TaylorMade

Safeco Field is now T-Mobile Park

Recommended Posts

6 hours ago, kimball said:

 

I am 100% with you on this …

 

ARCO Arena > PowerBalance Pavilion

Comiskey Park > Guaranteed Rate Field

Skydome > Rogers Centre

Ralph Wilson Stadium > New Era Field

 

Then there’s the Titans’ stadium — Adelphia Coliseum > LP Field > Nissan Stadium

 

Forgot about that one.  Add it to the list of corporate names that flow well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If only the Bell System stayed broken up instead of merging back into AT&T, Pacific Bell Park was one of the best corporate names out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/26/2018 at 2:37 AM, kimball said:

 

I am 100% with you on this …

 

ARCO Arena > PowerBalance Pavilion

Comiskey Park > Guaranteed Rate Field

Skydome > Rogers Centre

Ralph Wilson Stadium > New Era Field

 

Then there’s the Titans’ stadium — Adelphia Coliseum > LP Field > Nissan Stadium

 

This has to be one of the worst names ever.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/25/2018 at 11:37 PM, kimball said:

 

I am 100% with you on this …

 

ARCO Arena > PowerBalance Pavilion

Comiskey Park > Guaranteed Rate Field

Skydome > Rogers Centre

Ralph Wilson Stadium > New Era Field

 

Then there’s the Titans’ stadium — Adelphia Coliseum > LP Field > Nissan Stadium

 

Oh it's happened in San Diego for decades at the former home of the Rockets, Sails and Clippers. 

 

San Diego International Sports Center -> San Diego Sports Arena -> iPay One Center -> San Diego Sports Arena -> Valley View Casino Center -> Pechanga Arena San Diego...

 

San Jose too with their arena

 

San Jose Arena -> Compaq Center -> HP Pavilion -> SAP Center

 

WTF was wrong with Compaq Arena or SAP Arena? 

 

I get changing the corporate/honorary/city name as needed on any venue. Corporate sponsors change, people are honored, etc... but the qualifier need not be changed. For the above venue for example, Center, or Arena would have worked with any of the above city/corporate names and didn't need to be changed every time. Valley View Casino Arena would work just as well as the official name they went with and wouldn't have necessitated an unnecessary change. 

 

Take the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum... at least it never stopped being "the Coliseum". It went OACC, UMAX Coliseum briefly, back to OACC, Network Associates Coliseum, McAfee Coliseum, OACC again, Overstock.com Coliseum, O.co Coliseum, OACC again. No change in the qualifier through 8 name changes. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, rmc523 said:

This has to be one of the worst names ever.

 

I completely agree. For a professional big league team ... it's very Rookie Level.

 

16 minutes ago, bosrs1 said:

WTF was wrong with Compaq Arena or SAP Arena? 

 

I couldn't understand that as well, especially considering the fact that The Summit during the same time was the Compaq Center?!

 

On 12/26/2018 at 6:52 AM, ChicagoOakland said:

If only the Bell System stayed broken up instead of merging back into AT&T, Pacific Bell Park was one of the best corporate names out there.

 

Amen to that! Pac Bell Park just flows so much better. Plus, San Antonio's AT&T Center was SBC Center which at least flowed ... a tad better. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, kimball said:

 

I completely agree. For a professional big league team ... it's very Rookie Level.

 

 

I couldn't understand that as well, especially considering the fact that The Summit during the same time was the Compaq Center?!

 

 

Amen to that! Pac Bell Park just flows so much better. Plus, San Antonio's AT&T Center was SBC Center which at least flowed ... a tad better. 

 

What's even more fustrating, is when a venue has a common usage name, such as "the Sports Arena" for the venue in San Diego I mentioned earlier, yet the corporate name goes out of its way to use a different qualifier such as Center. Take the Shark Tank in San Jose. If not called "the Shark Tank" people still call it "the Arena" or "San Jose Arena" yet the haven't used that qualifier in decades now having used Center or Pavilion since then. At least the Giants stadium is still XXX Park, not Field or Ballpark or Stadium. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
50 minutes ago, bosrs1 said:

San Jose Arena -> Compaq Center -> HP Pavilion -> SAP Center

 

WTF was wrong with Compaq Arena or SAP Arena? 

 

I can answer this one -- naming rights synergy.

 

c05973880.png

 

Not saying I like it . . . but this one I get.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/20/2018 at 10:55 AM, FightingGoldenDevil said:

No one called the Metrodome Mall of America field

But it was always the Metrodome. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. MofA Field was just a deal the Vikings had with their turf. The building never sold its name. But, the NFL went along with the fake name because it's the name their member makes money from.

 

You'll never see a major professional venue have both a stadium and field corporate named. Because both want that to be the name the place is called.

 

As for unique stadium names, I'm surprised we don't have any more Grounds, Pavillions (though that was corporate tie-in), etc. And how now of the new domed stadiums are called Domes. Sure, they're retractable roofed stadiums, but the concept is still a baseball or football stadium with a roof is just always called a Dome. Opened or closed.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 minutes ago, leopard88 said:

 

I can answer this one -- naming rights synergy.

 

c05973880.png

 

Not saying I like it . . . but this one I get.

