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Seahawks Stadium will now be known as Qwest Field (sports.espn.go.com).

Ugh. That name sucks.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com
    The move comes as Qwest is trying to find its niche in a competitive telecommunications market. Last month Qwest reported a $310 million loss in the company's first quarter, reflecting continuing financial and customer service problems over the company's 14-state service area.

    Qwest also has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department for questions about its accounting practices and deals with vendors. It was forced to restate earnings for 2000 and 2001, erasing $2.5 billion of revenue in the process.

    Asked about the company's financial troubles and whether it could afford the naming agreement, Kirk Nelson, Qwest's president for Washington state, said: "We're on the right track. We're in a highly competitive market and you need to do something like this to get the brand out there."


So, you've posted a 300 million dollar loss this year, and you've lost over 2 billion due to bad accounting. So naturally, you spend 80 million on naming rights to "get the brand out there". Sheesh.

More importantly, how many professional sports stadiums remain WITHOUT some sort of corporate name? Turner Field? Lambeau Field?



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Olympic Stadium
Not sure if Skydome would count
Dodger Stadium
Yankee Stadium

Correct me if I'm incorrect, but would Turner Stadium count as being named after Turner himself or the company (same for Wrigley Field.)



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Didn't Cleveland make a big deal about the new Browns stadium being named "Cleveland Browns Stadium"? Haven't checked in on the Browns in years, so I may be wrong.

You've also got:
Kaufmann Stadium (Royals)
Paul Brown Stadium (Bengals)
Fenway Park (or is that debateable, like "Wrigley"?)
Shea Stadium (?)

Often, the teams will go the cheesy route of changing the STADIUM name, but keeping the FIELD name. Just a way to pacify the fans. Example: Jack Murphy Field is inside Qualcomm Stadium. Think Jack Kent Cooke Field is still part of the Redskins' stadium. Yeah, yeah...I know it's weak.

You know it's gotten out of hand when even Spring Training/minor league "stadiums" are given corporate names. Examples: BlueJay's Knology Park, Devil Rays' Progress Energy Park and the Phillies' new Bright House Networks Field.




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    Originally posted by estragand
    Didn't Cleveland make a big deal about the new Browns stadium being named "Cleveland Browns Stadium"? Haven't checked in on the Browns in years, so I may be wrong.

    You've also got:
    Kaufmann Stadium (Royals)
    Paul Brown Stadium (Bengals)
    Fenway Park (or is that debateable, like "Wrigley"?)
    Shea Stadium (?)

    Often, the teams will go the cheesy route of changing the STADIUM name, but keeping the FIELD name. Just a way to pacify the fans. Example: Jack Murphy Field is inside Qualcomm Stadium. Think Jack Kent Cooke Field is still part of the Redskins' stadium. Yeah, yeah...I know it's weak.

    You know it's gotten out of hand when even Spring Training/minor league "stadiums" are given corporate names. Examples: BlueJay's Knology Park, Devil Rays' Progress Energy Park and the Phillies' new Bright House Networks Field.






Fenway Park is named after the Fenway area of Boston in which it resides.
I think Madison Square Garden would go on this as well, as they named the network after the building, not vice-versa.
The Meadowlands, Superdome and Texas Stadium also come to mind.

(edited by redsoxnation on 2.6.04 2034)


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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    Correct me if I'm incorrect, but would Turner Stadium count as being named after Turner himself or the company (same for Wrigley Field.)


This is from my hazy memory, as I lived in Atlanta at the time. The park is named after Ted Turner. Since it was the site of the Olympic Stadium, and thus, largely paid for with Olympic money, the team didn't feel the need to auction off the naming rights.

Naturally, there came a furor from certain corners of town upset at the fact that the park was being named after Ted Turner, instead of Hank Aaron. There was even a wild suggestion to name the park "Hank Aaron Park at Turner Field", but was shot down. I think they wound up renaming the street in front of the stadium after Aaron. (Hank Aaron Boulevard).



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    Originally posted by estragand
    Didn't Cleveland make a big deal about the new Browns stadium being named "Cleveland Browns Stadium"? Haven't checked in on the Browns in years, so I may be wrong.


