You bought the stadiums, and now you subsidized the naming rights

posted at 1:15 pm on November 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

AIG and Citi will get billions in taxpayer money in order to keep from failing, but they’ll still pay millions of dollars to keep their names on sports stadiums.  Brian Ross reports that taxpayer subsidies for professional sports have reached new highs:

AIG, Citibank and a number of other federally bailed-out financial institutions have no plans to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars in sports team sponsorships, even as they take billions in taxpayer support, ABC News has found.

In boom times, the sponsorships were seen as a way to advertise the firms’ “brands” and appeal to potential customers. Even today, at least one bank told ABC News that a naming deal was increasing its revenue. But critics, including a member of Congress, say the decision to continue them now is hard to defend.

Struggling Citibank just sealed a multi-billion-dollar emergency “backstop” deal with the U.S. government. The financial behemoth, suffering with billions in bad mortgage-related assets on its books, recently shed 53,000 workers and saw its stock price lose over half its value. Yet it’s in a 20-year contract to pay the New York Mets $400 million to name the team’s new stadium “Citi Field.”

King Banaian has a more comprehensive list of banks with naming rights:

  • Ameriquest Capital (Texas Rangers, $2.5 million a year through 2034)
  • Bank of America (Carolina Panthers, NFL, $7 million a year through 2024)
  • Bank One Ballpark (Arizona Diamondbancks, MLB, $2.2 million through 2028)
  • Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies, MLB, $2.3 million, 2028)
  • Comerica (Detroit Tigers, MLB, $2.2 million, 2030)
  • Conseco Fieldhouse (Indiana Pacers, NBA, $2 million, 2019)
  • Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis Rams, NFL, $2.65 million, 2013)
  • Wachovia Center (Phila. Flyers/Sixers, NHL/NBA, $1.4 million, 2023)
  • Fleetcenter (Boston Celtics/Bruins NBA/NHL, $2 million, 2010)
  • Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds, $2.5 million, 2033)
  • HSBC Arena (Buffalo Sabres, NHL, $800k, 2026)
  • Invesco Field (Denver Broncos, NFL, $6 million, 2021)
  • KeyArena (now vacant in Seattle, $1 million, 2010)
  • Lincoln Financial Field (Phila. Eagles, NFL, $6.7 million, 2022)
  • M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens, NFL, $5 million, 2018)
  • Mellon Arena (Pitssburgh Penguins, NHL, $1.8 million, 2009)
  • Nationwide Arena (Columbus BlueJackets, NHL, unknown)
  • PNC Park (Pitts. Pirates, $2 million, 2020)
  • Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL, $3.1 million, 2026)
  • RBC Center (Carolina Hurricanes, NHL, $4 million, 2022)
  • TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando Magic, NBA, $1.6 million, 2003)

Taxpayers will wind up getting the shaft twice in most of these cases, if not all of them.  Most stadiums get built with substantial public subsidies, despite record salaries and revenues for the teams and athletes involved.  Unlike the bailout, the taxpayers get no equity stake in the teams — usually only receiving a vague promise from the teams not to leave town for a few years, or at least until they get the taste for more public financing for upgrades to the facilities.

When these got built, the naming rights were a mechanism to offset some public financing through commercial sponsorship.  Now with taxpayers rescuing banks left and right, we’re now picking up the tab for expensive sponsorships.  Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense says they should replace the bank names with “US Treasury,” and then adds in a more serious vein:

“Up until now they were businesses who could invest or waste their money as they see fit,” said Taxpayers for Common Sense’s Ellis. “But now we’re the shareholders. And frittering their money away with naming rights and ties to sports teams isn’t a really good investment of taxpayers’ money — particularly when credit markets are collapsed.”

Any organization that plans on spending millions of dollars on sponsorships of stadiums should not get taxpayer money for rescues.  Once again, we see that the taxpayer-funded bailouts subsidize poor management decisions, and in this case amounts to subsidizing subsidies.

Update: Flip has a much better design for the new Mets stadium.


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So, do we pick taxpayers at random from 1040s, and use those names now?

Vashta.Nerada on November 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Let’s rename it “The People’s Stadium”, courtesy of your communist/socialist govt.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Calling it Citi Field is better than calling it the Barney Frank Bowl.

Cicero43 on November 24, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Fleetcenter (Boston Celtics/Bruins NBA/NHL, $2 million, 2010)

The “Fleecing Center” is now the TD Banknorth Garden.

crazy_legs on November 24, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I want a big American flag right on the front of the jersey of the British soccer team that we own.

