique from promotions and their fan experience.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.