WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - The "Rafters" are coming to town! Wednesday night, in front of a standing room only crowd at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, the newest member of the Northwoods League unveiled their name and identity. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will call Witter Field home starting this summer. From Friday, January, 15th thru Wednesday, January 20th the team held an online vote to determine the name of the franchise. The top three selections are as follows: Rafters, River Rats, and Boggers...with a total of 1,650 votes!
The identity of the team incorporates all three of the top vote getters. Rafting was a prominent activity on the Wisconsin River, primarily as part of the logging industry in the delivery of logs to the various mills along the river. The creature riding the raft is a "River Rat." The team will create a mascot based on the River Rat and will host a "Name the Mascot" contest. "River Rats" was the nickname of the people who operated rafts on the Wisconsin River en-route to the mills. Finally, the team's primary color will be Cranberry Red, a tribute to the strong cranberry industry in the area.
A full menu of ticket options, pricing and packages was unveiled during the press conference. Season Tickets, group outings and 9-game plans are now on sale at the Rafters office at City Hall in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2010. Opening Day at Witter Field is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 6:05 vs the Eau Claire Express.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters