Brandon’s entry into the Expedition League took another step forward in late December with the unveiling of their team name and logo.
The public put forward several outstanding suggestions this fall, which was condensed into five options for fans to vote on. In the end, the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks won out, beating the other five finalists – the Wheat City Wonders, Brandon Bullheads, Brandon Bison and Wheat City Threshermen.
The winning entry was submitted by Ken Pearson.
“The fan participation in naming the team was phenomenal and support for the Whiskey Jacks name was very strong”, said Steve Wagner, Expedition League President. “The residents of Brandon and the surrounding communities now have a great team name and an incredible logo to latch onto. This is an exciting time for Whiskey Jacks fans as we embark on our inaugural season in 2019.”
Along with the team name, the new logo was also unveiled - it was designed the Ross Johnson Design Company. The team’s colors will be Carolina blue, dark grey and light grey.
The league also dropped their 2019 season schedule in early 2019 with the expansion-Whiskey Jacks opening their first season on the road against the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs. Brandon’s opening-season series will take place May 24 and 25. Their inaugural home-opener is slated for May 28 when they host the same Sabre Dogs team. This will be a three-game set, with games planned for May 29 and 30 as well.
The opening-week matchup looks to highlight Brandon’s closest rival, as the Sabre Dogs play out of Corbett Field in Minot, N.D.
The Whiskey Jacks will then head right into the second home series when they host the Spearfish Sasquatch May 31 to June 2.
In total, the Whiskey Jacks will play 32 games at home at Andrews Field. They will also host the Sabre Dogs on a special Canada Day game on July 1, and will return the favor by heading south to Minot for a game on July 4 – a national holiday in the United States.
“The cross-border rivalry between the Whiskey Jacks and the Sabre Dogs will be very exciting for fans from the Wheat City and from Minot,” says Wagner. “We’ll see a lot of fans traveling from Minot to the Wheat City and fans traveling from Brandon to Minot, which will make these games extra special.”
Brandon will play out of the Lewis Division, which also includes the Sabre Dogs, the Badlands Big Sticks, the Pierre (S.D.) Trappers, and the Hub City Hotshots out of Aberdeen, S.D. The other division, the Clark Division, includes the Spearfish Sasquatch, the Casper (Wyo.) Horseheads, the Western Nebraska Pioneers, the Hastings (Neb.) Sodbusters, and the Fremont (Neb.) Moo.
The Whiskey Jacks will end the regular season at home Aug. 2 to 4 with a three-game series against the Sasquatch, who play out of the Black Hills Power Sports Complex in Spearfish, S.D. – located near popular summer destinations such as Deadwood and Sturgis. Playoffs will soon follow.
The team also announced season tickets are available, and that flex packs will soon be available. Single game tickets will also be put on sale, but not until either April 1 or April 15.
To find out more about pricing and availability, visit wheatcitywhiskeyjacks.com, stop by their office at 204-1043 Rosser Ave in Brandon, or email them at email@example.com.
And the work continues; Wagner detailed some of the other milestones the team is planning for in the coming weeks.
“The upcoming months include scheduling our game day promotions, booking in-game acts and entertainment, securing corporate partners, and finalizing our roster,” he said, adding that almost all roster spots are already filled.
“We will also be setting our food and beverage options, designing and completing our mascot, making appearances, finding host families, and a lot of other activities.”