Springfield is known as the birthplace of basketball, but another sport has recently gained the city a lot of recognition.
We’re talking about hockey, and the city is showing appreciation for the sport through art.
The Springfield City Council recently authorized the Thunderbirds to paint their logo downtown, which will resemble the one for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Court Street.
But a vote to approve this painting was delayed after a city council member raised concerns about the logo potentially going in the Main Street, Boland Way and Harrison Ave intersection.
City Councilor Michael Fenton said he wasn’t sure if that busy intersection was an appropriate location for the logo.
“My concerns were related to opening Pandora’s box,” said Fenton. “In terms of having other businesses requesting logos being painted in the municipal right of way.”
Fenton said the city council discussed the Thunderbirds being different than other businesses because they are our flagship sports franchise.
President of the Thunderbirds, Nathan Costa told 22News the team takes pride in being ingrained into the local community and they’re honored to have their logo tattooed on the streets so close where they play.
The team is hoping to have the logo painted by their season opener next month.