White Sox change the name of their stadium again, and it’s even worse

Few major league baseball parks retain the names they had when I was a kid, for teams have learned that they can make big bucks by selling the naming rights to corporations. Only 11 major-league teams haven’t done that, and thank Ceiling Cat that Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium remain.

Comiskey Park was the original name of the Chicago White Sox stadium, but it was demolished, rebuilt next door in the nineties, and then renamed US Cellular Field in 2003, with US Cellular paying $68 million. Now, as I’ve heard on the news, the naming rights have been sold again, and get the new name:

Guaranteed Rate Field

Yes, that’s right: it’s named after a lending company, and the rights hold through at least 2029. And I can’t imagine a worse name; this is even worse than Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.

They interviewed some Chicago White Sox fans about this name change on the evening news, and, as you can imagine, they were not happy.

Everything’s for sale these days. The local buses have started being festooned with garish ads, websites abound with them (I pay to keep them off this site), and even park benches have ads on them.

What’s next? “Hey kids, let’s go out to Guaranteed Rate Field and catch the double header!”

Oy!

 

108 Comments

  1. Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Is this like a fixed mortgage?

  2. Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    What puzzles me is that people co-operate with this. I continue to call Candlestick Park “Candlestick Park”; I couldn’t care less what corporate sponsors they take money from. People should just continue to call Comiskey Park “Comiskey Park”. Nothing is stopping them. This includes the media. I think sports fans should write/call in every time a commentator uses the wrong (and I do mean wrong) name for a venue.

    • J Cook
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      here, here!

    • gscott
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      I continue to call the airport in our nation’s capital ‘Washington National Airport’.

    • Posted August 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      Me too. I call CitiField, Shea Stadium. But I go one step further – I call the Colorado Avalanche, the Quebec Nordiques.

      • Posted August 25, 2016 at 10:24 am | Permalink

        Avalanche/Nordiques – now that’s hard core!!!

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:35 am | Permalink

      It worked for Cape Canaveral.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      People should just continue to call Comiskey Park “Comiskey Park”. Nothing is stopping them. This includes the media.

      Specifically for people who work in the media, there are very likely to be contracts in place about using the “name, as sold” and all other paid-for advertising. Contracts with penalty causes.
      I recall that a few years ago one of the major players in Formula 1 (whatever it’s brand name is) was fined by the Formula 1 organisation because after a very hot race in one of the tropical countries, he appeared on the podium or at the post-race press conference with the collar of his race suit (multiple layers of flame-retardant fabric, with layers of insulation between – very hot!) undone. Shock horror! Totally understandable – the drivers lose several kilos per race through sweat.
      The fine imposed was tens or hundreds of thousands of (€/$/£, whatever). Even if you’re on a telephone number salary, that’s got to hurt.
      People have paid cold hard cash for those screen-seconds for their logos. On clothes, on hoardings, on bridges, whatever. And if you’re working in the advertising-funded media, you will get hurt if you don’t comply with the terms of those contracts. (Taxation-funded media, I’m not so sure. But given the revolving door between the two sides, you’re playing with fire.)

    • colnago80
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      Dodger Stadium, now the 3rd oldest stadium in the major leagues is still called Dodger Stadium.

      By the way, the Giants and the 49ers no longer play in Candlestick Park.

      • colnago80
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:00 am | Permalink

        The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams play in the Staple’s Center.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:35 am | Permalink

          Our once state-of-the-art SkyDome in Toronto ( Blue Jays baseball) has been the Rogers Centre for a while, though I still call it SkyDome. Basketball and hockey at Air Canada Centre( I think that’s the original name), and where the opera and ballet and symphony and many pkays were when I arrived in the 70s went from O’Keefe Centre to Hummingbird to Sony. Fortunately we now have newer and much much nicer venues for the symphony ( Roy Thomson Hall) and opera and ballet ( Young Centre – aka the opera house…). It all gets very confusing.

  3. merilee
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    awful!! Petco at least sounds like pets…

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:37 am | Permalink

      And the Detroit Tigers Stadium, now Comerica Park, at least trips nicely off the tongue. If you didn’t know that was the name of a bank you might even like it.

