Las Vegas Aviators opening Day at Las Vegas Ballpark is right around the corner on April 4, so it’s the perfect time to get to know the team’s mascots, Spruce and Aviator, who just happen to be best friends with Summerlin Sam, the community’s beloved white-tailed jackrabbit mascot!
Created to illuminate the team’s aviation theme, Spruce and Aviator made their Southern Nevada debut on April 9, 2019, at the Ballpark’s first-ever game!
Originally from Las Vegas, Spruce is a goose who lived in the Bellagio fountain as a gosling. From a very early age, he was involved in “Show Biz,” given that his parents were part of a magic act on the Strip. In his new role as the Aviators’ mascot, he is thrilled to be following in their entertainment footsteps.
One day when he was old enough to migrate, Spruce set off with his family, but quickly realized he wasn’t a great flyer. Looking for a soft landing, he spied the outfield pool at the Las Vegas Ballpark and decided to call it home. His new friends at the Ballpark named him “Spruce” after the Spruce Goose, the unofficial nickname of Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules aircraft, which only flew just 70 feet above Long Beach Harbor before landing on the water.
Spruce now lives at the Ballpark full-time and dreams of being a great flyer and adventurer like his hero and fellow mascot, Aviator. He’ll do anything to impress him but can’t seem to get it quite right. Spruce is a lovable, larger-than-life character who is always getting in over his head.
Favorite food: Hungry Hotshots Kids Meal and the Flight Deck Burger at Las Vegas Ballpark!
Favorite thing about Summerlin: Colorful sunsets, game nights at Las Vegas Ballpark and hanging with Summerlin Sam!
Favorite Movie: “Top Gun,” of course!
While Spruce is an open book, Aviator is a bit of a mystery. No one knows exactly where he came from or how he ended up at Las Vegas Ballpark, but his flight suit and gear are really out of this world, suggesting he’s had some pretty fantastic adventures and seen some astonishing places.
Rumor has it Aviator is an ex-pilot once stationed at Nellis Airforce base where he was testing the top secret “Intergalactic Jet Propulsion System” that appears on his flight suit today. He is still engaged in classified missions and, for this reason, he can never reveal his true identity.
Aviator loves helping young flyers to get off the ground and achieve the impossible. So much so, he’s taken Spruce under his wing and will try every trick in the book to get his friend airborne.
Favorite food: The Hercules hotdog at Las Vegas Ballpark
Favorite thing about Summerlin: the view of Red Rock Canyon and the valley from an aerial perspective when flying over the community, and hanging out with Summerlin Sam!
Favorite movie: “The Aviator,” of course!