BadgerHawk on November 24, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Hey, we have a brand new Twins stadium which was partially paid by raising the Minneapolis sales tax. I hope they name it, “Local Business Memorial Stadium” because the city is a freakin’ dump but at least there is a new ball park.

Bishop on November 24, 2008 at 1:22 PM

$400 Million? That can’t be right.

SoulGlo on November 24, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Bread and circuses – sounds familiar.

Vashta.Nerada on November 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Calling it Citi Field is better than calling it the Barney Frank Bowl.

Cicero43 on November 24, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Add an e before the l in Bowl to get the maximum EWWW factor and you understand why Citi Field is infinitely better.

Marine_Bio on November 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

You forgot the Scotttrade Center in St. Louis

flyoverland on November 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Wow, Ed. You are giving me all kinds of ideas…

Bushmaster Field
Winchester Sports Center
Remington Park
Right to Life Arena
God Bless America Ballpark

I’ll go back to getting ready for work now.

Limerick on November 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

These are contracts, are they not? Breaking them should be the business of a bankruptcy court, not Congress. That said, a company that is in long-term trouble should probably be looking for someone who can step into their contract, with the approval of the team. On the other hand, if the company will recover within four or five years, the loss they would take as a result would probably cost more.

njcommuter on November 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

AIG Sewage Treatment Facility
Citibank Dung Distillery
GM Meth Labs
Ford Bunny and Booty Ranch

The Race Card on November 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Let’s rename it “The People’s Stadium”, courtesy of your communist/socialist govt.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

What’s scary is that it would be a better idea than having companies on the govt. dole continuing to buy naming rights with our taxpayer dollars.

thirteen28 on November 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Cutting advertising is NOT how to make more money.

When business is bad, you advertise.
When business is good, you cut back.

That is of course, you want to end up giving these leeches more money.

RightWired on November 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Fleet Bank got bought out, and the Fleet Center of the Boston Celtics is now TD Banknorth Garden.

So add that to your list of banks sponsoring sports.

Or maybe you’re just not a Celtics fan…

Fighting Irish much, Ed?

BKennedy on November 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

I hope they get rid of the naming rights. Corporate naming rights is downright stupid. I believe in capitalism but having to plaster your name over everything is a bit ridiculous.

Calling it Citi Field is better than calling it the Barney Frank Bowl.

Barney Frank Bowl would be better than Dodd-ger Stadium.

Lay-Z on November 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Just name them all, I’m actually a Democrat in Republican Clothing “Henry Paulson Fields of Broken Dreams” Stadiums.

Kevin in Washington State on November 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I wouldn’t mind renaming the Garden to Mitt Romney Stadium >_>. That’d annoy a lot of liberals.

BKennedy on November 24, 2008 at 1:36 PM

BadgerHawk

Only if the Chinese can hang their flag outside Wal-Mart.

Grow Fins on November 24, 2008 at 1:36 PM

It takes a lot of money to keep multi-million dollar Wall St. lawyers properly kept.

drjohn on November 24, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Only if the Chinese can hang their flag outside Wal-Mart.

Grow Fins on November 24, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Wal-Mart’s an American headquartered company. Does the Chinese govt even own 50+1% of it? If not, your point is moot.

BadgerHawk on November 24, 2008 at 1:39 PM

HTo honor Barney Frank, how about “BOHICA Field House”?

carl todd hand on November 24, 2008 at 1:41 PM

I have to give credit to the citizens of L.A. They resisted buying a stadium for a NFL football team. A market that size without a team…the reason? They want the owners (who make the money) to buy the stadium.
Want to see a boondoggle, just look at San Diego (Qualcomm) stadium, they used to give away thousand of tickets just so the stadium looked like it was being used.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Calling it Citi Field is better than calling it the Barney Frank Bowl.

Cicero43 on November 24, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I’ve got a couple of Barney Frank Bowls. They’re in the little rooms.

hillbillyjim on November 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Nah…. just rename em all after the Big O…

After all… he’s FDR and Lincoln all rolled up in a hopey changey package!

Obama’s Hope ya Win Arena!
Obama’s Change the Score Feild!

And can’t leave out Michelle O… have to build a new stadium for her… somthing with extra wide seats?

Romeo13 on November 24, 2008 at 1:44 PM

I really hate seeing these places get corporate names. We used to have Candlestick park, Texas Stadium, Veterans Stadium, places that were legendary.

Now, some of places are gone (at taxpayer expense), now get named after a corporation that handed over money.

I would really love to see a sports commentator keep calling it “Candlestick Park”, but I am sure there is something contractual where that person would get burned at the stake for even mentioning it.

firepilot on November 24, 2008 at 1:44 PM

The “Sock-it-to-America” Field is one that could be used….