  4. bluemaas
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    O m’golly, that appellation does so suck ! Utterly sad.

    I ‘feel’ a contest a – comin’ on, Dr Coyne, not ?

    Rename your team’s (incl AAA ones) home field.

    Be sure to include the name of your team which oft times with the AAA teams most especially have gloriously funny and darling ones ! the Toledo Mud Hens and the Omaha Storm Chasers !

    Give it your best hit !

    O, for the darling dayz of Mr Hobbs portrayed as ! The Natural ! by the mighty finest ever Mr Redford as of thus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjk3RsytFZg

    I still get chills down my spine with its final scene and that smashingly homerun … … .score. … … of a soundtrack.

    Blue

    • nwalsh
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      Toledo Mud Hens makes me think of Klinger.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

        “Nice dress, Corporal” Klinger?

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:40 am | Permalink

      I’ve always liked the Lansing Lugnuts.

      (Lansing, MI. For those not up on US Americana, Michigan was the US cradle for car manufacturing once. )

      • Taz
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        Also, the Great Lakes Loons. (Midland, MI single A team.)

    • Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:58 am | Permalink

      I recently watched our local team lose to the Wichita Wingnuts. (No kidding.) This is sub-Class A ball. Much more fun in my opinion than MLB.

    • Roux Brownwell
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Lansing (MI) Lug Nuts

      • bluemaas
        Posted August 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

        Baseball team owners must just love.love alliteration — as do I!
        (Wish I could .own. a team or two, too!)

        That one is just darling!

        Blue

  5. Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    They should have named it Guaranteed Rate Stadium. That’s less offensive to my ears than soiling more traditional sounding words like field, or park.

  6. DrBrydon
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m gonna call the Sox “summer vacation.” Why? No class.

  7. Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but any name is better than calling your stadium Comiskey Park. Charles Comiskey was perhaps the stingiest of the stingy, a super racist amongst the racist owners, and was the major cause of the Black Sox Scandal. I think I read that he made the players pay for their own laundry and benched Eddie Cicotte to prevent the pitcher from winning 30 games and earn a bonus.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      I highly recommend John Sayles’ film Eight Men Out, a dramatization of the Black Sox scandal and Comiskey’s role in it, with a cast of heavy hitters including David Strathairn, Bill Irwin, John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen (before he became famous and obnoxious), and Sayles himself as Ring Lardner.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:20 am | Permalink

        You mean the Charlie Sheen who played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in Major League, that Charlie Sheen?

        Oh, and I agree; Eight Men Out is a damn fine flick. I’m a fan of all John Sayles’s stuff, Lone Star and Secaucus 7 especially.

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:42 am | Permalink

        That sounds good, thanks for the rec.

      • mfdempsey1946
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:05 am | Permalink

        Eliot Asinof’s book on which the movie is based, also called “Eight Men Out”, is also vivid and enlightening about the Black Sox scandal.

    • Posted August 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      In (dis)honor of Comiskey then, they could call is Scrooge Field. Or Scrooge McDuck Park. (I just love the name Scrooge McDuck).

    • colnago80
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      One of the 8 players banned after the Black Sox scandal was Shoeless Joe Jackson, who, if he had continued his career, would have been one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game. After his banning, Jackson and his wife moved to North Carolina and opened up a laundry where they made more money in the first year then he ever made playing baseball.

    • Martin Levin
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. Comiskey was more than a miser; he was a dreadful human being. And not only does he bear large responsibility for the conditions that created the Black Sox, but for the aftermath, ie, the arrival of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner and an iron-fisted quarter-century rule. Landis is often accused of having impeded the possibility of black players in MLB, but the evidence is mixed, even though Branch Rickey waited until Landis died to sign Jackie Robinson.

  8. Roger
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Guaranteed rate highway robbery ballpark hotdogs and drinks. Only a zillion dollars each.

    • Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      Even in our sub-Class A park, caps cost $30 (!!!!!!!!) and very basic T-shirts the same.

  9. GBJames
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I suggest “Oh, FFS field”.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      Franz Ferdinand Sparks have moved into the sports, uh, arena?

