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The CPL team name is: Spartanburgers.  While I'm surprised Peaches wasn't even a finalist, and I preferred Sluggers of the finalists, I think this name has the potential to grow on me.  I know that lower-level baseball team names are often goofy/ridiculous, and this fits the bill.  Not sure about the hot-pink color, but whatever.  I bet kids will love the name/branding.  The team expects to launch merchandise sales in March.

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I don't mind the ridiculous nature of lower league baseball teams, but I've always hated this term , mostly because it sounds dumb, but also because of the culturally grey terminology surrounding the demonym of Spartanburg. I know in my life I've heard "Spartanburgian," "Spartanburger," and my personal favorite, "Spartan" (obviously). But colloquially I've always felt like we avoid the term relative to other cities. Living in Charlotte, we use the term "Charlotteans" a lot more, and dutifully roll our eyes at references/jokes about the word "charlatan." Tangentially, my other thought is that I'm not a fan of the "BURG" merchandise. That's the least original part of the name. I could never buy it and wear it in Charlotte because people would assume its a reference to Mecklenburg County.

To my mind, "Spartan" is the more accurate term, because that's what the soldiers in the Spartan Regiment would have likely called themselves. But I suppose Spartanburger is a natural successor since cities ending in "burg/burgh" tend to use "-er" as their demonym (ie: Pittsburgh = Pittsburgher, Hamburg (Germany) =  Hamburger). I feel like this team name will probably lead to more alignment around the term Spartanburger as awareness in the community increases. But it still feels awkward to me.

My only question is how the team will style themselves. The "Spartanburg Spartanburgers" is weird. Hopefully they just stick with "Spartanburgers" and call it a day.

 

https://www.goupstate.com/story/news/2021/02/18/spartanburg-coastal-plain-league-baseball-team-name-spartanburgers/4490987001/

 

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12 hours ago, westsider28 said:

The CPL team name is: Spartanburgers.  While I'm surprised Peaches wasn't even a finalist, and I preferred Sluggers of the finalists, I think this name has the potential to grow on me.  I know that lower-level baseball team names are often goofy/ridiculous, and this fits the bill.  Not sure about the hot-pink color, but whatever.  I bet kids will love the name/branding.  The team expects to launch merchandise sales in March.

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I'll buy merchandise just for the branding. It's humorous and fun! 

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Blue Duck scooters launched this weekend.  There are a total of 100 scooters.  There's a $1.25 unlock fee plus $0.30 per minute to ride.  I've already seen quite a few people riding them.

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Also, the first two Spartanburgers games were sold-out (500 fans) on Thursday and Friday evening.  The team lost both, but the games were a lot of fun.  There were a few hiccups, including the internet going down, so concessions were cash-only for a while, and some seating confusion, but I'm sure they'll continue to work out the kinks.  Lots of merch being sold, so I'm sure you'll start to see it being worn around town. 

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@SpartanDon't mean to nag, but can we get a Duncan Park thread revived?

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Oh, looks like this thread is unlocked now.  ( @Spartan can you move recent Duncan Park / Spartanburgers discussion here?)

Anyway, here's a new article with more background about the team and stadium.  It details some of the issues the organization had to deal with at the first 2 games.  They're going to continue with 500-850 fans for the time being.  Most importantly, more stadium upgrades are planned after this season.  From the article: "'Full capacity' won't be realized until next season, after the upgrades." and "All of the profit we make this year is going right back into Duncan Park."  They also can't cook food on-site — another update fans can expect in 2022.  Ticket and merchandise sales have been brisk.

I can't wait for next season.  If they can get Duncan Park back to full capacity, the atmosphere will be amazing.

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The Spartanburgers will be honoring the Spartanburg Sluggers Negro League team this weekend with special jerseys that will be auctioned off.  Also, $2 from each ticket sold will benefit the Spartanburg Youth Sports Bureau, a non-profit organization that focuses on at-risk youth.

The article also had a few other interesting tidbits:  The stadium has been at least 75% full (current max capacity 850) for every game this season.  Next year's max capacity should be ~1700 after stadium renovations.  There are also plans to create a mural at Duncan Park that will incorporate Negro League history, along with historical plaques around the stadium next year.

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This isn't directly stadium-related, but rather park-related, but I couldn't find a better thread:

"The National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) announced the selection of Spartanburg, SC to receive expert consultation from the NPS on Duncan Park Visioning Plan.

PAL submitted the grant request with the City of Spartanburg to engage stakeholders, the surrounding neighborhood and the broader community in re-imagining Duncan Park into a vibrant destination including multi-use trails, open spaces, and possibly water activities. Another goal is to create a vision for a community gathering space that will connect the recreation spaces with the historic stadium.

By undergoing the re-visioning process, the park stands to deliver enhanced health, economic, and outdoor recreational benefits to the local community. Community members will have the opportunity to provide input as to how new and existing trails should connect, as well as what new amenities will best serve the current residents. A friends-of-the-park support group will be developed to assist with implementation of the new Revisioning Plan, fund raising and park maintenance."

This sounds pretty exciting.  Duncan Park certainly has the potential to offer more amenities and attract more use.  Looking forward to this process and the resulting improvements.

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Here's an article with more details about the specific stadium improvements planned before the Spartanburgers' next season (actually, before SHS season starts in spring).  The finalized plan should be released in a few weeks, but the estimated cost is ~$1 million. 

Some highlights: Expanded grandstand seating by moving the existing fence back four rows on both sides (capacity increase from 850 to 1,200).  Full grandstand renovation (2,000 capacity and top concourse) to come in future upgrade (i.e. not this off-season).

The existing concession stand will be torn down and replaced with a new concessions facility that will allow the team to cook and prepare food on site and provide more variety.

The maintenance building behind the restrooms and down the third base line will be torn down to allow room for a full beer garden and more open space. The metal bleachers down the third base line will also be removed to create "a more open and comfortable fan experience".

A kids zone will be located down the first base line, and there will be an expanded sound system.

There are also plans to bring more entertainment (beyond just baseball) to the stadium this fall, such as movie nights, concerts, and festivals.

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