Best Sports Stadium Name Ever?

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The new Mets stadium is called Citi Field thanks to a $400 million contract with ailing financial conglomerate Citigroup.

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Now two New York City councilmen would like to amend that name to "Citi/Taxpayer Field." As the New York Times' city room blog reports:

In 2006, Citigroup signed a 20-year, $400 million contract to name the Mets' new stadium in Queens Citi Field. As recently as last week, the troubled financial-services conglomerate said it had no intention of backing out of the deal for the new stadium — the replacement for Shea Stadium, which is being demolished.

Well now, with Citigroup getting a second multi-billion-dollar rescue from the federal government, two City Council members would like to see Uncle Sam get some credit.

The two councilman, Vincent M. Ignizio and James S. Oddo, both of Staten Island, called on Tuesday for the stadium to be renamed Citi/Taxpayer Field. The two men will soon be the only Republicans on the 51-member Council; the only other Republican, Anthony Como of Queens, was recently defeated in a special election.

"Perhaps a name change is in order, since it will be the taxpayers of the country who will foot the bill for not only part of stadium, but for the company itself," Mr. Ignizio said. "The taxpayers are spending billions for this company to maintain its operations and deserve the recognition for their largess."

Of course, as reason has pointed out, nearly every stadium's name could be amended to include recognition of the contributions from long-suffering taxpayers.

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  1. Here’s a suggestion: demolish Shea, and sell the Mets to Vancouver. They’re becoming an important city and need a shitty baseball team on par with the Blue Jays and the Expos. This ends the need for a new stadium and worrying about its name.

  2. Long-suffering taxpayers who basically demand to be ripped off, so that they can have a team. They don’t care how many millionaires they subsidize, as long as they can call up sports radio talk shows and bitch 24/7 about the coach/general manager/owner/star quarterback/third-string punter. Hey, it’s speech that makes us human. Without anything to talk about, we’d regress. So I guess it’s worth the money.

  3. Truth in advertising would require that ~ half the pro venues in the nation be named Sponsor-Taxpayer Field/Arena/Stadium.

    We need to remind all of the folks who don’t give a damn about sports that they are helping to pay for some billionaires ego boosting hobby (and the mayor’s regular visits to his luxury suite).

    Where’s my whiskey and sleazy women subsidy?

  4. Something we can all be thankful for this Thanksgiving; councilmen with their heads only halfway up their ass.

  5. As bad as the Mets suck, no team can compare to the Expos for pure waste of space in their city. There actually are a lot of Mets fans in NY.

    I’m a Yankees fan, but I live in Queens so I go to a few Mets games each season anyway. Shea Stadium was a fucking hole.

  6. I propose “New World Order Field”.

  7. In my city taxpayers turned down a slew of stadium/arena taxes over the decades. And guess what? Private money finally came through and built a nice arena. (But if the team doesn’t make the playoffs this year, we’re gonna burn down the place, anyway.)

  8. Oh, and I forgot about the freakin’ soccer stadium, built, again, with private money (albeit on public land) when taxpayers couldn’t come through.
    And they just won the championship, so I guess their stadium is safe from the torch-wielding townsfolk for another year.

  9. Best Sports Stadium Name Ever?

    No, that honor belonged to Enron Field.

  10. The should call it Sponger Stadium, and get Frank Gehry to design it in the form of a huge tin cup.

  11. Value City Arena.

    At least Enron Field sounds cool, if you’d never heard of Enron.

  12. The Astros new park was originally Enron Field. Like Citi, Enron had the decency to collapse during the offseason so the park could be renamed by opening day.

  13. As bad as the Mets suck, no team can compare to the Expos for pure waste of space in their city. There actually are a lot of Mets fans in NY.

    Maybe Steinbrenner can let the Mets play in Yankee Stadium.

  14. Speaking of Enron, how much taxpayer loot did they receive to stay in business?
    What?

    None?!

  15. As bad as the Mets suck, no team can compare to the Expos for pure waste of space in their city. There actually are a lot of Mets fans in NY.

    You FAIL!
    Detroit Lions.

    I really should have read the whole article prior to posting my previos comment.

    *hangs head in shame*

  16. Considering who will be playing there, “Choke Field” is the appropriate name.

  17. Ignizio is sort of hot but I’m not sure how much of that hotness is due to this move or the inclination all us Motta girls have toward the type.

    (Don’t bitch y’all. It ain’t often the women on here can find petty lawmaker attractive.)

  18. You’re forgetting the best part. While they’re debating this, they can’t be debating how to take more of our freedoms away. Win, win if you ask me.

  19. J sub – while the Lions attendance is horrible for an NFL team (and deservedly), they still put 60K+ paid asses in the seats weekly. The expos weren’t hitting 15K before they perished. Less fans than the Nationals, and that is a really low bar to clear.

