Team officials with High Point's minor-league baseball team are closer to picking a name, selecting nine finalists steeped in city history.

Many of the names reference High Point's furniture heritage - the Rockers, for example, and the Splinters, and the Chairmen, with - that's right - a heavy accent on the chair.

Local barbecue lovers may lean toward the Hushpuppies moniker. For a more regional name, the Tri-Stars made the cut, a nod to the Triad's biggest cities.

City leaders broke ground on the $36 million stadium project last month. It's the centerpiece of a plan to reinvigorate High Point's downtown. The stadium already has a name, BB&T Point.

Hundreds of fans submitted their suggestions. There will be two more rounds of whittling down finalists before the official name is announced July 12th. The team is expected to start playing in 2019.

Fan voting is taking place at High Point Baseball.

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