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Your vote counts: Meet the 10 finalists in the running for ESPN’s inaugural Hall of Fans class

Imagine getting married in your favorite sports venue with your wedding party wearing team colors. Of course, your cake and even your invitations would include the team logo.

Or perhaps you just have a creative game costume or a special chant to cheer on your team?

Maybe you’ve built up a remarkable consecutive game attendance streak or developed a team-themed charity fundraiser.

Those are just some examples of the creative and compelling stories that emerged from the Hall of Fans submission process this summer. Over the past month, more than 1,500 remarkable fans shared their inspiring stories.

Today, the Hall of Fans has named 10 finalists for this unique honor. Each finalist will campaign for one of three spots in the inaugural class.

The three fans with the most votes on Aug. 31 will be inducted into this newly created institution in a special September ceremony on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus.

“We were so impressed with the quantity and quality of submissions in the first year of this competition,” said Carrie Brzezinski, senior director, co-marketing. “The finalists represent exactly what ESPN and StubHub hoped to capture and celebrate in our inaugural year — compelling stories about extraordinary fandom.”

The 10 finalists highlight a variety of sports including the NBA, NHL, NFL and several NCAA programs. From Los Angeles to Baltimore, Vancouver, B.C. to Birmingham, Ala., each finalist represents the kind of pure, passionate fandom that ESPN and StubHub hoped to elevate with the creation of the Hall of Fans.

The photo gallery includes images of each finalist, but you can learn more and vote by visiting

The Finalists include:
Bart: Buffalo Bills
Larry: Baltimore Ravens
Septer: Golden State Warriors
Shelby: Dallas Cowboys
Darrell: Los Angeles Clippers
Brent: Philadelphia Eagles
Justin: Indiana Hoosiers
Emily: Alabama Crimson Tide
Sully: Vancouver Canucks
Kenneth: Wisconsin Badgers

Read more about how the Hall of Fans came to be.

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