City of Oregon, Ohio to temporarily change name for national title game
OREGON, Ohio – In the city of Oregon, Ohio, residents will have to call their home something new on Jan. 12 while the Buckeyes are taking on the Ducks in the national championship.
The idea, originally raised through a change.org petition was accepted by Oregon City Administrator Michael Beazley and Oregon Mayor Michael Seferian, according to the Toledo Free Press. They will issue a proclamation on Jan. 5 announcing the change for the 12th.
Oregon is located near Toledo, Ohio and is just about 140 miles away from Columbus.
“I grew up in Oregon, Ohio and love the city, but for the day of the ‘Big Game’ I am asking the city council to make a proclamation to change the name of the city for one day,” reads the petition, posted by Matt Squibb, an Oregon native. “Call it Buckeye Town, Ohio City, Brutusville, whatever, you get the point. Let’s not leave anything to chance here! Change the name and support the Buckeyes!”
The new name hasn’t been decided on as of Jan. 3.
The petition also suggests changing the school colors of the local Oregon Clay High School as their colors are green and gold, the same as the Ducks.
The petition was first posted the morning of Jan. 2 and has gained nearly 1,100 supporters by Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State takes on Oregon at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the title game.