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Lol. Big fan, are we?

  10. mordacious1
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    The Sacramento Kings played in ARCO Arena for years and that was a great name. Then they changed it to Power Balance Pavilion and people still called it ARCO. Now it’s Sleep Train Arena, which is a horrible name for a sports arena, but people still call it ARCO.

    Next year, the Detroit Red Wings will play at Little Caesar’s Arena (Pizza Pizza)…that’s god awful. So is Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. How about KFC Yum Center for the for the U. of Louisville’s basketball teams?

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:44 am | Permalink

      “Next year, the Detroit Red Wings will play at Little Caesar’s Arena (Pizza Pizza)”

      Especially bad as it replaces Joe Louis Arena, fondly known as The Joe.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      They missed the possibility of a Pizza Piazza?
      Oh man, they must either have a board full of knuckle-draggers, or target their goods (pizzas, I guess?) at knuckle-draggers.
      I suspect that “no true Italian” would call their product “pizza” too. “Warm greasy open sandwich” might be a bit optimistic.

    • Taz
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      “Little Caesar’s Arena” makes some sense since the company is owned by Mike Ilitch, long time owner of the Wings.

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        What a coincidence!

  11. Historian
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    It could have been worse. It could have been named Preparation H Field, but at least that would have been appropriate.

  12. Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    The U.S. Government should get in on the act. We could have the Statue of Liberty Mutual, the McDonald’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Band-Aid Wounded Knee Battlefield and Ford Lincoln National Park.

    All these sponsorships were suggested as an April Fool’s joke on Marketplace.

  13. T Beck
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    As a lifelong Yankee fan, I’m glad the name “Yankee Stadium” remains even if the new Stadium is basically a mediocre, overpriced shopping mall with a gorgeous field and world class baseball team in its center courtyard.

    Also, Charles Comiskey was a major league scumbag so not naming a stadium after him is a mitzvah. Still, they could call it simply White Sox Park and that would be fine with the entire universe.

    • colnago80
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      The Yankees are not a world class baseball team this year nor were they last year. I suspect that the fans are not too happy about the management trading away their closer for prospects and thus throwing in the sponge this year.

  14. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    In Omaha Nebraska, home of the College World Series – name the stadium they built for that event, TD Ameritrade Park. That would be the on line broker. Son of the founder happens to be the governor of Nebraska…Rickets. Or right next door is the Convention Center where all the big events are held. Name of this one is Qwest Center or now called Century Link. Internet and communications companies. Money not only talks, it gets to put its name on everything.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Maybe next we have the Comcast White House or the Wallmart Capital Building.

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:50 am | Permalink

        The GoDaddy Washington Monument.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Money not only talks, it gets to put its name on everything.

      I was about to see if anyone was willing to bet a beer on someone having sold the naming rights for their child.
      I have a sinking feeling that I’m late to the table with this bet. I just have a sinking feeling that this depth has been plumbed already.
      Naming rights auctioned on ebaY? No, that’s probably gone too. There was someone selling their virginity on ebaY a few years ago that raised a very small, short ruckus. I can’t remember if it was a guy or a girl selling the virginity … but … Cato wasn’t it? “O tempora, o mores!” (Oh Times, Oh Daily Mirror!)

    • Walt Jones
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      My sister once took me to a park near Omaha where we saw US West Lake. I’ve been wondering whether it became Qwest Lake and then Century Link Lake.

  15. Walt Jones
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Until a couple of years ago, the Minnesota Vikings played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (built in the early ’80s, before naming rights). Eventually they sold naming rights to the field, and it became the Mall of America field at the HHH Metrodome.

    Ironically (or perhaps fittingly), the Mall of America sits on the site of the Vikings’ previous stadium.

    • Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      I still say, “the Vikings’ stadium”, “the Twins’ stadium”, “the Wild’s arena” etc.

      Never could stand the naming rights crap.

      Not that I go to any of them. Not a commercial sports fan.

  16. Posted August 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I am an old fuddy-duddy, but wherever the White Sox play will always be Comiskey Park to me. And now the Sports Authority has gone belly-up, many of us are hopeful that the old Mile High Stadium will return.

