Team Will Pay Tribute to Local Hispanic/Latino Culture During Seven Friday Home Games
The Reading Fightin Phils unveiled their on-field uniforms on March 12 as the team will play as “Los Luchadores” during seven Friday home games in 2020, as part of Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The new Los Luchadores de Reading caps, jerseys, and merchandise are available now at the Steve Moyer Subaru Team Store at FirstEnergy Stadium, or online at https://fightinphils.milbstore.com/collections/luchadores.
Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays, presented by eXp Realty, Humane Pennsylvania, and Mahou Beer, will feature special Los Luchadores uniforms, Hispanic/Latino food and music, and other cultural elements throughout the ballpark.
The R-Phils introduced their new Los Luchadores de Reading logo in November as part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de La Diversión. The Luchadores logo pays tribute to Reading’s Hispanic/Latino culture and the city’s iconic elements.
Copa de la Diversión, or “Fun Cup,” is an ongoing event series throughout Minor League Baseball, specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.
In 2019, 403 Copa-inspired games took place throughout Minor League Baseball. These games on average welcomed 20% more attendees as compared to non-Copa games through September 1, 2019.
“Luchar” means “to fight for,” and “Luchador” translates to “fighter.” The term “Luchador” typically signifies a masked wrestler.
The Reading Fightins Phils, playing as Los Luchadores de Reading, will host seven Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays this season. The dates are as follows:
Friday, April 24
Friday, May 8th
Friday, June 12th
Friday, July 17th
Friday, July 31st
Friday, August 7th
Friday, August 28th
On April 24th, the first 1,500 adults will receive a Los Luchadores de Reading Game Cap, plus pregame Happy Hour with $1 off beer. The May 8th, June 12th, July 17th, July 31st, and August 7th games will also feature Happy Hour plus fireworks and a post-game concert.
On August 28th, the Los Luchadores de Reading jerseys will be auctioned and raffled, plus fans can enjoy a post-game fireworks show.
Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays will include food vendors with Hispanic/Latino dishes, including El Durango Mexican Food Market and Mi Casa Su Casa. The night will also feature Hispanic/Latino music, flags from Hispanic/Latino countries will be displayed, and other cultural elements will be featured such as Hispanic/Latino dance, art, community leaders, and more.
The Luchador mask logo pays tribute to some of the most notable elements of the city of Reading. Embodied in the Luchador’s mask is Reading’s Pagoda, surrounded by 23 sun rays representing the Latin American countries and Puerto Rico. Down the bridge of the nose is Reading’s Fire Tower. Home plate serves as the Luchador’s mouth, with FirstEnergy Stadium’s facade creating the upper lip. Below the chin are train tracks, symbolic of the historic Reading Railroad, and along the side are baseball seams, a nod to Baseballtown’s rich history.
The City of Reading has the largest Hispanic population in the state of Pennsylvania, by percentage of population. More than 64% of the City of Reading’s population is made up of Hispanics/Latinos, or over 57,000 residents.
Individual game tickets, season tickets, and mini plans for the 2020 season are on sale now at the Weidenhammer Ticket Office at FirstEnergy Stadium, online at https://www.milb.com/reading/tickets/, or by calling 610-370-BALL. The Weidenhammer Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.