92°F
weather icon Clear

Spruce, Aviator take center stage at season opener

The Howard Hughes Corp. unveiled last night, in true Las Vegas fashion, the new mascots for the Las Vegas Aviators: Spruce and Aviator.

Created expressly to illuminate and celebrate the team’s new aviation-themed moniker, the mascots made their Southern Nevada debut Tuesday at the season opener and first-ever game at Las Vegas Ballpark.

“With a new name, a new ballpark and a new affiliation with the Oakland Athletics, the Las Vegas Aviators have launched an exciting new chapter in the team’s 37-year history as the city’s oldest professional sports team,” said Don Logan, president and chief operating officer for the Las Vegas Aviators.

“The mascots are a fun way to better connect the team with the community, not only on game days but throughout the year,” he said. “We expect Spruce and Aviator to become staples at community events year-round, representing the team and putting a smile on the faces of everyone they meet. Mascots are not just for kids these days, they are for fans of all ages. We are confident Spruce and Aviator will become popular team ambassadors.”

About Spruce

Spruce is a goose who lived in the Bellagio fountains as a gosling. From an early age, he was involved in show biz, as his parents were part of a magic act on the Strip. In his new role as the Aviators’ mascot, he is thrilled to be following in their entertainment footsteps.

One day when he was old enough to migrate, Spruce set off with his family but quickly realized he wasn’t a great flyer. Looking for a soft landing, he spied the outfield pool at the Las Vegas Ballpark and decided to call it home. His new friends named him “Spruce” after the Spruce Goose, the nickname of Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules aircraft, which flew just 70 feet above Long Beach Harbor before landing on the water.

Spruce now lives at Las Vegas Ballpark full-time and dreams of being a great flyer and adventurer like his hero and fellow mascot, Aviator. He will do anything to impress him and even dresses like him but can’t seem to get it quite right. True to Spruce’s roots, he is a larger-than-life character who is always getting in over his head. His aim in life is to fly again one day, and hopefully the Las Vegas Ballpark fans will give him the uplift to get off the ground!

His favorite food is the Hungry Hotshots Kids Meal at Las Vegas Ballpark, and his favorite film is “Top Gun,” of course.

About Aviator

While Spruce is an open book, Aviator is a bit of a mystery. No one knows exactly where he came from or how he ended up at Las Vegas Ballpark, but his flight suit and gear are really out of this world, suggesting he has had some pretty fantastic adventures and seen some astonishing places.

Rumor has it Aviator is an ex-pilot once stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, where he was testing the top secret Intergalactic Jet Propulsion System, which appears on his flight suit. He is still engaged in classified missions, and, for this reason, he can never reveal his true identity.

Aviator loves helping young flyers to get off the ground and achieve the impossible. So much so, he has taken Spruce under his wing and will try every trick in the book to get his friend airborne. Aviator is completely focused on Spruce, the team and the fans and never leaves a squad member behind.

Aviator loves The Hercules hot dog, part of the specialty FlyDog collection served at Las Vegas Ballpark. His favorite movie? “The Aviator,” of course!

About Las Vegas Ballpark

Las Vegas Ballpark, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin — just south of City National Arena, practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights — is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Las Vegas Ballpark provides a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master-planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway.

About Las Vegas Aviators

The Las Vegas Aviators have the proud distinction of being the longest-enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2019 campaign will mark the 37th season in the Silver State as a proud member of the Pacific Coast League and the inaugural season in the new Las Vegas Ballpark. The Stars (1983-2000) and 51s (2001-18) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 36 seasons previously at Cashman Field. The Aviators are in their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.

About Howard Hughes Corp.

The Howard Hughes Corp. owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s pre-eminent portfolio of master-planned communities, operating properties and development opportunities including the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands, The Woodlands Hills and Bridgeland in the Houston area; Summerlin and Ward Village in Honolulu.

The company’s portfolio is positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corp. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Juhl announces new Artist in Residence, Okeeba Jubalo

Juhl, a 344–residence, loft-style community that spans an entire city block in downtown Las Vegas and known for its flexible floor plans and industrial chic design aesthetic, has announced its next featured artist of its Artist in Residence program, now in its sixth installment. Atlanta-based community leader, painter and entrepreneur Okeeba Jubalo, will live and work at Juhl in downtown Las Vegas from June 29-Aug. 6.

Pardee leads renovation of Living Grace Home in Henderson

This past spring, Pardee Homes helped make a long overdue update a reality for Living Grace Home, a safe haven for homeless young women who are expectant and new mothers.

Summerlin is cooler, literally

It’s a fact. The temperature in Summerlin is cooler than most other parts of the valley. That, according to Todd Lericos, meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Las Vegas, on average, the temperature drops 3.57 degrees for every 1,000-foot increase in elevation. Because the elevation of Summerlin is about 3,500 feet above sea level — with areas of the community topping out at more than 4,400 feet — the community enjoys cooler temperatures year-round as compared to other parts of the valley, particularly the east side, where the elevation averages between 1,500 feet and 2,000 feet above sea level.

Toll Brothers’ Mesa Ridge offers luxury features

Mesa Ridge by Toll Brothers is a master-planned community featuring a variety of home designs, luxury appointments and resort-style amenities.

D.R. Horton opens new community in North Las Vegas

You know that feeling you get looking up at the night sky and believing anything is possible? That’s the feeling at Valley Vista. Wide open. Brand new.

Local high school students receive Pardee scholarships

Five students, all recent graduates of Advanced Technologies Academy, A-Tech, each received a 2019 Pardee Homes Community Building Scholarship through The Public Education Foundation.

Tips on building your dream home in The Ridges

So where do you start when you are planning to design and build a custom home? According to Elle Gaensslen, sales and marketing manager for Summerlin, who oversees custom homesite sales in The Ridges, that’s the question buyers have on their mind once they purchase a lot.

Beazer town home community opens Saturday

Beazer Homes has announced Union Trails, an 11-acre community under development in Henderson. This new location will be home to 135 residences, offering modern attached town home living with an anticipated grand opening date of Saturday, June 15.

 
Juhl high-rise is all about design

Sleek, contemporary design with a cool, urban vibe – check. Flexible floor plans with a myriad of options — check. An unbeatable location in the center of it all – check. A vibrant dining and nightlife scene steps from the front door – check. Resort-style amenities on property – check.