A new professional football team in San Francisco will be called the California Redwoods and will wear green, blue and white jerseys, team officials announced at AT&T Park Tuesday.
The Redwoods, one of four teams that will participate in the inaugural season of the United Football League, will begin their season in October.
The name “Redwoods” was selected after more than 30,000 entries from the general public, according to league officials. UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue announced the team name and unveiled the team’s uniforms at Tuesday’s news conference.
“It was critical for us to select team names that we felt best reflected the local community while simultaneously defining the personality of the team,” Huyghue said in a statement.
“The Redwoods, large, strong trees native to California, symbolize many traits that the UFL and the California franchise plan to embody. The Redwoods and the UFL are reaching for the stars and are eco-friendly,” Huyghue said.
The team is owned by Paul Pelosi, who was also in attendance at Tuesday’s event. Pelosi is the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Dennis Green will be the head coach of the Redwoods. Green has been a head coach in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, and was an assistant coach for Bill Walsh at both Stanford University and with the San Francisco 49ers.
The team starts their season on Oct. 8 when they travel to play the Las Vegas Locomotives, and will have their first home game on Oct. 17 when they host New York at 6 p.m. at AT&T Park.