St. Louis Cardinals fans in the state of Illinois are being given a new opportunity to express their team pride in a unique way.
In a press release Thursday, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the state will unveil new St. Louis Cardinals-branded license plates for vehicles. White unveiled the new plates, which feature the team’s iconic “Birds on Bat” logo, in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
“As someone born in Alton, I am proud of the legacy the St. Louis Cardinals have built in the Metro East and throughout Illinois,” White said. “This is an exciting opportunity for fans to express pride for their team, while supporting public education in Illinois. It is my pleasure to have the St. Louis Cardinals take part in this meaningful program.”
Each license plate sold will contribute $25 for the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund. Buying a randomly-numbered plate for a currently titled vehicle with valid Illinois registration will cost motorists $69.
Chicago’s Big Four sports teams, the Cubs, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bears, all already have Illinois license plates, raising more than $10 million for public schools in the state.
Fans can pre-order the plates after the Labor Day holiday on the state of Illinois’ website.