October 12, 2021
Hit – run – score! NOVA’s Lisa Feeley treated clients and a few from our Charlotte team to a Honey Hunters game. Thanks for joining us Walter P. Moore, Swinerton, RMF Engineering, Morris Berg Architects and Cole Jenest & Stone!
Who are the Honey Hunters, you may ask? In 2019 the Atlantic League announced it was considering a new franchise in Gastonia. Work officially began in November 2019, for the new ballpark in Gastonia. In July 2020, the league announced the addition of a new franchise in Gastonia beginning in 2021; it would be the league’s second team based in North Carolina. Brandon Bellamy was announced as the team’s owner.
On August 15, 2020, a “Name the Team” contest was launched. On October 8, 2020, the names were narrowed down to Fire Ants, Hogzillas, Honey Hunters, Hotshots, and Uppercuts.
On January 13, 2021, the Honey Hunters name, logo and colors were announced. “Honey Hunters” refers to the toughness of a honey badger (Mellivora capensis) and the ability to seek out positive things in hard times. The moniker also alludes to Ransom Hunter, the first freed slave to own property in Gaston County, of which Gastonia is the county seat.
The team’s first game was an exhibition on May 23, 2021, followed by the regular season opening day game on May 25.