Meet San Francisco’s newest professional sports team, the Unicorns

The Bay Area’s newest professional team unveiled its name and logo on Friday as the San Francisco Unicorns prepare for Major League Cricket’s inaugural season.

The unicorns will be dressed in orange, light blue and navy, and their colors represent the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

“The Bay Area is home to exceptionally talented individuals and companies that have changed the world. The term “unicorn” is used in popular culture to refer to exceptional talent or potential, whether it be an athlete or a Silicon Valley startup,” said lead investors Anand Rajaraman and Venki Harinarayan. “Our San Francisco unicorns have a unique opportunity to represent all fans of the world’s second biggest sport in the Bay Area.”

Although the Unicorns represent San Francisco, their first season will not take place in San Francisco, nor anywhere in the Bay Area or Northern California. The first season of Major League Cricket will take place in the Dallas suburb of Grande Prairie, Texas between Dallas and Arlington. The league is rebuilding the Grande Prairie Stadium, a former minor league baseball stadium, into a 7,000-seat cricket ground.

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The season will run from July 13 to 30, with each team playing five regular season games. Major League Cricket plays 20 matches that last approximately three hours, as opposed to test matches that last several days.

Gary Graham (333) of the Silicon Valley Strikers Bats during the Pacific Minor League Cricket Conference Final between the Strikers and the Seattle Thunderbolts at Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina on August 27, 2022. | Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Two other members of the six-team league, the Seattle Orcas and the Washington Freedom, submitted their names and logos. Dallas, Los Angeles and New York have not yet done so. The Unicorns will acquire their first players this Sunday as part of a draft for local players.

While the Unicorns will spend their first season nearly 2,000 miles from their namesake city, there are plans to build a cricket oval that could seat up to 15,000 people at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose using popularity of this sport among the South. Asian community.

Cricket requires much larger fields than any other American sport; the sport’s smallest fields are typically 150 yards wide, too large for existing baseball or football stadiums. The development of a cricket ground in the Bay Area could also open up opportunities for Australian rules football, which uses a similar ground.

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