Grand Prairie AirHogs celebrate 5th anniversary with new mascot

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by SHANNON POWELL HART

WFAA

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 1:39 PM

GRAND PRAIRIE - The Grand Prairie AirHogs baseball team is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a few changes: a new mascot named Scout and new turf on the field. 

Scout's name was chosen by fans during a "Name the New Mascot Contest".  The name is based on Grand Prairie's rich history in aviation and aerospace. The Scout Rocket  was built in Grand Prairie and  its first successful orbital launch happened on February 16, 1962.  Scout wears jersey number nine. It is a number that comes from the satellite the rocket carried named Explorer 9.

The ballpark also got a tiny facelift with new synthetic turf. The playing field's turf allows the use of the ballpark all year round.  QuikTrip Park is prepared to host charity events, concerts, graduation ceremonies and a number of other events. The AirHogs play at the park, along with high school and some local college teams.

The AirHogs will play the El Paso Diablos Tuesday night. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. For more ticket information airhogsbaseball.com .

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