COMMERCE CITY CO (Aug. 26 2007) – The Colorado Rapids unveiled the club’s newest mascot Marco Van Bison at the team's match tonight vs. the LA Galaxy.
Marco will be the second of four new mascots for the club who will be unveiled periodically over the upcoming months. Each new mascot will be an animal naturally found in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge which is adjacent to the Dick's Sporting Goods Park complex.
The Rapids kicked off the new tradition in their mascot department on Independence Day when they unveiled Edson the Eagle an American bald eagle of which there are several to be found in the Arsenal Refuge.
The second mascot #9 Marco Van Bison is an American Bison or more commonly known by its misnomer buffalo. The American Bison was recently reintroduced with a brand new herd this year at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in March. The bison was almost hunted to extinction in late 19th century but has experienced a true resurgence as there are now more than 200000 bison in North America.
The Rapids chose Marco to be their second of four mascots because the bison symbolizes strength tenacity and freedom. Marco’s official birthdate is August 26th and he was released in front of the Rapids' faithful after being delivered to the stadium in an official van straight from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge.