BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors have changed the name of a promotional night after pressure from Stockton hockey officials.
Dec. 27 was originally designated as "Our City Isn't Bankrupt Night," combining the Condor's ongoing rivalry with the Thunder and Stockton's recent financial announcement.
On Tuesday, Condors Team President Matthew Riley announced the name will be changed to "Boomtown Bakersfield Night."
"We don't take ourselves too seriously," Riley said. "The promotion was never meant to poke fun at those who are struggling due to Stockton's financial situation."
Team officials said they received some backlash last week from Stockton Thunder officials and Stockton residents about the promotion. Riley said the team is taking this opportunity to redirect the attention to the recent upturn in Bakersfield's economy.
"So that this promotion isn't further misinterpreted, we want to put the focus of the night to highlight the city of Bakersfield's success and the continued growth of the city."
Recently, the LA Times reported Bakersfield is on its way to reclaiming it's name as a "boomtown," with a recent spike in job creation. According to state employment data, Kern County is 5,600 jobs away from matching its peak employment rate from September of 2007.
The Condor's "Boomtown Bakersfield" night will give everyone in attendance a $1 million bill, and give away brand-new cars. It will also offer a buy-one, get-one ticket free promotion for employees of any city, including Stockton.