The Casper Ghosts, the Rookie-level affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have been purchased by an investment group led by the Rockies' owners, Dick and Charlie Monfort. The Ghosts are located in Casper, Wyo., and were previously known as the Casper Rockies before the name change at the conclusion of the 2007 season. The team originally began play in 1978 as the Butte Copper Kings.
The team has been in Casper since 2001 and plays at Mike Lansing Field. Lansing is a native of Wyoming, hailing from Rawlins, and he also played two and a half seasons for the Rockies back in the late '90s to 2000.
The Ghosts open their 2011 season on the road June 20 against the Orem Owlz. They will return home on June 28 to host the Idaho Falls Chukars. Several Rockies first-year Latin American players will make their state-side debuts in Casper, along with players the team selects in the June draft.
Over at Purple Row, Rox Girl finds this move to be another in a line of decision to help the long-term future of the franchise and to build the Rockies brand.