Thundering Herd fans have made clear their choice on a new mascot costume: They want the new Marco to look a lot like, well, an old one.
Up to Aug. 10, fans and friends of the university have been voting on Facebook social media to determine whether Marco will keep his current design or be given a new or updated look. His current costume, after five years of extensive wear, travel, cleaning and repair, is worn out and needs to be replaced.
Marshall decided to let the fans determine which of three options they preferred. They overwhelmingly selected option No. 3, or the more complete makeover with a friendlier face and fur-covered legs. It is also referred to as the classic Marco because of its similarity to the previous Marco from the late 1980s and 1990s.
“It’s obvious from the number of votes and the interest in this contest that Marco means a lot to our fans,” said Matt Turner, chief of staff. “We want to thank the more than 3,000 people who voted online, as well as those who called us and emailed and shared the contest through social media. They’re saying loud and clear that ‘we want our old Marco back.’ ”
The winning Marco costume received 76 percent of the votes with 2,424 of the 3,187 votes cast. A partial makeover of the current Marco was second with 448 votes (14 percent) and the current Marco was third with 315 votes (10 percent).
The new Marco is expected to make his first public appearance Saturday, Oct. 5, during Marshall’s homecoming football game with UTSA. Game time at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is 2 p.m.