Aeros fans let their voices be heard.
And in the end, they found nothing wrong with the name originally given to their team when the Indians Double-A franchise moved from Canton to Akron in 1997, switching from the Canton-Akron Indians to the Akron Aeros.
Thus, the Gum Dippers, Tire Jacks, Rubber Ducks and Vulcans will not appear on the team’s jersey. Instead, with Aeros garnering 67 percent of the vote from a season-long re-branding contest, the team name will maintain its original name.
“Our fans have spoken and we are excited to remain the Aeros,” said Aeros executive vice president / chief operating officer Jim Pfander. “…It’s exciting to see how passionate the fans were in keeping the Aeros name.”
Partnering with the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, the team’s contest began in June with fans being asked to enter potential new names or vote to keep the Aeros moniker. Little by little, the list was reduced and five finalists were chosen to represent the final five name possibilities.
Randomly selected to win the grand prize of season tickets for life for voting to stick by the original name was Akron’s Kate Breth, 41.
The four runners up are Tallmadge’s Don Lutes, 61, (Gum Dippers), Akron’s Angi Taylor, 36, (Vulcans), Copley’s Raymond Romito, 27, (RubberDucks) and Cuyahoga Falls Tara Kerscher, 35 (Tire Jacks). Each receive a pair of season tickets for the Aeros 71 home games next season.