Ridge Run Baseball today officially announced the much-anticipated team name, the Glacier Range Riders, who will make their debut this spring season as part of the independent Pioneer Baseball League.
“We are thrilled to bring professional sports and a first-class fan experience and stadium to Northwest Montana,” Chris Kelly, Vice President of Ridge Run Baseball, LLC, said in a press release. “We hope to honor and represent one of the Treasure State’s crown jewels – the Flathead community and its beautiful national park – by providing a family-friendly atmosphere with championship-quality baseball.”
The Glacier Range Riders will call Flathead Stadium, in Kalispell, Montana, home.
Although the stadium will be operational for this season’s games, construction is expected to continue through 2022.The Glacier Range Riders’ inaugural season, which includes 48 home games, will begin on May 23, and conclude on Sept. 10.
Inspired by early 20th-century outdoorsmen patrolling the 1.3 million acres that is now Glacier National Park, the name “Range Rider” has deep regional roots. These wilderness defenders protected and preserved the area from poachers, wildfires, and timber thieves during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency.
Their rough-and-tumble role and characteristic toughness influenced the creation of the Range Rider mascot, a yet unnamed mountain goat. Created by minor league branding specialist Brandiose, the team’s logo complements the park’s history, wildlife, and the survival instinct of its early overseers.
In addition to approximately 2,500 seats, the facility and grounds will feature a restaurant, themed kids’ playground, merchandise shop, concessions, family-friendly restrooms, and casual viewing spaces. LED lighting, a 100 percent synthetic surface, and one of the largest video walls in Montana will elevate the fan and player experience.
Fans can now place deposits to reserve season tickets and receive priority seat selection. General ticket sales are expected to begin in February. Pre-sale deposits for season tickets are being accepted online at gorangeriders.com.
— Jerry Del Priore
Imges: Ridge Run Baseball, LLC.