Nanaimo’s West Coast League baseball team will be known as the NightOwls, the club unveiled Wednesday night.
The Harbour City was awarded an expansion team in the WCL earlier this year.
Jim Swanson, the Managing Partner for both the NightOwls and Victoria Harbourcats, says there were more than 120 submissions from the public to name the club.
Swanson says the name pays tribute on two fronts.
In 1921, the Nanaimo Owls won the City League, which was a regional baseball circuit.
“Night” is added to the name is to recognize to the city of Nanaimo for its commitment to refurbish Serauxmen Stadium, including adding lights to allow for night baseball for the first time in 44 years, and a new scoreboard.
Some players were on hand to show off the team’s jerseys, which will include a Nanaimo Bars’ uniform for select games.
The team is the second WCL club on the Island, joining the Harbourcats, and the third in B.C. along with the Kelowna Falcons.
The first NightOwls/Harbourcats WCL all-Island showdown will take place during the 2021 season.