After nearly two years of speculation on what the Houston Astros would name their new Minor League franchise in Fayetteville, the secret has been revealed. At a community event Sunday evening at Festival Park, the new Class A affiliate was properly christened the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

Some 1,500 people turned out for the event, with most offering positive feedback on the name. And if merchandise sales is any indication of reaction in the community, the line to be the first to get Woodpeckers gear was never shorter than 75-100 people all night.

The Woodpeckers will begin play in their new downtown stadium next April, after spending two seasons temporarily as the Buies Creek Astros playing at Campbell University.


Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.

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