Original Phillie Phanatic helps lacrosse team create new winged mascot

Dan Wing
November 09, 2018 - 1:37 pm
The Philadelphia Wings mascot Wingston is shown with mascot from other Philly professional and college teams.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team introduced the city's newest pro-sports mascot Friday morning at pep rally on the rooftop lacrosse field at Friends Select in Center City. 

With about 300 students and staff members cheering him on, Wingston made his first public appearance. Wings Vice President of Business Operations Lindsey Masciangelo says the dragon-like hybrid will be hard to miss at home games this season.

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Standing nearly 7 feet tall, Wingston has golden fur covering his body, a shock of red hair, and a pair of wings for ears.

Masciangelo said the team got a little help from the original Phillie Phanatic when creating the team's new mascot.

"We worked with an outside consultant, David Raymond, who actually helped with the Phanatic and Gritty. So he's an expert in the area. And we sat down and we went through a long process to figure out who our right character would be, and Wingston came to fruition," Masciangelo said.

Wingston is the third mascot introduced to the city this year. The Union's Phang and the Flyers' Gritty both made their debuts in September. 

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The new mascot will wear jersey No. 215 and will have his lacrosse stick on hand at all times in case anybody wants to have a catch or rip some shots on net. 

Wingston will see his first game day action on Dec. 15, when the Wings host the Buffalo Bandits at the Wells Fargo Center.