Atlanta Silverbacks or Atlanta Chiefs? The fans get to pick!
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced Tuesday that they are giving fans the opportunity to decide the team's name for the upcoming season.
The internet campaign will have three options -- keeping the current team name, bringing back the name of Atlanta's historic pro soccer team, the Atlanta Chiefs, who played in the NPSL and NASL in the late 60s, the 70s and early 80s; or to come with a completely different team name.
"Being community and fan-oriented is very important to our organization," said Silverbacks Chairman Boris Jerkunica in a statement. "We want the community to have a stake in where we're going as a club, so we're excited to give them a voice and let them be a part of a decision that fans normally wouldn't be able to make."
Fans will be able to vote online at http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/ through November 6 for any of the options. Ballots will also be available at the Silverbacks' two remaining home games this year -- against Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and versus San Antonio next Wednesday.
Fans can also win prizes by participating in the campaign wtih one winning the opportunity to travel with the team on their first road trip to New York City to play the newly added New York Cosmos next season. Five other winners will receive a team-signed jersey.
"We want to be more engaged with the community and that starts with this campaign," said Silverbacks General Manager Andy Smith. "We think this will be a fun way to get more people involved with professional soccer here in Atlanta and ultimately grow our fan base."
The team plays at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, a 5,000 seat stadium near Spaghetti Junction. They joned the current version of the NASL in 2011.