When the inaugural season of Lafayette’s Prospect League baseball franchise takes off June 1, players and fans will be sporting the graphic image of an aviator.
Team owner Mike Zimmerman says fans propelled the pilot to the top during a week-long social media campaign that also included images of an airplane and an aircraft engine.
The logo unveiling on Thursday followed last week’s announcement that fans voted to name the team the Aviators, a nod to Purdue University’s role in aviation history, as well as modern-day aircraft equipment manufacturers Alcoa and GE Aviation.
The Aviators will open the 2016 season at Loeb Stadium in a home game against a team from Lisle, Illinois.
The city signed a deal in October to lease the stadium to Zimmerman's sports entertainment and marketing firm.
The Aviators will play in the Prospect League, which has 12 teams distributed across Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.