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Why Not Sell Airport Names (in The US)?

Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:55 am

It's a very common practice in the United States to sell the naming rights to a sports arena to generate extra revenue to fund capital improvements or to defer construction costs. For example, the stadium in Tampa is named Raymond James Stadium, not after any one person, but after Raymond James Financial, Inc. So, why not sell the naming rights to airports to fund capital improvements? ATL could become Coca Cola INTL, ORD could become Motorola INTL, and DFW could become ExxonMobil INTL. These are just examples of course, but for sale to the highest bidder. Proceeds could be used to fund everything from building new terminals to starting new runways. Do you think this would be a good idea?
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:01 am

The FAA could consider this as an alternative to charging GA pilots landing fees under the new proposed funding bill. I don't like the idea personally, but i'd rather have that than fees for weather briefings, etc.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:03 am

Well, in that case, RDU would be called GlaxoSmithKline Raleigh-Durham International Airport. First of all, that name is tooo long. Second of all, airports are supposed to be government entities and therefore cannot be , named after corporations. They can be named after individuals, but it usually have to be a very significant government individual. But if anyone was to EVER propose renaming RDU, CLT, or GSO into the Jesse Helms (location) International Airport, I would have to serious consider some crazy tactics.. that would just be diabolical!
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:08 am

Publicly owned and operated airports cannot seek corporate sponsorship as a far as I know. Any name changes have to be approved at the state or federal level. Though some politicians may appear "corporately sponsored" themselves, the flow of funds only goes one way: from government out, not the other way.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:11 am

I'll add this too. Airport and municipal/government facilities are the last bastions of purity when it comes to selling out. (This from a Bostonian who's still bitter about having to call it the Fleet Center or TD Bank North Garden). Having your name adorned on an airport is as close to being immortalized as a person can be in the United States. That pretty much ranks 1st with having an aircraft carrier named after you.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:14 am

.....do we really want to fly into Budwieser International?
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:22 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 2):
But if anyone was to EVER propose renaming RDU, CLT, or GSO into the Jesse Helms (location) International Airport, I would have to serious consider some crazy tactics.. that would just be diabolical!

I shutter at the thought of that happening.....to be honest though I would see that happening in CLT or GSO as opposed to RDU. The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is well known as being more liberal than Charlotte or Greensboro. Still, I would literally barf if any of the big airports in NC are named after Jesse Helms. Heck, if they even thought of renaming CLT after Pat McCrory or Sue Myrick i'll barf.  yuck 

And while we are on the subject of corporate sponsorship of an airport we all know that Bank of America and Wachovia would have an all out war to have the naming rights of CLT
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:24 am

CLT already has a name attached to it.. Douglas.. whomever that is.... so I don't think it would be in the running.. and GSO would be called Thomasville Piedmont Triad International airport..
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:28 am

Quoting SirDeath (Thread starter):
Do you think this would be a good idea?

No.

Quoting IAD787 (Reply 3):
Publicly owned and operated airports cannot seek corporate sponsorship as a far as I know. Any name changes have to be approved at the state or federal level.

Well, publicly owned stadiums have had corporate naming for quite some time. The first one anyone really remembers was the renaming of Candlestick Park to 3Com Park. Similarly, Anaheim/Angel Stadium was named Edison International Field for several years until Edison ended up in financial trouble.

Quoting IAD787 (Reply 4):
(This from a Bostonian who's still bitter about having to call it the Fleet Center or TD Bank North Garden).

To be fair, the new arena was going to have corporate naming from the start. It was built to be the Shawmut Center, then became the Fleet Center upon opening because of Fleet's acquisition of Shawmut. At least they call it the Garden again.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:34 am

I don’t know about the whole airport but perhaps terminals could be feasible. Apple Computer international terminal in SFO, or Toyota Tundra terminal in HOU.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:37 am

Quoting 102IAHexpress (Reply 9):
I don’t know about the whole airport but perhaps terminals could be feasible.

Hmm.. that could actually work.. GlaxoSmithKline Terminal, IBM Terminal, and SAS General Aviation Terminal at RDU.. now that could actually be a good idea..
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:46 am

Doesn't the US have any people who deserve having an airport named after them? - I definitely think so, with your extremely rich aviation heritage.

It is a short-term gain to earn a wad of dollars from naming an airport after whoever pays, but it is surely a long-term gain to educate the public about the great people in aviation history (or just history) through naming airports after them.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:55 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 10):
GlaxoSmithKline Terminal, IBM Terminal, and SAS General Aviation Terminal at RDU.. now that could actually be a good idea..

