Las Vegas Aviators® Unveil 40th Anniversary logo for 2023 Pacific Coast League Campaign!
(Las Vegas, NV) – February 7, 2023 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will celebrate their 40th Anniversary season in the Silver State during the 2023 campaign. The Aviators organization have the proud distinction of being Nevada’s
Celebrating 40 years of pro baseball in Las Vegas 🌟— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) February 7, 2023
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(Las Vegas, NV) – February 7, 2023 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will celebrate their 40th Anniversary season in the Silver State during the 2023 campaign. The Aviators organization have the proud distinction of being Nevada’s longest enduring professional sports franchise. Las Vegas Triple-A baseball was born on April 10, 1983 before a crowd of 10,622 at Cashman Field. The team will use a special logo to commemorate the 2023 season. The primary logo shows the number 40 along with Las Vegas landmarks across the top.
“We are excited about the 40th Anniversary logo,” Aviators President/COO Don Logan said. “This franchise has a very proud tradition with all of the great players that have been a part of this organization as members of the Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Mets and Athletics.
“We have provided the best in fun, family-oriented entertainment for the citizens of Southern Nevada since 1983, and along the way we have proudly lent our support to countless charitable initiatives and will continue to do so. The PCL possesses a rich tradition and provides a high caliber of competition in Triple-A baseball and has always provided a great product for the fans to come out to the ballpark to enjoy. The fan support we’ve had for 39 seasons has solidified that fact. In 2022, we proudly announced that the Las Vegas franchise had 93 players in the big leagues that once played for the 51s/Aviators.”
THE HISTORY (1983-2022): The Stars was the franchise’s original nickname for the first 18 seasons from 1983-2000 and had a player development contract with the San Diego Padres. The team then unveiled a new alien theme logo, based on the semi-secret government base known as “Area 51” which is located 160 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Media reports of UFO sightings and alien activities have been rumored at the base. Prior to the 2001 season, the franchise changed the nickname from the Stars to 51s and signed a PDC with the Los Angeles Dodgers and spent eight seasons as their affiliate (2001-08). The 51s then signed a PDC with the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons (2009-12). Toronto then signed a new “PDC” with Triple-A Buffalo of the International League following the 2012 season. Las Vegas then signed a PDC with the New York Mets and played six seasons as their top affiliate (2013-18). Following the 2017 season, the Mets purchased the Triple-A Syracuse franchise in Syracuse, N.Y., announcing they would begin play in the IL in 2019.
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, the Las Vegas franchise experienced a total rebranding that included not just a new affiliate, but also a new nickname, logo and stadium. On December 8, 2018, the 51s officially became the Aviators, a name that pays tribute to Howard R. Hughes Jr., whose legacy includes significant aviation-related firsts and accomplishments. The organization also left Cashman Field near Downtown Las Vegas after 36 seasons for brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark® in Downtown Summerlin. The inaugural season at Las Vegas Ballpark was a smash, as the Aviators led all Minor League Baseball in total attendance (650,934) and per-game attendance (9,299).
The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 39 seasons (1983-2019, 2021-22). In three regular seasons at the Las Vegas Ballpark, the attendance total is 1,597,524, which includes 64 sellouts. The Aviators led all minor leagues in attendance in 2019; Triple-A West in 2020 and the PCL in 2022. The all-time total attendance now stands at 13,598,535.
Triple-A baseball over the past 39 seasons in Las Vegas has been a “Who’s Who” of future Major League stars that have played at Cashman Field and Las Vegas Ballpark. A few of the top Las Vegas (Stars/51s/Aviators) players have included: Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Alonso, Carlos Baerga, Bruce Bochy, Joey Cora, Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom, Ozzie Guillen, Phil Hiatt, Matt Kemp, John Kruk, Brett Lawrie, Rick Lancellotti, Derrek Lee, James Loney, Russell Martin, Jeff McNeil, Kevin McReynolds, Sean Murphy, Bip Roberts, Amed Rosario, Benito Santiago, Noah Syndergaard, Eddie Williams.
A few of the top opponents included: Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Madison Bumgarner, Jose Canseco, Vince Coleman, Chili Davis, Jermaine Dye, Jim Edmonds, Todd Helton, Ricky Henderson, Torii Hunter, Orel Hershiser, Wally Joyner, Eric Karros, Kenny Lofton, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Chan Ho Park , Mike Piazza, Joc Pederson, Buster Posey, Alex Rodriguez, Tim Salmon, Curt Schilling, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Danny Tartabull, Jim Thome, Ellis Valentine, Matt Williams.
Individual game tickets for the 2023 campaign will go on sale on Wednesday, February 22 through aviatorslv.com and Las Vegas Ballpark Box Office.
The Aviators, under manager Fran Riordan, will open their 40th Anniversary season (1983-2023) in the Silver State against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Northern Nevada on Friday, March 31. The 2023 home opener will be on Tuesday, April 4 against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Las Vegas Ballpark.
The Aviators led the PCL in 2022 home attendance with a total of 518,221 for an average of 6,910 in 75 dates which included 11 sellouts.
2023 Las Vegas Aviators season and group tickets, including suites, party decks and the pool are available by calling the Aviators administrative offices at (702) 943-7200 or emailing [email protected].
Official licensed Aviators team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.aviatorslv.com.
About Las Vegas Aviators®
The Las Vegas Aviators® have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2022 campaign marked the 40th calendar season in the Silver State as a proud member of Triple-A professional baseball of the Pacific Coast League and the third season in Las Vegas Ballpark (8,196). The Aviators led all minor league baseball in 2019 attendance with a total of 650,934 for an average of 9,299. Las Vegas recorded 47 sellouts and 23 crowds of 10,000+.
In 2021, Las Vegas led Triple-A West in home attendance with a total of 428,369 for an average of 6,590.
The Aviators were the recipient of the 2021 Baseball America Triple-A Freitas Award, given to the organization of the year at each level of the Minor Leagues.
In 2022, Las Vegas led the PCL in home attendance with a total of 518,221 for an average of 6,910. It marked the second-highest attendance total for a single season in franchise history.
The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18)/Aviators (2019 - present) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 39 seasons (36 seasons at Cashman Field, 1983-2018; Las Vegas Ballpark, 2019, 2021-22). The Aviators have played three seasons as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.
About Las Vegas Ballpark®
Las Vegas Ballpark®, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin® just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city's professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The team is wholly owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the award-winning master-planned community of Summerlin® and developer of Las Vegas Ballpark. With a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids' zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall, Las Vegas Ballpark boasts a capacity of 8,196. Designed to host a variety of events in addition to baseball, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master-planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. For more on Las Vegas Ballpark, visit www.thelvballpark.com.
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