The Omaha Storm Chasers will be the new name of the Triple-A baseball team playing in Werner Park. Officials made the announcement Monday evening.
The name was one of more than 1,500 different options suggested by fans during a two-month long search. Sue Harold of Lincoln was among those who submitted the name Storm Chasers. Harold won two box seat season tickets and an official jersey.
"The team name recognizes the importance of weather in the metro area and across the state," said Martie Cordaro, Vice President and General Manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers. "It also, in a whimsical way, pokes a little fun at the variety of weather we experience here."
The Storm Chasers will have two new mascots: Stormy, a green furry fellow who wears his weather vane beanie cap, and Vortex, an inflatable mascot that looks like a tornado. Casey, the old mascot, will also get a Storm Chasers makeover.
After the announcement Monday evening at the La Vista Convention Center, many fans started buying merchandise with the new name and logos.
The Omaha Storm Chasers won't have to share any merchandising with the Kansas City Royals now. "In Richmond, they just switched from the Braves to the Flying Squirrels and they sold $600,000 worth of merchandise in the first year and they got to keep all the royalties from that," says Storm Chasers President Alan Stein.
Officials say Royal blue, Twister gold, Blackout black, and Radar red will be the club's new colors; celebrating the franchise's 41-year affiliation with the Kansas City Royals. The team had Golden Spikes as a nickname for three of those years.