KANNAPOLIS – The Kannapolis Intimidators are planning a name change and the Dale Earnhardt “Intimidators” name will be gone.

The team issued a press release today announcing the rebranding:

As the Kannapolis Class A baseball franchise moves toward a new era of baseball at the City of Kannapolis’s Sports and Entertainment Venue, the team invites the community to help rename the franchise. Today the team launches its “Branded New By You” campaign and is asking community members to suggest names to help define the team's new identity. In addition to a new name, the rebrand will include a new logo and mascot. The new identity will debut after the 2019 season ends.

The Intimidator

Dale Earnhardt holds the trophy high after winning the 1993 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Kannapolis Intimidators were named for Earnhardt's nickname, "The Intimidator." Charlotte Motor Speedway photo

For 25 years, Kannapolis baseball fans have cheered on their hometown team as the Phillies, Boll Weevils and Intimidators. Kannapolis baseball looks to enter a new era with a new name and a new ballpark in a new downtown Kannapolis. The new Kannapolis Sports and Entertainment Venue is scheduled to open in April of 2020. The team will proudly carry the city’s name in its title when it moves into the SEV.

“We are excited to partner with the Kannapolis community in revitalizing the downtown anchored by the new Sports and Entertainment Venue,” said new team owner Andy Sandler.  “Giving fans an even better game experience with a new team name, fresh logo and engaging mascot is a very important part of what is ahead for Kannapolis baseball and the city. We look forward to community participation in this exciting rebrand.”

Branded by You

Fans can submit their nominations for the team's new name, along with an explanation of how and why it embodies Kannapolis professional baseball, by going to www.kannapolisballpark.com.  The team will accept submissions from today through Wednesday, February 13th.  Suggested names and feedback will be considered by the team as they work with award-winning brand identity firm Studio Simon to select a new name. 

Season tickets for the 2019 season, including Founders Club memberships ensuring priority season seat selection at the team's new home in 2020, are on sale now at IntimidatorsBaseball.com. Opening Day for the team's final season at the Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. against the Rome Braves.

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