  20. And half of the Expos attendence was usually Boston College undergrads anyway.

  21. While it never came to fruition the best Sports Stadium name would have been “Pink Taco Stadium” in Arizona.

  22. And they just won the championship, so I guess their stadium is safe from the torch-wielding townsfolk for another year.

    It helps that nobody gives a damn about The Crew.

    Don’t bitch y’all. It ain’t often the women on here can find petty lawmaker attractive.

    I can only imagine what the comments are going to look like here if you two win the LP nom.

  23. I wonder what the return has been, over this decade, on a strategy of shorting stocks of companies who have bought naming rights to sports stadiums?

    I’m guessing something like one billion percent (annualized).

  24. I can only imagine what the comments are going to look like here if you two win the LP nom.

    Well, in an effort to stave off health problems for Americans, Keaton/Shinghal 2012 just promised all an orgasm a day.

    Oh, and I think that Ignizio being hot is likely a Motta girls issue; my cousin Cardella said he’s way hot and she doesn’t give two shits about fiscal responsibility. ;o)

  25. while the Lions attendance is horrible for an NFL team (and deservedly), they still put 60K+ paid asses in the seats weekly. The expos weren’t hitting 15K before they perished. Less fans than the Nationals, and that is a really low bar to clear.

    This is almost too easy.
    In 50+ years the Lions have won exactly one playoff game.
    In this century, the Lions have yet to have a .500 season.
    They are sold out for the game tomorrow. The fans still shell out the sheckels to watch these bums play.
    Oh yeah, taxpayer subsidies for Ford Field of course.

  26. One other point, 60K x 8 home games < 15K x 81 home games.

  27. Hey, I like the Village People, errrr, The Columbus Crew.

    Our taxpayer subsidized soccer stadium here in Utah is Rio Tinto Stadium. Which is easily changed to Riot Into Stadium.

  28. Yeah, I know. It’s impossible to compare foot ball attendance to baseball. That’s why I chose the expos……

  29. J sub,
    “One other point, 60K x 8 home games < 15K x 81 home games.”

    This is why I’m a football fan: Traffic hell occurs only 8 times a year, instead of 81.

  30. So if the 2 guys who want the change are city councilmen, are the folks who don’t want the change Citi councilmen?

  31. I’d give the Crew props if not for the fact that their supporters group’s name is inspired by one of the top 10 “I could have made a better movie with no resources besides my dog and a bologna sandwich” films of the decade.

  32. They tried this here in Seattle when the Mariners demanded a new ball park so they could win again (see how that worked out). And the ballot measure that would have funded the construction of Safeco field was defeated by the voters. But guess what – they built it anyway.

  33. The Slate article on this had the punchline that the field will be covered by the TARP tarp.

  34. “Now two New York City councilmen would like to amend that name to “Citi/Taxpayer Field.”

    Sure – and while we’re at it, we can rename Washington D.C. to “Taxpayer Sinkhole City”.

  35. We need to remind all of the folks who don’t give a damn about sports that they are helping to pay for some billionaires ego boosting hobby (and the mayor’s regular visits to his luxury suite).

    This fucking council is so beholden to Boss Bloomberg that even that kind of appeal means nothing to them. If it was anything other than a stadium, there’d be a chance of getting their attention. But when you’ve got billionaire owners and a billionaire mayor on one side, and a sports-crazy constituency on the other that will have your head if you do anything to jeopardize “their team”… there’s just no chance for common sense to prevail.

  36. “Perhaps a name change is in order, since it will be the taxpayers of the country who will foot the bill for not only part of stadium, but for the company itself,”

    Their plan, while admirable, doesn’t go far enough. The name should not be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field, but Taxpayer/Taxpayer field.

    Citi is a public sector company, and their executive board and employees are now civil servants.

  37. And what the heck is a Motta girl? I’m guessing something Italiana.

  38. Geez, the next thing you know, these Bridge ‘n’ Tunnel Republican ethnic types will want to use school vouchers to pay for their Papist schools.

  39. And what the heck is a Motta girl?

    Family name. You guessed right.

  40. Complete bullshit. Not to mention the eminent domain the government enforced around the stadium.

  41. @Alan Vanneman

    If you think those activities mentioned while having a team/club in town aren’t regression, you’ve never heard a real conversation.

  42. Are you kidding me? They are crying the blues yet they have millions to still give away to stupid sports stuff.

    http://www.anonymity.cz.tc

  43. Best sports venue name ever, hands down: Monster Park.

    RE Citi Stadium, I can only hear the voice of that South Park “City Wok” Chinese Restaurant guy in my mind’s ear:

    “OK, you tricky Mongorians! You wanna see a ballgame in my Shitty Stadium? You gonna pay!”

    “Shitty Stadium” it will always be. But Monster Park will always be cool (at least, until they change the name again).

  44. May I suggest – Bailout Ballpark
    That’s what I’m calling it!

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  48. The taxpayers are spending billions for this company to maintain its operations and deserve the recognition for their largess.”

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