GF Sports Announces New York Riptide Name, Unveils Logo
The new New York team now has a name:
Itâ€™s the New York Riptide.
Long Islandâ€™s expansion franchise is set for a December debut in the National Lacrosse League. The teamâ€™s name and logo were unveiled before the New York Open tennis final Sunday at NYCB Liveâ€™s Nassau Coliseum, where the Riptide will play.
â€œI like it because it sort of signifies Long Island for me,â€ said Gary Fuhrman, managing partner at GF Capital and a board member of GF Sports, the company that was awarded the franchise in December. â€œI think itâ€™s a very strong name. Just very relevant, powerful.â€
The logo features the name and a lacrosse stick in a swirl of water. The team had solicited name suggestions and received â€œhundreds of them,â€ according to Fuhrman. Then the list got narrowed. Then the team surveyed the fans again.
â€œThe fans chose it,â€ Fuhrman said.
Fuhrman called box lacrosse Â â€œsuper-exciting.â€ He said the Riptide will be â€œan affordable ticket.â€ He hopes this hotbed location for the sport also will help the team draw.
â€œI think thatâ€™s part of it, the fact that Long Island is synonymous with lacrosse,â€ Fuhrman said. â€œWe had a choice to bring it anywhere in New York and we chose Long Island. The whole community has been behind it, from the coaches to the kids to small businesses.â€
Head coach and general manager Regy Thorpe said he now has to solidify his coaching and scouting staffs. Heâ€™s also scouting.
â€œIf done the right way with an expansion entry,â€ he said, â€œyou can put a good product on the field right away.â€
There used to be an NLL franchise at the Coliseum. The New York Saints lasted from 1989 through 2003.
â€œThat was a long time ago,â€ said Thorpe, a former NLL player who sees a good reason why this attempt can succeed. â€œThe GF Capital group is a really passionate, strong group behind it,â€™â€™ he said. â€œ[We] really want to be centered around the community. We love the way the Islandersâ€™ fans are so passionate about the Islanders in the Coliseum. Itâ€™s been awesome. We want to maybe try to mimic that and create that fan-community support that they have to really energize us.â€
Former Islanders player and coach and current broadcaster Butch Goring, who has lived in Oyster Bay since 2011, also thinks lacrosse can work at the Coliseum.
â€œThereâ€™s just a tremendous interest,â€ he said. â€œI think lacrosse has had a lot more exposure over the last 10 to 15 years than before. So yes, I think theyâ€™ll gain tremendous support. Itâ€™s a lot like hockey. Itâ€™s a very physical game .Â Â .Â Â . Long Island has very passionate fans and they love their sports.â€