Opening Day festivities scheduled for Tuesday Apr. 9
With Opening Day on the horizon, the Round Rock Express are set to embark on a new era in the club’s storied history. The 2019 season brings about a new affiliation, new branding and a renewed commitment to the Round Rock community. In conjunction with the team’s historic 20th anniversary season, the Express announced last September that the club is reaffiliating to become the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, reuniting with their parent club from 2000-2010.
The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, Houston businessman Don Sanders, and his sons Bret and Brad. Reid Ryan worked with former Round Rock Mayor Charlie Culpepper to build community support for the team, while simultaneously setting the wheels in motion to build Dell Diamond prior to the team’s inaugural season.
In the past 20 years, Dell Diamond has become a staple in the Round Rock community. The Round Rock Express strive to embody all that Nolan Ryan stood for during his prolific 27-year playing career. The team’s mission to provide affordable, family-friendly and fun entertainment is symbolic of not only the Ryan family’s values but that of the City of Round Rock.
To celebrate the team’s 20th anniversary, the Express unveiled new logos, a new color scheme and a new set of uniforms that embodies the heart and soul of the Round Rock community. The team’s primary E-Train logo has been enhanced to more authentically represent the historic trains that came through Round Rock along the Chisholm Trail. The center of the E-Train is also a tribute to the iconic “Lone Star” that Texas is proudly known for. Fans will also enjoy a new “double-R” mark as well, a cattle brand nod to the Ryan family’s love of ranching. The double-R is the focal point of a new custom Express team font that fans can expect to see in 2019.
The new look kicks off the Express’ 20th anniversary season, featuring a 20-year logo showcasing the iconic round rock that the city is named for perched in front of an Astros’ rainbow-inspired sky commemorating the dawn of a new affiliation.
The team has returned to its original navy and a new shade of deep red along with silver. The redesigned home white uniforms feature navy trim and showcase the team’s “Express” lettering across the chest and a 20th season sleeve patch. The new navy home cap features the reimagined E-Train. On the road, the club will don traditional gray uniforms with “Round Rock” displayed across the chest and navy caps featuring the new double-R logo. Two alternate looks include a navy two-button henley and a white pinstripe uniform.
The Express open the home portion of their historic 20th anniversary season on Tuesday, April 9 for a five-game series against the Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers affiliate) at Dell Diamond.