September 26, 2006

Full circle

Over the last several years professional teams and colleges alike have been tripping over themselves in a rush to sell the "naming rights" of their home stadiums and arenas to corporate partners for a boatload of cash. Because of this a number of historic stadium names have been lost. Some examples: Candlestick Park, long home of the Giants and 49ers is now Monster Park, it's 3rd or 4th name; and New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena, long home of the NHL's Devils, is now the Continental Airlines Arena.

Colleges too are jumping on the bandwagon. Syracuse plays in the Carrier Dome (which ironically enough has no air conditioning!), and the University of Missouri briefly named its on-campus arena Paige Arena, after Elizabeth Paige Laurie, a Wal-Mart heiress, at least until her roommate at USC (that's right, she was not a U of M student, either!) revealed that Miss Laurie had engaged in academic dishonesty and subsequently left the university.

But the trend has now come full circle. Officials in Glendale, AZ announced today that the naming rights to the new Cardinals Stadium have been sold. To the University of Phoenix.

Now I know that U of P is a corporate entity more than a school, but it is deliciously funny to see a corporation pay to call a stadium "University of [anything] Stadium".

Posted by caltechgirl at September 26, 2006 10:26 AM | TrackBack

Don't forget Jack Murphy Stadium being Qualcomm Park. And the Pond may no longer be the Pond.

Nothing annoys me more than corporate naming right, especially on the old stadiums.

There's only been one that was really good and that was The Great Western Forum (I honestly never realized "Great Western" referred to the old bank until I was in college).

Posted by: KG at September 26, 2006 07:34 PM

I totally blanked on Jack Murphy, and there are a ton of other good examples.

Posted by: caltechgirl at September 26, 2006 07:39 PM

Two words:

Enron. Field.

I'm sure that some of the teams will be embarrassed, come the future, to see who they've chosen to get in bed with, so to speak.

Posted by: ricki at September 27, 2006 07:23 AM

I actually attend UoP and cracked up when we got that announcement.

13 more classes and I'm done....

...and that's if I can't CLEP or get some credit for some of the training I've done.

UoP is one of the schools that you only get out of it what you put into it. If I didn't travel, I'd go to a "traditional" school.

Such is life...

Posted by: Sissy at September 28, 2006 07:58 AM