Corporate naming rights alone, could work, but I was thinking more along the lines of corporate naming rights with exclusive retail rights.
Large terminal space, layovers and lots of foot traffic consisting of middle class and upper class buyers could mean a favorable retail location for the right company.
The Toyota Center in Houston for example is not just a name of a basketball arena; it’s also “dealership” as fans attending games can actually purchase a vehicle at the center.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:56 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 2):
Second of all, airports are supposed to be government entities

Says who? Could not airports be private businesses, subject to government regulation of course? London Heathrow is privately owned after all!
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:01 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 7):
CLT already has a name attached to it.. Douglas.. whomever that is

CLT is named after a former of mayor of Charlotte, Ben. E Douglas. He was a driving force in building the airport on the site is on today and having airlines introduce service to the Charlotte region.  Smile
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:02 am

Quoting TommyBoy (Reply 5):
.....do we really want to fly into Budwieser International?

Good heavens, no. Now a real beer, maybe.  duck 
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:08 am

There is The Jeppessen Terminal at DEN, but thats aviation related anyway. Also, thats just name of the terminal itself, not the entire airport.

So I vote no on putting corporate sponsorships on airport names. That just confuses the mind. And it makes no sense since the majority of the names would have no direct relation with aviation. And just looks stupid, too.

Come to think of it, wasn't there a exact same thread on this a year ago???
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:14 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 16):
There is The Jeppessen Terminal at DEN, but thats aviation related anyway. Also, thats just name of the terminal itself, not the entire airport.

That isn't a corporate sponsorship, rather it is named in honor of Elrey Jeppessen.
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RE: Why Not Sell Airport Names (in The US)?

Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:30 am

I think this is an idea that might work but I am not sure if it makes economic sense.

Any sponsorship money would be relatively puny to the airport's total revenue. How much would Motorola pay for naming rights at ORD? $100 milllion over 10 years? While a lot of money to the sponsoring company, it's small potato for the airport authority.

Motorola would be crazy to do that because it's too expensive and yet it exposes the company's brand to all kinds of accident opportunties. Plane crashes, accidents, terrorism and so on.

I believe that while some cities have sold their airports to corporations such as the BAA, the cities retain naming rights to the airports.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:43 am

It just seems to me, being a die-hard capitalist, that if these entities are crying for money or seeking new tax revenue due to lack of operating funds, why not let the private sector help. I mean the corporate influence would end at name and some form adverts inside of the airport, but I don't see how this is necessarily so bad. Maybe there can even be some overlap, like in ATL, being named Candler-Coca-Cola Int'l Airport. Since Candler donated the land for the first large Atlanta airport. In an ideal world, airfields would be reserved for aviation pioneers and innovators, in the real world politicians get their paws into things (kind of like the drive to rename ATL just Jackson airport when MainLard Jackson died, because no one "current" could "remember" W.B. Hartsfield). And no one is saying force anyone to do anything, just put the option(s) on the table, and see what kind of money is being offered. It may be too little to justify, it may be a cash bonanza!
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:48 am

If anything, CLT will be named the William F. Graham International Airport. Billy already has his own road, why not an airport to go with it? You could take the Billy Graham Parkway from uptown to the Billy Graham Airport! The marketing practically sells itself!
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:50 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
That isn't a corporate sponsorship...

I never said it was. I was pointing out that DEN has an terminal name for their terminal.

[Edited 2007-08-29 21:57:34]
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:51 am

Quoting SirDeath (Thread starter):
ATL could become Coca Cola INTL

That's not as far-fetched as it sounds. Not too many years ago, the airport actually did look into corporate naming rights of the terminals. The idea was met with howls of disapproval, but the idea was considered. If ATL were to have corporate naming, it would be the concourses, as based on how much lobbying was done to get Maynard Jackson's name added to the airport name, there would be some folks definitely up in arms if they tried to take his name off of the airport name. Here's some ideas (some tongue in cheek) for corporate sponsorship of the concourses:

Concourse T: SunTrust (Back before Trust Company of Georgia merged with SunBank to form SunTrust, their logo was the letter "T" and they had a slogan along the lines of "Our bank suits you to a "T")
Concourse A: AT&T (Before being bought up by AT&T, BellSouth was based out of ATL,)
Concourse B: Bank of America (C&S Bank merged with NCNB to form NationsBank which latter merged with B of A).
Concourse C: Coca-Cola
Concourse D: Home Depot
Concourse E: Earthlink
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:04 am

DL, AA, UA and US all have stadium naming rights. Why not name an airport too? Even better, buy the rights to a competitors' hub!

National Car Rental and Alamo also have stadium naming rights. They shouldn't be allowed to lease airport naming rights though - too confusing for the consumer  Smile
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:10 am

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Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:25 am

Welcome to...
Maxi Pad Miami International
Pedegrie Field
Pampers Airport
Hover Round Airport
Charmin International

They just don't portray the image an airport wants IMO.