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      Oh, yeah, gotta love Mile High!

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        Exposing the depths of my iggorance, but I guess the Mile High Stadium is in Denver? And it has a “club” with many ladies^H^H^H^H persons of negotiable affection.

        • Diane G.
          Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

          Right on the first count, I’m not touching the second.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

            Not wanting to touch things, eh?
            Blue pill or … (can’t find them in red) … black pill?
            We used to call the black ones “bovine gynaecology gloves” once the trainees stopped understanding “Herriot gloves”.

            • Diane G.
              Posted August 26, 2016 at 1:27 am | Permalink

              Love the way your mind free associates. 😉

              Don’t tell me people don’t read Herriot any more… 😦

              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted August 26, 2016 at 3:36 am | Permalink

                No guns (though plenty of drugs), so it’s not on TV very much. Doesn’t seem to go with the zeitgeist.

      • Posted August 25, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

        And with legal weed, it is even more apt 🙂 Also, the home of the Avalanche and Nuggets is the Pepsi Center, but because of its shape and sponsor, most of us call it The Can.

        • Diane G.
          Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          Ha, wish I’d thought of that!

          Well, at least The Can works for Pepsi. Of course, it would also work for Charmin…

    • Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      “many of us are hopeful that the old Mile High Stadium will return”

      Don’t get your hopes up too much.

      I predict: EnCana Field

  17. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, when I was a kid ballparks had cool names like Forbes Field and Candlestick Park. (Not that MLB is ever going back to places like Ebbets Field or the Polo Grounds.)

    This sell-a-name stuff is the worst trend to deface the grounds where America’s pastime is played since those big, round, ugly synthetic-turf joints got built in the 70s — places like Riverfront in Cincinnati and Three Rivers in Pittsburg and Veterans in Philly (and the even-more godawful monstrosity that preceded them all, the Astrodome in Houston).

    As the Phillies’ great flake of a third-baseman, Dick (f/k/a “Richie”) Allen, used to say: “If cows can’t eat it, I don’t wanna play on it.”

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      Ha ha, love it!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      “If cows can’t eat it, I don’t wanna play on it.”

      Gauntlets thrown down to both bovine genetic engineering and the materials sciences of ground covering.

  18. macha
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    I’ve never understood advertising.

    Whenever my favourite TV program is buggered up by some moronic ad., I make a mental note that the next time I need to buy washing powder or whatever, I’ll choose the brand sitting next to the moron.

    • Kevin
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:37 am | Permalink

      Advertisements have no effect on me. The world economy would collapse if everyone were like me.

      • Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:54 am | Permalink

        “Advertisements have no effect on me. The world economy would collapse if everyone were like me.”

        That’s what they want you to think.

        • Posted August 25, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

          Actually, ironically, there’s a way in which free market economics is self contradictory (more or less) because of advertising. The former requires non-distorted preferences, the latter distorts them. But banning advertising would also introduce a distort, so I conclude (with a bit more I need not go into) that FME is an ideological stance …

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      I SO agree. Has anyone ever studied this? I doubt anyone is really wild about commercial names, and I’ll bet a significant number are uber annoyed, so it must be a net loss for the sponsor.

      • Merilee
        Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

        Same here. I watch almost no commercial TV live but get so tired of the simpering ads surrounding the supposedly non-commercial PBS NewsHour. I will NEVER buy anything from Lincoln Financial ( and years ago I vowed never to buy any Charmin’ tp).

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      Digital video recording and fast-forward button.
      Literally, I never watch anything “live” on TV these days apart from the news. The only time that I’m exposed to adverts is if I fall asleep over the remote control.

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      “…the next time I need to buy washing powder or whatever, I’ll choose the brand sitting next to the moron.”

      Been a devoted Anything-but-Wisk customer since the ’70s.

  19. Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    I hate sponsor’s names. At least in my preferred sport of cricket they are generally either prefixes or suffixes to pre-existing ground names (The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, which I generally refer to by location only being a dishonourable exception). When referring to Surrey’s home ground I just call it The Oval, although technically there is a sponsor’s name between the The and Oval (I neither know nor care who that sponsor currently is).

