FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Virginia Beach, Va. – Monday, October 4, 2010 – It’s Virginia! Football fans who took part in an online poll to help name the sixth United Football League franchise voted in their thousands for ‘Virginia’ as the name the team will proudly bear when kicking off the 2011 season.
Virginia was chosen by a margin of three to one over the alternative Hampton Roads option from votes cast between September 19 and October 2. The ‘Your Town, Your Team, Your Name – You Make the Call’ fan poll was hosted by The Virginian-Pilot, PilotOnline.com, Radio 102.1 The Game FanHouse.com, and UFL-Football.com.
UFL Virginia team General Manager DOUG WILLIAMS announced the result of the first part of the competition to name the region’s expansion team live on his radio show on 102.1 The Game on Monday afternoon. Williams also unveiled a new shortlist list of three team nicknames that proved the most popular from five original options and fans’ own suggestions:
The second part of the competition now asks fans to vote for their favorite name from the shortlist of three. The poll will run until Sunday, October 17 through The Virginian-Pilot, PilotOnline.com, Radio 102.1 The Game FanHouse.com, and UFL-Football.com.
Virginia team president Ed Reynolds said of the poll results: “As a native Virginian I am proud to have the State’s name so strongly associated with our team. We asked the fans to vote to give them a voice when it came to naming their team and they preferred Virginia. Now I look forward to the fans’ opinions helping us become either the Destroyers, Tritons or Navigators.”
Naming options explained:
The winning Virginia team name will be announced during the 2010 UFL season.