It’s not a bird, it’s a Dream.
The WNBA’s Atlanta team will announce later today that the league’s 14th team will be called the Dream, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The name is a break from other professional sports franchises in the city named for birds – Thrashers, Hawks and Falcons.
Team owner Ron Terwilliger leaked the news to the AJC on Tuesday ahead of a formal announcement set for 1:45 p.m. today. He told the paper that the name is “consistent with Atlanta and its history.”
Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders, a key player in helping the city land the franchise and now a consultant to the team, agreed with Terwilliger.
“The name fits Atlanta so well — from the time of Mayor [William] Hartsfield when we were deciding to be a transportation hub, all the way forward to the Olympics being held here, with Martin Luther King in the middle with the civil rights movement,” Borders said. “We have always been dreamers in this city, whether for a commercial purpose or a moral purpose. So the name absolutely captures the spirit of Atlanta.”
The AJC also reports that the Dream’s color scheme is a combination of white, blue and red.
The announcement of a team name, logo and colors comes after fans were able to vote on a handful of options. Choices for team name included the Dream, Flight, Sizzle and Surge. The finalists for the color scheme were navy blue and gold; green and gold; sky blue and red; hot pink, silver and black; and mint green, black and silver.
On its web site, the AJC also reports that the team has sold nearly 1,500 season tickets, moved into a downtown office building and hired senior staff.