(AKRON, OHIO) April 7, 2014 - Since the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Akron RubberDucks have unveiled a new identity, new uniforms, and exciting new changes at Canal Park. With three days left before the home opener, it is time to unveil the name of the new duck mascot-Webster!
Webster the RubberDuck will make his official debut prior to Thursday's home opener against the Bowie Baysox at 6:35 p.m. Webster will join Orbit the space cat and Homer the pigeon as the official mascots of the RubberDucks.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday's Opening Day for the entire pre-game ceremonies, including the unveiling of Webster the RubberDuck. This follows the Main Street Festival, which runs from 4-6 p.m. in front of Canal Park on South Main Street where fans can hear live music, see fire breathers, face painters, and more fun before gates open.
"We think Webster will be a hit for fans of all ages," said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. "We look forward to welcoming Webster to our family of mascots, including Orbit and Homer, and continuing to provide the best in affordable, family entertainment in Northeast Ohio."
Nominations for the new mascot's name took place from March 17-25. From March 27 to April 4, fans voted online from five finalists: Bill, Quackers, Rubberto, Tread, and Webster. Webster was selected as the winning name with more than 4,000 votes submitted online in the final vote.
Melanie Feltoon from Twinsburg was chosen at random from among the people who nominated the name "Webster," and she will receive two 2014 season tickets and a chance to participate in Webster's official unveiling on Opening Night.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season will be its 18th since moving to Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. The team begins its season on April 3 at Binghamton and the home opener at Canal Park is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 6:35 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox. For more information and merchandise featuring the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.