PRESS RELEASE – The Kane County Cougars have announced a re-branded team and organizational identity as logos, team apparel, merchandise and all other identifiers of the Cougars team and organization will reflect a new look.
Fans can click HERE to view the Cougars’ new primary logo as well as team caps and uniforms for the 2016 season!
Fans can also pre-order a variety of new-look merchandise including t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts by clicking HERE. Merchandise ordered by December 1 will be delivered by December 17 in time for Christmas. Additional new merchandise is scheduled to arrive in the spring.
Creative direction for the new identity was led by Cougars graphic designer Emmet Broderick along with Studio Simon, a sports brand identity firm whose portfolio includes numerous professional sports franchises, collegiate teams and leagues throughout the world. The identity was first revealed this morning on the Cougars’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels as fans helped virtually unveil the new primary logo.
The focal point of the redesign is the Cougars’ new primary logo, which serves as an exciting look and departure from the previous mark, which was relatively unchanged since the franchise began in 1991. A menacing, bat-clutching green-eyed Cougar with teeth visible is framed by the Kane County Cougars name and a wood-detailed park ranger-shaped badge. The outdoor landscape is reflected in the tree-lined background and is tied into the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark grounds, which are owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The “Cougars” furry script lettering incorporates the distinct look of a cougar’s tail in the letter “G”. The re-branded identity incorporates popular primary colors of navy blue, tan and bright green into the organization’s palette. Game and batting practice ball caps showcase secondary logos that build from the new primary logo, incorporating a rugged Cougars “C” surrounding the bat-wielding Cougar.
The primary logo will be prominently displayed on several of the new game jerseys beginning next season. In addition to white home, gray road and navy blue batting practice jerseys, the Cougars will also showcase a unique bright green alternate jersey with the “Cougars” script font. This specialty jersey will be worn by the team for select games beginning next season. Jersey sleeves highlight the Cougars’ new primary logo as well as the logo of the parent club Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Today’s announcement is one of great significance for our organization and really sets the tone for the 2016 season,” said Cougars Vice President/General Manager Curtis Haug. “With so many new aesthetic changes made visible for the first time today, it’s important to convey to our fans what is not changing: our philosophy of being the absolute best destination for fans of all ages to make memories while enjoying their experience at a Cougars game.”
“As we transition from our 25th anniversary season in 2015 into the next 25 years of Cougars baseball beginning in April, today’s announcement is an exciting time for everyone associated with the Cougars organization,” said Cougars owner Dr. Bob Froehlich. “The strong symbols and colors associated with our re-branded identity are modern, innovative and tell our story so well. We’re confident that fans will warmly embrace our new look. This truly is an exciting chapter in our history.”
“The Cougars brand has really been strengthened by our new identity,” said Cougars owner Cheryl A. Froehlich. “Opening Day will take on an added level of excitement when fans can see next year’s team displaying our new look for the first time.”
The Kane County Cougars, Class-A Major League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2013, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 10 million fans. More than 130 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber. Opening Night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark will take place on Thursday evening, April 7, 2016 against Clinton. Fans can visit kccougars.com to learn more or follow the Cougars on Twitter (@KCCougars), Facebook (facebook.com/kanecountycougars) or Instagram (kccougars).