The Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) now lead the Pioneer circuit in attendance with an average of 3,959 fans per game after the team’s inaugural three-game homestand this past weekend. That’s still filling less than half of a 8,500-seat venue that hosted a Triple-A club until the end of last season, but it’s a great start. As we’ve suggested before, we worry about the impact the lack of intimacy of a half-empty ballpark will have on the fan experience and long-term attendance. We’ll see. Read more here. Watch video here.
The inaugural opening weekend for the Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) at UCHealth Park begins Friday, June 21st. It will be very interesting to see if this Rookie-level team can sufficiently fill an 8,500-seat venue after Colorado Springs (CO) lost its Triple-A club to San Antonio (TX) in the off season. The branding for the club is cool and unique, and hopefully the front office has the fun-guns loaded and ready, but will it be enough to avoid the cavernous feel and lack of intimacy of a potentially less-than-half-empty ballpark? The Sky Sox averaged a little over 4,000 fans per game the past three seasons. Good luck, Vibes! Watch news report: Vibes don uniforms for first time.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) have unveiled their inaugural uniforms and mascot named Toasty. Read more here and here.
The Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Pioneer League) are celebrating their 12th season of professional baseball at Dehler Park with a massive upgrade: a spectacular new 16mm HD videoboard. The new videoboard will be manufactured and installed by South Dakota-based Daktronics, the world’s industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays. Read more here.
The city Edmonton (AB) is accepting pitches for tenancy at Remax Field, which could ultimately push the Edmonton Prospects (Summer Collegiate, Western Canadian Baseball League) out after its 2019 season wraps up. A possible contender is reportedly the Orem Owlz (Rookie, Pioneer League). Read more here.
The Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League), under new ownership for the first time since its arrival in 1999, are seeking a rebrand in 2020 and want fan input to help find a new nickname Submit name here.
They pulled a fast one! The ownership of the Pioneer League (Rookie) franchise that has relocated from Helena (MT) to Colorado Springs (CO) decided to ditch the five name-the-team finalists — Happy Campers, Lamb Chops, Punchy Pikas, Throttle Jockeys and the Rocky Mountain Oysters. The name of the team is the “Rocky Mountain Vibes” with a s’mores angle that should move plenty of merchandise. Read more here.