  20. Wunold
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    It’s also happening in Germany. Former “O2 World” indoor arena in Berlin was renamed to Mercedes-Benz Arena after the sponsor changed.

  21. Posted August 25, 2016 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    I like the former name “US Cellular”. Without knowing its commercial implication, I can imagine that it was named after the cell and had a simple cell drawing for logo :-).

  22. Jonathan Dore
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Since 2005 the new hockey arena in Victoria, B.C., has been bathetically named the Save on Foods Arena, after the local supermarket chain, and usually shortened to the “Save on Arena”. To ram home the name’s utter banality the lettering over the entrance is precisely the same as in their supermarkets, so it simply looks like an oddly outsized branch.

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      They shoulda just played on hockey announcing and gone with “SAVE! Arena.”

  23. Wunold
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Since 2005 the new hockey arena in Victoria, B.C., has been bathetically named the Save on Foods Arena,

    So it’s a swimming arena in summer? 🙂

  24. Alpha Neil
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    We are one step closer to a “Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator Field”. Idiocracy is looking more prophetic every day.

  25. colnago80
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Well, the Washington Deadskins football team plays in FedEx Field while the Washington Wizards basketball team plays in the Verizon Center. The Washington National’s baseball team current plays in National’s Park but I bet the naming rights will be sold sooner or later.

  26. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Author David Foster Wallace was ahead of the game in this corporate-naming-rights business. In his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, the numerals themselves had been stripped from the Gregorian calendar in favor of product sponsorship, in what was called “subsidized time” — the Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad, the Year of the Trial-size Dove Bar, the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment, etc.

    • Merilee
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Lol. Infinite Jest is on my get-to-soon pile ( speaking of piles:-)

  27. jay
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    At least we still have Yankee stadium.

    Seriously this bugs the hell out of me. I don’t have a problem with corporate SPONSORSHIP of a stadium, ans in “Candlestick Park, sponsored by xxx” but changing the name on a whim is absurd.

  28. Craw
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I call where the Blue Jays play “Sky Dome”. So do most people I know. Who really cares what TV talking heads get paid to call it?

  29. Max
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I suppose you could just call it G-Park.

  30. Karl Withakay
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Interestingly, in St. Louis in 1953, Sportsman’s Park was sold along with the Cardinals baseball team to Anheuser Busch, which renamed the stadium after AB’s president to Busch Stadium. When that park was replaced, the new stadium was called Busch Memorial Stadium, and it retained that traditional name after the team and stadium were sold in 1996. When the current stadium was built in 2006, it was given a corporate purchased name that coincided with the traditional, historic names of Cardinals staduims: Busch Stadium.

    So while the Cardinals’ stadium is not one of those 11 that didn’t sell naming rights to a corporation, it still has the traditional name for a Cardinals stadium since 1953.

  31. Posted August 25, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I’m not a professional sports fan, and even more not for baseball, but that name is *bad*.

  32. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Cellular Field sounds like the playing field should be tessellated with hexagons.

    • Posted August 26, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Generalizing football so a given game is played by n teams might be a bizarre exercise to contemplate. (I’m not sure how you’d do for baseball.) At least more fun than going to an event at “Guaranteed Rate”. Ugh.

  33. Darren Garrison
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes, it was a very smart move to give the stadium an awful nickname by changing a single letter. They should have learned from those smart enough to change the name of Puck-Man to Pac-Man.

    • Darren Garrison
      Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Ug. Meant “a name that could be made into an awful nickname by changing a single letter.”

  34. Rod
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    In the 25-odd year history of the Ottawa Senators, they have played in The Palladium,the Corel Centre, Scotiabank Place, and The Canadian Tire Centre, without moving. No-one knows what to call it these days. Everyone (the public, anyway,) always seems to be about two names behind

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 26, 2016 at 1:23 am | Permalink

      Lol, that takes the cake!

      • Merilee
        Posted August 26, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

        In Ottawa it takes the Timbit…

        • Rod
          Posted August 26, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink

          …. the Beavertail!


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