DL13 on November 24, 2008 at 1:45 PM

because the city is a freakin’ dump but at least there is a new ball park.

Bishop on November 24, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I agree. Minneaplois IS a dump. It’s ugly looking, trashy, and hard to get around in. And every time I’ve been through there, I’m scared for my life.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:46 PM

firepilot on November 24, 2008 at 1:44 PM

We still have Lambeau Field. If you’ve never been to a game there I highly recommend it. An experience like none other, especially if you go in December.

BadgerHawk on November 24, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I agree. Minneaplois IS a dump. It’s ugly looking, trashy, and hard to get around in. And every time I’ve been through there, I’m scared for my life.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Minneapolis is home to a fair few holy warriors. Its a good thing they’re arbitrarily fighting the jihad over there (Somalia) rather than over here (Minneapolis and St. Paul).

aengus on November 24, 2008 at 1:49 PM

This stuff can be done right-the Kraft family, who own the New England Patriots, built a new stadium with basically no public funding-sure, there was some assistance for approach road infrastructure and the like, but other than that they did it alone.

Of course, they then sold the name to a local razor company.

Del Dolemonte on November 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Let’s rename it “The People’s Stadium”, courtesy of your communist/socialist govt.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

We lost our naming deal here in Jacksonville, we reverted to “Jacksonville Municipal Statium” from “Alltel stadium”
Us and Lambeu are the only non corporate stadiums in the NFL.

I like it, I think we should name it after a City Father or Andrew Jackson, ETC.

Look what happened to poor Joe Robbie in Miami, he pratically built that stadium, the least they could do was keep his name on it.

Squid Shark on November 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Citi whorehouse
Fannie Mae house of Ill repute aka barneyfield
GM “union” station
AIG federal prison

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 24, 2008 at 1:56 PM

But critics, including a member of Congress, say the decision to continue them now is hard to defend.

Hard to defend? How about indefensible??? Naming rights are for profitable companies, not those being propped up by federal bailouts. One glaring omission on your list- Ford Field.

highhopes on November 24, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Hmm.. Citi field could be renamed “Bail out Ball Park”
Or “your name goes here”

oldernwiser on November 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I love that of all the stadiums or arenas, HSBC forked over less than $1 million for the Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena. Which means either HSBC got one hell of a deal, or the Sabres Golisano didn’t require much additional funding.

Sadly, the old Aud is being torn down now. :(

DakRoland on November 24, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Anyone that supports taxpayer funded stadiums for billionaire owners is a chump! Then these pricks turn around and sell seats to the same taxpayers at super massive prices which will make them super massive rich while the taxpayer is left holding the bill for the stadium! And if you don’t pony up the prick owner threatens to leave town! I say…fine…leave! I’m from Minneapolis and I’m tired of the Vikings act!

sabbott on November 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Here’s an idea. Howzbout we name the stadiums after Great Sports Legends, or National Hero’s, or Notable Figures from Local and National History, or Hey…How about the Teams themselves? Crap! I’m a friggin’ genius!

ronsfi on November 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Barney Frank’s House of Ill Repute…

sabbott on November 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Minneapolis is home to a fair few holy warriors. Its a good thing they’re arbitrarily fighting the jihad over there (Somalia) rather than over here (Minneapolis and St. Paul).

aengus on November 24, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Another reason I want to stay away. Also another reason to book a flight outta Bismarck with no connections routed through Minneapolis.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM

We lost our naming deal here in Jacksonville, we reverted to “Jacksonville Municipal Statium” from “Alltel stadium”

Us and Lambeu are the only non corporate stadiums in the NFL.

Squid Shark on November 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

By non-corporate, do you also mean the name of the team? Because there is a stadium that the Defending Super Bowl Champions play in called Giants Stadium. Although, it will be replaced next year by a new PSL licensed stadium with some sort of corporate name I’m sure.

kcluva on November 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM

We lost our naming deal here in Jacksonville, we reverted to “Jacksonville Municipal Statium” from “Alltel stadium”

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium- It must have taken a lot of effort to come up with that one!

Seriously, stadia help define a community. I’d rather they be named after something or someone connected to the community rather than large corporations. Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards or the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, for example.

If federal money is involved, then naming rights need to go the way of private jets, executive retreats, and all the other perqs that come with profitability. I just hope that the alternative to a named stadium is a little more creative than what you’ve got over there in Jacksonville.

highhopes on November 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

I agree but most of the banks receiving aid were rolling in cash when these sponsorship deals were signed. Keep in mind most of the banks in trouble now were doing rather well just a few months ago. Those sponsorship deals are cast iron and the money is often paid up front.