The best name currently in the US...
Phoenix Sky Harbor International
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RE: Why Not Sell Airport Names (in The US)?

Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:31 am

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 25):
The best name currently in the US...
Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Oh.. I don't like that airport.. after I had to walk 16 miles to get from the B concourse to the A concourse to catch a flight.. who designed that dang airport, anyway? It's horrible! Arrrgh! My thighs were killing me!
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:08 am

In addition to the political issues, there is a question to the corporate value of purchasing naming rights. Naming rights at a stadium has value because it is generally associated with something positive. Unfortunately, thanks to Alfred Khan and deregulation, the airport is generally a place to be avoided at all costs. There is a positive value to signs like "this way to Goldman Sachs-LaGuardia Airport" but there is a huge negative to stranded passengers or security delays at said airport. Wost of all would be a crash. I do not see that corporations would pony up enough money to make it solidly profitable after the costs of changing the signs, letterhead and whatnot.

Of course there has been a proliferation in advertising in the airport. Ads have been placed in just about every walkway at many airports. Those ads probably bring in more revenue and would be eroded if there was a competing name on the airport.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:11 am

Quoting 6YJJK (Reply 15):
Good heavens, no. Now a real beer, maybe. duck

Maybe they can rename BOS Sam Adams International!.....for the beer and the man! LOL
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:18 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):

Well, publicly owned stadiums have had corporate naming for quite some time. The first one anyone really remembers was the renaming of Candlestick Park to 3Com Park. Similarly, Anaheim/Angel Stadium was named Edison International Field for several years until Edison ended up in financial trouble.

Sports stadiums (at least those with naming rights) are privately owned venues owned by the owners of their respective teams. Steinbrenner owns Yankee Stadium, Fred Wilpon owns Shea, etc.

Quoting IAD787 (Reply 4):
I'll add this too. Airport and municipal/government facilities are the last bastions of purity when it comes to selling out. (This from a Bostonian who's still bitter about having to call it the Fleet Center or TD Bank North Garden). Having your name adorned on an airport is as close to being immortalized as a person can be in the United States. That pretty much ranks 1st with having an aircraft carrier named after you.

Be Grateful that Fenway is still pure...come 09 Shea will be no more. We'll have Citifield. At least at first glance it doesn't look like a corporately named stadium.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:21 am

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 28):

That would be the same thing as it is now. It is already named after a person.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:25 am

Quoting PiedmontINT (Reply 20):
If anything, CLT will be named the William F. Graham International Airport. Billy already has his own road, why not an airport to go with it? You could take the Billy Graham Parkway from uptown to the Billy Graham Airport! The marketing practically sells itself!

I wouldn't put it past the city of Charlotte to do that when Billy Graham does die ; though alot of people in Charlotte have issues with the name of the Billy Graham Parkway so I can only imagine the uproar that would be met if they named the airport that.

[Edited 2007-08-29 23:26:52]
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:36 am

Hell, Southern California already has "Bob Hope Airport" (BUR), and "John Wayne Airport" (SNA). Maybe LAX could become "Marilyn Monroe International". LGB could be a lesser star, like "Dustin Diamond (Screech) Field".
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:50 am

Quoting 6YJJK (Reply 15):
.....do we really want to fly into Budwieser International?

The best line I've read all day.


Is there any precedent at all for sponsorship of government facilities? Anything at all like police stations, post offices, roads, bus routes, etc. The only thing I can think of is the town of half.com, Oregon.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:12 am

Quoting CoolGuy (Reply 33):
The only thing I can think of is the town of half.com, Oregon

I havent hear that yet. That is hilarious.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:33 am

Quoting 6YJJK (Reply 15):
Quoting TommyBoy (Reply 5):
.....do we really want to fly into Budwieser International?

Good heavens, no. Now a real beer, maybe.

 box The proper spelling is BUDWEISER, and let's not be talkin' smack about good beer.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:46 am

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 29):
Sports stadiums (at least those with naming rights) are privately owned venues owned by the owners of their respective teams. Steinbrenner owns Yankee Stadium, Fred Wilpon owns Shea, etc.