It's still called Cleveland Browns Stadium. What they did was sell naming rights to different gates. Each of the four gates has a corporate sponsor.
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Busch Stadium was named that BEFORE the beer was introduced.
(however, story goes, they wanted to name it BUDWIESER STADIUM, but MLB said no. So, they named it Busch, after teh owners, and miraculously a few years later, BUSCH BEER is introduced.)

DO the Texas Randers still play in "the ballpark at Arlington"?

Is Camden Yards named after something? Or is it the district it is in?





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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    DO the Texas Randers still play in "the ballpark at Arlington"?


It was changed, within the last month, to Ameriquest Field at Arlington





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    Originally posted by StaggerLee

    Is Camden Yards named after something? Or is it the district it is in?




The 'district' it's in is The City of Baltimore.

It's named for the site it is on, the old Camden Yards Train station on Camden Street.

Go here http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/ NASApp/mlb/bal/ballpark/ bal_ballpark_history.jsp for more info

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Yeah, we tend not to have "districts" in Baltimore. The OPCY name was created because half the city wanted Oriole Park, the other half Camden Yards. So we got both. Most people call it Camden Yards now.

Incidentally, this still beat out Babe Ruth Stadium and William Donald Scahefer Stadiium...

    Originally posted by Battlezone
    More importantly, how many professional sports stadiums remain WITHOUT some sort of corporate name?
This includes the Busch's and Wrigley's of the world.

[B]Baseball: Fenway Park, Camden Yards, Yankee Stadium, Skydome, Jacobs Field, Metrodome, Kaufmann Stadium, Angels Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Turner Field, Shea Stadium, Olympic Stadium/Hiram Bithorn Stadium

FootballGiants Stadium, Texas Stadium, The Georgia Dome, The Superdome, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, Metrodome(again), Sun Devil Stadium, San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, Arrowhead Stadium, The Coliseum(Nashville), Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium

Basketball: Madison Square Garden, Gund Arena, The Palace at Auburn Hills, Bradley Center, The Pyramid, New Orleans Arena, The Arena in Oakland, The Rose Garden

HockeyMadison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Joe Louis Arena, Glendale Arena(Coyotes)

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    Originally posted by Crimedog
      Originally posted by estragand
      Didn't Cleveland make a big deal about the new Browns stadium being named "Cleveland Browns Stadium"? Haven't checked in on the Browns in years, so I may be wrong.


    It's still called Cleveland Browns Stadium. What they did was sell naming rights to different gates. Each of the four gates has a corporate sponsor.


They did the same gimmick with Lambeau Field's 5 main gates: Miller Brewing (gets you into the new atrium, too), Verizon Wireless, Associated Bank, the Oneida Indian nation, and Mills Fleet Farm (the MAN'S MALL!)

The folks around here actually did vote to sell the naming rights to Lambeau Field a couple of years ago, but a deal never got done with anybody. Good...if that name ever actually did change, we'd have a riot on our hands.



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    Originally posted by Grimis


    FootballGiants Stadium, Texas Stadium, The Georgia Dome, The Superdome, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, Metrodome(again), Sun Devil Stadium, San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, Arrowhead Stadium, The Coliseum(Nashville), Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium



Wait. What happened to Triple H stadium? What's the new name?




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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Grimis


      FootballGiants Stadium, Texas Stadium, The Georgia Dome, The Superdome, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, Metrodome(again), Sun Devil Stadium, San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, Arrowhead Stadium, The Coliseum(Nashville), Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium



    Wait. What happened to Triple H stadium? What's the new name?

It's still the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome. It's not a corporate sponsorship, though, so it makes the list.

The Bradley Center is debatable. There is a tie-in to the Allen Bradley Corporation.



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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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About Soldier Field: Can you count the fact that the team sold their OWN naming rights? I forget who it was (I'm inclined to say Bank One), but it's "Bears Football brought to you by ___", right?



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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    About Soldier Field: Can you count the fact that the team sold their OWN naming rights? I forget who it was (I'm inclined to say Bank One), but it's "Bears Football brought to you by ___", right?


Ding ding ding - Bank One it is.

But it's the Bears, what do you expect???



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