Fayetteville Woodpeckers affiliate to the Houston Astros
Fayetteville NC– The Houston Astros today unveiled the Fayetteville Woodpeckers as their new Class A Advanced minor league affiliate, located in Fayetteville, N.C.
“The Houston Astros have found the perfect location for our Class A Advanced affiliate in Fayetteville, North Carolina,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. “The All-American feel of the city, its support of our nation’s military and its economic development make it a great environment for the championship-caliber baseball we will bring to the Fayetteville community.”
“Fayetteville is proudly recognized as the nation’s “Most All-American City”, making it the perfect home for America’s pastime,” said Fayetteville Woodpeckers President Mark Zarthar. “The Woodpeckers are honored to reside alongside Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military installation, and couldn’t have asked for a better community to call home.”
“The Houston Astros are thrilled to partner with the City of Fayetteville to open a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue at the epicenter of the city’s new downtown development,” said Astros Senior Director of Business Operations Dan O’Neill. “In addition to the new retail, restaurant, hotel, and office space, it will be the top destination in Fayetteville for fun. The community has welcomed us with open arms and has already shown overwhelming energy and enthusiasm for our new brand. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are proud to call Fayetteville home and plan to build on this excitement for years to come.”
The concept of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers came directly from the Fayetteville community. Thanks to insight gleaned in town hall meetings, online surveys and one-on-one conversations with residents, the Woodpeckers brand celebrates the core characteristics of the city, its natural beauty and proud community.
As the home to the second-largest population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCW) in the world, the sights and sounds of Fort Bragg are intrinsically linked to the woodpecker. The bird is small in size but vital to the Long Leaf Pine ecosystem, fighting extinction and embodying the resilient nature that the Fayetteville Woodpeckers will show with their play on the field. The same can also be said of the City of Fayetteville – though small, Fayetteville is tough, proud and vital to this country’s protection.
The Woodpeckers’ primary colors of black and red are a tribute both to the RCW’s natural plumage as well as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, which is headquartered at Fort Bragg and carries the same colors on its insignia. Fort Bragg and the military’s influence on Fayetteville are also represented in the Woodpeckers’ brand through the star and shield detailed on the club’s primary logo, as well as the American flag displayed on the players’ uniforms.
The Fayetteville Woodpecker is proud and confident, unwavering in its work ethic and commitment to success – just like the City of Fayetteville itself. The community is a true representation of American values and pride, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers will represent those values on and off the field.