Fine to bring it to our attention but what do you suggest they do? I’m sure they would love to get their money back now too.

lexhamfox on November 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

The Temple Pillar Stadium of Perpetual Hope
and NeverEnding Change!

‘O’ Stadium!

The Pelosi Financial Panic Stadium!

Presidential Waffles Stadium!

Yes we can Stadium!

Rev.Wright G-d Dam- America Stadium!

Acorn Stadium!

The DNC Screwed over America Stadium!

It Took 14 700 Billion Dollar Bailouts Stadium!
(Snark!)Haha.

canopfor on November 24, 2008 at 2:08 PM

8 TRILLION taxpayer dollars makes any contract null and void. Or at least it should.

Limerick on November 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Here’s an idea. Howzbout we name the stadiums after Great Sports Legends, or National Hero’s, or Notable Figures from Local and National History, or Hey…How about the Teams themselves? Crap! I’m a friggin’ genius!

ronsfi on November 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM

They all can’t be named Obama Stadium…

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 24, 2008 at 1:56 PM

How about corporations fighting to get the naming rights to public schools, hospitals, or even bridges and overpasses? It’s a far sounder solution than Obama’s reprise of the CCC and is a far better return on investment than naming a stadium after a company in the off chance the logo gets picked up by the Goodyear Blimp on game day!

highhopes on November 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

HTo honor Barney Frank, how about “BOHICA Field House”?

carl todd hand on November 24, 2008 at 1:41 PM

You enter through the “Exit” signs?

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Of course, they then sold the name to a local razor company.

At first CMGI.com bought the naming rights, but Kraft let them out of it when they… WENT BANKRUPT (I’m still waiting for the tech bailout for the teck bubble bursting back in 2000), then they re-sold the rights to Gilette.

crazy_legs on November 24, 2008 at 2:16 PM

These are contracts, are they not? Breaking them should be the business of a bankruptcy court, not Congress. That said, a company that is in long-term trouble should probably be looking for someone who can step into their contract, with the approval of the team. On the other hand, if the company will recover within four or five years, the loss they would take as a result would probably cost more.

njcommuter on November 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

There are ways…try this…you can have the money if you agree back out of the contract…and cities if you don’t agree, federal funding to your city will be cut treble to the amount owed by the team.
I think the contract would be null and void in about 30 seconds.
Whomever said “To tax is to control” was a genius. (oh, it was me)

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 2:16 PM

So how exactly would a company know if having their name on a stadium has made them any profit?

SoulGlo on November 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM

I suggest an electronic sign on all of these. Every day a different taxpayer’s name gets put up on it.

rbj on November 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Stadiums are one of the few things my taxpayer dollars are wasted on that I actually use and enjoy, so why should I be upset with this?

Besides, they’re a drop in the bucket compared to our crappy, wildly overfunded public schools, the Medicare fraud boondoggle, the Social Security Ponzi scheme and any money that goes to pay corrupt and incompetent Democrat politicians.

NoDonkey on November 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Us and Lambeu are the only non corporate stadiums in the NFL.

Arrowhead makes that list too.

Gianni on November 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

As a die-hard Mets fan, I still firmly believe they should have just named the new stadium “Jackie Robinson Field” and be done with it. There was a lot of talk here in NYC about perhaps having another “Enron Field” disaster.

And lo…

Although Citibank has stated that they will “honor our commitment to the NY Mets…”, it seems rather dubious that they would have a hand out for Federal bailout money, while enjoying the prestige of stadium naming rights.

Economy or not, it’s time to let the free market set the agenda for our…free market. Citi screwed up, like a lot of finacial institutions did, and the Democrats pushed them to do it.

Let ‘em fail. There’s still plenty of successful banks out there.

JetBoy on November 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

They all can’t be named Obama Stadium…

Shhhh. Don’t give the liberals ideas. If it were up to them, there will be an Obamadome built in every major city with “The One’s” face plastered on the roof like a false god looking down on all of us.

mikepatr on November 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

How about naming it “ Entitlements and Corporate Welfare Stadium” ?

DeweyWins on November 24, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Acorn Stadium!

canopfor on November 24, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I agree. Hell, let’s name’m all Acorn Stadium, ’cause we’re nuts to put up with this shi’ite.

hillbillyjim on November 24, 2008 at 2:44 PM

HTo honor Barney Frank, how about “BOHICA Field House”?

carl todd hand on November 24, 2008 at 1:41 PM

You enter through the “Exit” signs?

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Sexual Preferenciiiiist!

