The Delaware Blue Coats have introduced their new mascot Coaty.
The mascot was unveiled last week at the Delaware Children’s Museum on the other side of the Wilmington Riverfront from the fieldhouse.
The mascot makes its debut prior to the home opener for the Delaware Blue Coats at the 76ers Field House in Wilmington later this month. The opening was pushed back from the original December date.
The $25 million fieldhouse will be home of the National Basketball Association G League for the 76ers. The team was rebranded when the new arena was announced.
Meet Coaty. pic.twitter.com/Wk6yx7U4VB
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The 87ers name is derived from Delaware being the first state to ratify the Constitution, while the Blue Coats referred to the uniforms of Delaware troops during the Revolutionary War.
Coaty, a horse-like character may have been inspired by the statue of Caesar Rodney racing from Delaware to sign the Declaration of Independence. He comes with a Delaware map as a birthmark.
Some historians speculate that Rodney actually rode a carriage to Philadelphia, due to his fragile health.
Mascots have made national news, with the Gritty mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers becoming an immediate hit last year, despite the poor performance of the team.
The 76ers have not seen similar success, despite the recent popularity of the team.