Some talk of either Starbucks or Seattle's Best getting the name for Safeco (just banter, not sure if ever was looked into), but "Seattle's Best Coffee Grounds" would be the most unique double-meaning name there is for a venue. Even more than HP Pavillion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Sykotyk said:

As for unique stadium names, I'm surprised we don't have any more Grounds, Pavillions (though that was corporate tie-in), etc.

 

"Union Station Grounds" would have been a cool name for the Astros' park.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, bosrs1 said:

 

What's even more fustrating, is when a venue has a common usage name, such as "the Sports Arena" for the venue in San Diego I mentioned earlier, yet the corporate name goes out of its way to use a different qualifier such as Center. Take the Shark Tank in San Jose. If not called "the Shark Tank" people still call it "the Arena" or "San Jose Arena" yet the haven't used that qualifier in decades now having used Center or Pavilion since then. At least the Giants stadium is still XXX Park, not Field or Ballpark or Stadium. 

 

I completely agree. As much as I hate the Mercedes-Benz Superdome name after nearly 40 years as the Louisiana Superdome ... at least they kept the name Superdome in the title. The Saints got it "right" there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, Sykotyk said:

As for unique stadium names, I'm surprised we don't have any more Grounds, Pavillions (though that was corporate tie-in), etc. And how now of the new domed stadiums are called Domes.

 

That is one reason why I love that the Pacers arena is a Fieldhouse. I hope they keep that in the title when the get their new sponsor next year.

 

But, what other unique names are out there? Grounds, Yards, Down, Pavilion, Gardens, Pitch ... what else?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ottawa's arena was called the Palladium early on, a name it should have kept the same way Calgary kept Saddledome through its various naming rights. 

 

I was thinking of how Oracle bought the naming rights to the Oakland Arena and the original plan was for it to be The Oracle. That would have been pretty cool. In a similar vein, I wonder if we could have seen a never-moved Minnesota North Stars play at The Polaris, sponsored by the snowmobile people but tying in nicely with the North Stars and avoiding another Arena or Center.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
27 minutes ago, the admiral said:

Ottawa's arena was called the Palladium early on, a name it should have kept the same way Calgary kept Saddledome through its various naming rights. 

 

I was thinking of how Oracle bought the naming rights to the Oakland Arena and the original plan was for it to be The Oracle. That would have been pretty cool. In a similar vein, I wonder if we could have seen a never-moved Minnesota North Stars play at The Polaris, sponsored by the snowmobile people but tying in nicely with the North Stars and avoiding another Arena or Center.

 

They should have kept the name, but unlike the Saddledome, the name wasn't around long enough to build up any equity for it to be kept around.  And, really, with the Saddledome roof being shaped like a saddle, could it really be called anything else, no matter the corporate name?

 

Another reason why it might be Arena and not Centre or whatever, could be there are multiple arenas with the same sponsor.  Rogers Centre, Rogers Place, Rogers Arena.  American Airlines Arena, American Airlines Center.  Scotiabank Arena in Toronto isn't Scotiabank Gardens because they didn't want people to think of the old Maple Leaf Gardens.  It's also not Centre because there's already an arena called that in Halifax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, kimball said:

 

But, what other unique names are out there? Grounds, Yards, Down, Pavilion, Gardens, Pitch ... what else?

Forum (FedExForum, Fiserv Forum, St Pete Times Forum, Great western Forum)  Place (Rogers Place, Bell MTS Place, BC Place)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah yes, I love good old "Hey we're all goin' over to" Rogers Place.

 

Quebec City's new arena was going to be "Amphithéâtre Vidéotron" but they ultimately went with the standard-issue "Centre Vidéotron." Personally, I wish they had used Colisée again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One small measure of success if that we've generally gotten away from "The ___ at ____." There's still Broncos Stadium at Mile High and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but much like subdivisions with stupid names like GreenPointe Old Towne Centre, we've generally moved on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, DG_Now said:

One small measure of success if that we've generally gotten away from "The ___ at ____." There's still Broncos Stadium at Mile High and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but much like subdivisions with stupid names like GreenPointe Old Towne Centre, we've generally moved on.

For a while, the Citrus Bowl was officially the “Florida Citrus Bowl at Tinker Field”. This means it was a stadium named after another stadium (that has a different sport played in it). Also, Walgreens sponsored the field for Orlando City games one year, and they made a huge point of labeling all of the poles at the corners of the stadium “Happy” and “Healthy”. That entire year, every time someone would get a corner the PA announcer would say “This corner kick is brought to you by Walgreens, at the corner of happy and healthy”. Even he sounded exasperated saying it by the 5th or 6th corner of the game. Now, it’s a running gag among fans, with many repeating the phrase every time someone gets a corner even today.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/20/2018 at 6:05 AM, BringBackTheVet said:

 

They should totally hire a strip club DJ to be the PA person.  

 

"NOW COMING TO THE MAIN PLATE, LET'S SEE THOSE DOLLAR BILLS IN THE AIR FOR DEE "DESTINY" GORDON" (then his walk up music, Pour Some Sugar On Me comes on.)

 

Reminds me of that old Tom Green skit where he was an insane PA guy at a minor league game and eventually got kicked out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now