Published: Monday, 1/5/2015 – Updated: 2 hours ago


It’s hunting season in Oregon, Ohio.

In an official proclamation, Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian has amended the name of the city in support of Ohio State when the team faces the University of Oregon in the national championship game Jan. 12. 

The city of Oregon will hence be known as “Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters.” That is, for the next week. 

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Read the official proclamation right here.

It’s a play on the city’s motto: “Oregon on the Bay, City of Oppportunity.”

The proclamation comes after an online petition circulated Friday pushing for the city to change its name for the day. Behind the campaign are two Oregon natives, Matt Squibb and Mark Rabbitt, who said they wanted no confusion about who to root for on game day. The petition has garnered more than 2,000 signatures as of this afternoon.

City officials refrained from ditching “Oregon” all together, citing pride in the city’s heritage, which dates back to the fur trade and the former Oregon Territory, not the football team. 

The proclamation also declares this week “The Ohio State Buckeye Week” in the city.

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