P.S. That’s some kind of funny.

hillbillyjim on November 24, 2008 at 2:47 PM

As a diehard Yankee fan…I can only say BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, followed by a stirring rendition of the Nelson Muntz “Haaaa-Ha!”. As a taxpayer, I am disgusted at the thought of forcibly sibsuduzing the Wilpon family and their crappy on-field product…this is the kopi luwak’ed cherry on top of the turd sundae that is this Paulson bailout scheme.

Besides, JetBoy is right. Yank the Citi sign, and call it Jackie Robinson Field.

Kid from Brooklyn on November 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM

I suggest an electronic sign on all of these. Every day a different taxpayer’s name gets put up on it.

rbj on November 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM

I like that idea.

BadgerHawk on November 24, 2008 at 2:52 PM

As a die-hard Mets fan, I still firmly believe they should have just named the new stadium “Jackie Robinson Field” and be done with it. There was a lot of talk here in NYC about perhaps having another “Enron Field” disaster.

Jackie Robinson never played for the Mets. It amazes me that Gil Hodges Stadium is not being considered.

PC revisionism trumps logic I guess.

BTW Jetboy – as a die hard Mets fan you have suffered greatly. My condolences.

DeweyWins on November 24, 2008 at 2:55 PM

They all can’t be named Obama Stadium…

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Yes! On the planet Google!

ronsfi on November 24, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Hey, and don’t forget Manchester United over in the UK. AIG sponsor them to the tune of many a million dollars, i’m sure…

madne0 on November 24, 2008 at 3:51 PM

I remember the Core States Center becoming the First Union Center, and then the Wachovia Center. First Union bought Core States and later Wachovia, and decided to use the Wachovia name. Since Wells Fargo has recently bought Wachovia, thus allowing it to avoid any federal bailout, perhaps Philadelphia will soon see the Wells Fargo Center.

Bigfoot on November 24, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Nah…. just rename em all after the Big O…

My thinking exactly! You could have Miami’s Obama Worship Center, New York’s Obama Worship Center, Seattle’s Obama Worship Center, etc. Then we could combine worship with sports. Two birds with one stone.

oldleprechaun on November 24, 2008 at 4:30 PM

There was a study done last year i think
where they compared the performance of teams and entire coutries to just 2 things
1. If they had a sports stadium named after them
2. If they had a huge tower as a symbol of pride.

in both cases over half who had a stadium named after them
went bankrupt within 3 years.

Similar resuls for the countries with ever increasing taller than yours towers. In each case the countries that had these or were planning these their entire economies suffered greatly.

I know one thing.
If i see any company with a sports stadium named after them
I will not invest in it for i know there is over a 50% chance they will go under..

jcila on November 24, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Name them after the highlights of our senators…
Bankrupt stadium
Bailout Stadium
Boy Toy (for Barney) Stadium
Earmark Stadium
Lobbyist Stadium
Intern Stadium
I am sure there are more…

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 4:55 PM

As a die-hard Mets fan, I still firmly believe they should have just named the new stadium “Jackie Robinson Field” and be done with it. …

Well, I’m only a casual Mets fan, but I’d rather name it for Gil Hodges. If they hadn’t named the Interborough Parkway after Jackie, I’d suggest naming Northern Boulevard after him. Maybe it would still work. Or name the station on the #7 line after him.

But Gil was a Met, and he deserves the stadium name.

(Yes, I know they named the Marine Parkway Bridge after Hodges, but most people still call it by its old name. It will be interesting to see what happens to the Triborough Bridge now that it’s been renamed.)

njcommuter on November 24, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Us and Lambeu are the only non corporate stadiums in the NFL.
Arrowhead makes that list too.

Gianni on November 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

As does the Louisiana Superdome.

Del Dolemonte on November 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Where are my bailed out season tickets?

freebird on November 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM

The only non-corporate baseball stadiums I know of are of course Yankee Stadium and Fenway. Let me say if Yankee Stadium does go corporate I AM THROUGH WITH SPORTS!

BobAnthony on November 24, 2008 at 8:05 PM

We lost our naming deal here in Jacksonville, we reverted to “Jacksonville Municipal Statium” from “Alltel stadium”
Us and Lambeu are the only non corporate stadiums in the NFL.

I like it, I think we should name it after a City Father or Andrew Jackson, ETC.

Look what happened to poor Joe Robbie in Miami, he pratically built that stadium, the least they could do was keep his name on it.

Squid Shark on November 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

There is also that one that honors the men and women who have served this nation that also houses the team (along with the Cardinals) that founded the NFL: Soldier Field, Chicago. ;)

MannyT-vA on November 25, 2008 at 2:18 AM

The Texas Rangers ended their agreement with Ameriquest before the 2007 season and renamed the stadium Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

clghitis on November 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM