Venue News & Notes: Dodger Stadium Is Taking Names

Topping today’s venue news is a new name in Dodgertown — or a series of new names, as the case may be. Much of Dodger Stadium is available for corporate sponsorship, although the stadium’s name will remain intact. Companies that want their name seen there can buy the rights to a variety of features, including even the parking gates.
…Dodger Stadium will still be called Dodger Stadium in the years ahead, but much of the place is now available to be renamed — for a price — by corporate sponsors willing to add their brand to familiar features at Chavez Ravine. Available canvases include the bullpens, dugouts, base lines, outfield pavilions, parking gates, press box, Stadium Club, luxury suites, and clubhouse. The team’s newly adopted spring-training facilities in
Arizona are also up for grabs…
…Calgary, Alberta’s Centennial Arena expansion project finally has the funding together to break ground on a new ice rink early next year. The province and the city announced $10.17 million in funding for the project, which has been in the works since 2003. The plan is to build two rinks at Centennial, doubling its size…
…A marquee college-basketball matchup could soon be joining the big events at the Cowboys’ new $1.1 billion stadium in Arlington. Officials from the University of
Texas and the University of
North Carolina are in serious discussions with the Cowboys for a game that would pit the two national powers early next season at the stadium, according to UT athletic department sources…
…Construction that was supposed to start this fall on a new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Florida Marlins probably will have to wait for better economic times. Katy Sorensen, a
Miami-Dade County commissioner, says she expects support for the $515 million Marlins ballpark to dissipate. Florida’s real estate market is one of the hot spots in a foreclosure crisis that has helped bring down several major banks and sparked a selling frenzy in global markets.

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