The mascots of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts have been voted into the Mascot Hall of Fame, the teams announced Wednesday night.
Boomer, the Pacers’ panther mascot, and Blue, the Colts’ horse mascot, join a select group of in the Mascot Hall of Fame, or MHOF, which is in Whiting, Indiana.
The hall, which has only 20 existing members, will induct Boomer and Blue during ceremonies in June 2020.
The pair will join Montreal Canadiens (and former Montreal Expos) mascot Youppi! and two other mascots in this year’s induction class.
Boomer and Blue were voted into the hall after two rounds of public voting that started in October. More than 120,000 votes from 58 countries and 41,000 zip codes were tallied.
Boomer became Pacers mascot in 1991. The current performer has worn the Boomer costume since 1997. He performs at every Pacers home game and makes more than 300 community appearances each year.
“Blue,” official Colts mascot since 2006, has twice been named NFL Mascot of the Year. Blue makes 300 appearances a year across Indiana, including at more than 125 free school shows.
To be eligible for the MHOF, a mascot must have been active for 10 years as a performing character in a major sports league, collegiate sports or as independently performing mascot.
One notable absence from the hall is the San Diego Chicken, who was actually inducted but has not given the MHOF approval to use his likeness.