HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thundering Herd fans have made it clear, their choice on a new mascot costume is the one that looks like an old one.
Over the past two weeks, fans voted whether Marco would 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.
More than 3,000 people voted, and 76-percent said they wanted the Marco from the late 1980’s and 1990’s that had the friendlier face and fur-covered legs.
A partial makeover of the current Marco was second with 14-percent of the vote. The current Marco was third with 10-percent.
“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 new Marco is expected to make his debut Oct. 5 during Marshall's homecoming football game with UTSA.
The new and improved mascot was unveiled just before Saturday's game at Joan C. Edwards stadium.
If you look carefully, you might notice the biggest changes TO Marco are in his face.
He is also much more muscular.
The new design was created in Hurricane at Dale Morton Studios.
Fans seemed to welcome the Marco's new macho look.
One fan said, "I think he's really cool!"
The Marshall University Alumni Association and the Athletic Department were behind this project.