Not entirely correct, here's a partial list of publicly-owned sports venues that currently or at one point, had naming rights:

Angels Stadium (Formerly known as Edison International Field @ Anaheim)
Rangers Ballpark In Arlington (formerly known as Ameriquest Field)
Chase Field
Coors Field
Great American Ball Park
Miller Park (partially owned)
Minute Maid Park
McAfee Coliseum
Petco Park (partially owned)
PNC Park
Safeco Field
Tropicana Field
U.S. Cellular Field
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (Formerly Alltel Stadium)
Edward Jones Dome
Ford Field
Heinz Field
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:53 am

Wouldn't it be better if Corporations donated money to a federal ATC Improvement fund? Then they could advertise thusly:

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Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:54 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 36):

Thanks for clearing that up! I stand corrected. So would that make an airport and a stadium simialar in terms of naming rights?
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:14 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 2):
Well, in that case, RDU would be called GlaxoSmithKline Raleigh-Durham International Airport. First of all, that name is tooo long.

Not much longer than Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, BWI's full name.

Seriously, since such commercial naming contracts expire periodically, the airport names would change much more often than today. I can think of some stadiums/arenas that have had at least 3 names if not more. The cost of implementing an airport name change every few years would be prohibitive. Apart from signs, all the reservations/ticketing systems would require changes to ensure that the correct airport name appears in websites, itinerary printouts etc etc. And airports are confusing enough for passengers as it is without changing their names every few years.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 am

LGA probably comes pretty close... when ever I fly in, I think I'm landing at HSBC airport... the first time I saw the ads, I couldn't believe the city went that far for a little revenue...
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:32 am

Quoting 102IAHexpress (Reply 9):
I don’t know about the whole airport but perhaps terminals could be feasible. Apple Computer international terminal in SFO, or Toyota Tundra terminal in HOU.

That really is interesting. We could have an AirBus Terminal @ SEA  Smile
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:32 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 16):
So I vote no on putting corporate sponsorships on airport names.

Agreed. There are too many ads splattered everywhere as it is.

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 25):
Maxi Pad Miami International

Depends would be more appropriate.  duck 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:03 am

Quoting HPAEAA (Reply 40):
LGA probably comes pretty close... when ever I fly in, I think I'm landing at HSBC airport... the first time I saw the ads, I couldn't believe the city went that far for a little revenue...

Same deal at T9 at JFK. And apparently T5 at LHR from the pics I've seen
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:12 am

Quoting Jlk (Reply 41):
We could have an AirBus Terminal @ SEA  Smile

 vomit  You're kidding me......right? SEA already has a terminal name: Pacific Place. Ok, well its not really the terminal name, but its in the middle of the terminal and the name fits.
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:36 am

Quoting AADC10 (Reply 27):
Unfortunately, thanks to Alfred Khan and deregulation, the airport is generally a place to be avoided at all costs.

As compared to before Alfred Khan, when most people couldn't afford to fly very often and thus had no reason to go to the airport.

Quoting TeamAmerica (Reply 35):
The proper spelling is BUDWEISER, and let's not be talkin' smack about good beer.

But we're not talking smack against good beer...we're talking smack agaist Budweiser!  biggrin 

Quoting HPAEAA (Reply 40):
LGA probably comes pretty close... when ever I fly in, I think I'm landing at HSBC airport... the first time I saw the ads, I couldn't believe the city went that far for a little revenue...

Have you seen Heathrow? HSBC seems determined to cover every square inch, inside and out. What is it with HSBC's fascination with airports anyway? Out of all the things to think about when at the airport, choosing a bank is pretty low down the list.
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:29 pm

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 37):
"This ontime arrival is brought to you by the good folks at Exxon-Mobil"

Since when are arrivals ontime?  duck 

Every time I get to an airport and see the huge cues, delays, cancellations and any other inconvenience, my thoughts about [insert sponser] airport won't be very high, and I (and probably quite a few others), will be quite irritated at that particular sponser.

Then again, just seeing the name might help. I remember a footy game her in Australia, and my dads team was loosing, and in the break a commercial for a pasta sauce came up, and he said he'd never buy it, but the next day, we had sphagetti bolognese, and guess which sauce......

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Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:34 pm

Edward O'hare - ORD
Eugene C. Eppley - OMA
Norman Y. Mineta - SJC
Of course, DCA and IAH are obvious.

There's a ton more.
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Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:05 am

Please no! America has become too commercialized as it is without doing this. Naming an airport after a person is one thing, but selling naming rights to airports is too much. What happens if the "sponsor" goes out of business? How many times might an airport name be changed? I know both the football stadium and arena here in Nashville both have gone through at least two corporate name changes each in the last decade. Besides, who whats to fly into the Tulsa Tucks Hemorroid Pads International Airport? (Sorry Tulsa, just kidding, I love you guys).
 
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Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:46 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 36):
Not entirely correct, here's a partial list of publicly-owned sports venues that currently or at one point, had naming rights:

Interesting list. Isn't Monster Park in SF also a publicly-owned stadium? I believe the 49ers lease from the city and it was recently at issue because the city isn't spending enough on upkeep.

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