SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 14, 2014) Spurs Sports & Entertainment unveiled today an updated look for its WNBA franchise that will be reflected in the 2014 season. Changes include new logos for the San Antonio Stars, which were previously known as the Silver Stars. Additionally, San Antonio-based retailer H-E-B has signed on as the first-ever marquee sponsor for the Stars and will have the iconic H-E-B logo prominently displayed on the front of their jerseys. The updated logos and jerseys were unveiled today at a press conference held at the AT&T Center.
The Stars new primary logo utilizes the familiar silver, black and white color palate and features the San Antonio Stars wordmark above a shooting star. The secondary logo contains a stylized S above the shooting star. Fans can check out the new designs and get the latest news on the Stars at SAStars.com, as well as via the teams social media channels on Instagram (@SAStars), Twitter (@SAStars) and Facebook (Facebook.com/SAStarsBasketball).
The new look for the Stars provides an updated design that more closely aligns with the brand and feel of our entire Spurs family of teams, said Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations. We have been very fortunate to have H-E-B as our business and community partner for well over 20 years and they are the perfect fit to be the first-ever marquee sponsor for the Stars.
Last year, H-E-B and SS&E announced a five-year renewal as corporate and community partners. H-E-B is the presenting sponsor of the Spurs 2013-14 season and will be the presenting sponsor for the Stars 2014 season. H-E-B also has a presence with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) and Austin Toros (NBA Development League).
Were elated to expand on our collaboration with Spurs Sports & Entertainment as the first-ever marquee sponsor for the Stars, said Cory Basso, H-E-B Group Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. The WNBA is the premier womens sports league in the world and we want to continue to support womens sports and make a positive impact in our community.
The 2014 campaign will mark the Stars 12th season in San Antonio. The team relocated from Utah in 2003 and was then known as the Utah Starzz, one of eight original WNBA franchises.
"Strong brands continue to be attracted to the WNBA, not only for its elite athletes, outstanding entertainment and high level of play, but also for its authentic connection to their communities," said WNBA President Laurel Richie. "Today's announcement marks a milestone in the long standing partnership between H-E-B and the Stars, and we look forward to the great things these two iconic Texas brands will do together in 2014 and beyond."
In celebration of the H-E-B partnership, Stars players Becky Hammon and Danielle Robinson will make an appearance today at the H-E-B plus! on Bandera Rd and 1604 for an appreciation event for Stars fans and H-E-B customers. Featuring free food, games and prizes, the fan appreciation event will be held from 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public.
About Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the premier provider of sports and entertainment in South Texas. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), San Antonio Stars (WNBA) and Austin Toros (NBA Development League) and also manages the day-to-day operations of the AT&T Center.
About the San Antonio Stars
The San Antonio Stars are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment - the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL) and the Austin Toros (NBA Development League) - and play their home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2014 season will mark the teams 12th year in San Antonio, as the Utah Starzz relocated to the Alamo City in 2003. In operation since 1997, the WNBA - which features 12 teams - is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world.
H-E-B, with sales of more than $19.4 billion, operates more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 105th anniversary in 2010. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 80,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.