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The 25 Worst Sports Stadium Names in America

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Enron FIeld 560x280With the economy struggling, professional sports team continue to find themselves making a profit. One of their biggest streams of revenue is the easiest, the naming rights to their stadium.

Just because the sports teams are doing fine, that does not mean all big businesses are profitable. This has forced many of them to enter into new streams of advertising and having a stadium named after the company seems like a great choice.

Stadium Names

Think about it for a few minutes. How many times will you see the name of a NFL stadium, during the season, broadcast all over television and the internet for millions to see? But this has also given a new meaning to the term “selling out”. The highest bidder wins the naming rights and that has led to an increase in the most ridiculous of names for some of our favorite sports stadiums.

Here are the 25 worst sports stadium names in America.

25. Barclays Center

  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Sport: Basketball, Ice Hockey
  • Team: Brooklyn Nets (NBA), New York Islanders (NHL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2009
    • Details: $200 million

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24. Quicken Loans Arena

  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Team: Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2005
    • Details: $3-$4 million a season

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23. StubHub Center

  • Location: Carson, California
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Team: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), LA Galaxy II (USL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2013
    • Details: It was once named the Home Depot Center until 2013 when StubHub entered into a contract with AEG to become the naming rights partner.

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22. Target Field

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Team: Minnesota Twins (MLB)
  • Term
    • Year: 2008
    • Details: 25 year deal worth around $2-$4 million annually

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21. Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

  • Location: Grand Chute, Wisconsin
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Team: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MWL)

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20. WakeMed Soccer Park

  • Location: Cary, North Carolina
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Teams/College: Carolina Railhawks (PDL & NPSL), NC State (NCAA), Raliegh Flyers (AUDL)
    • Year: 2015
    • Details: 3-years, $945,000

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19. Camping World Stadium

  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Sport: Football, Soccer
  • Team(s): Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando City SC (MLS), Orlando Pride (NWSL), Camping World Kickoff
  • Term
    • Year: 2016
    • Details: Multi-year deal, not much details are available yet.

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18. Arm & Hammer Park

  • Location: Trenton, New Jersey
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Team: Trenton Thunder (EL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2012
    • Details: The deal is set for 20 years but they did not disclose the details of the sponsorship.

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17. UFCU Disch-Falk Field

  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Sport: Baseball
  • College: Texas Longhorns (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2015
    • Details: 15-years, $13.1 million ($1.5 million initially as a gift)

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16. Cooley Law School Stadium

  • Location: Lansing, Michigan
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Teams/College: Lansing Lugnuts (MWL), Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2010
    • Details: 11-years, $1.485 million

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15. Minute Maid Park

  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Team: Houston Astros (MLB)
  • Term
    • Year: 2002
    • Details: 30-years, $100 million

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14. Bojangles Coliseum

  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Team: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2008
    • Details: 10-years, $1.25 million

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13. Gila River Arena

  • Location: Glendale, Arizona
  • Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Team: Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2014
    • Details: 10-years, $30 million

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12. KFC Yum! Center

  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sports: Basketball, Volleyball
  • College: Univeristy of Louisville (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2010
    • Details: 10-years, $13.5 million

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11. Save Mart Center at Fresno State

  • Location: Fresno, California
  • Sport: Basketball
  • College: Fresno State (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2003
    • Details: 20-years, $40 million

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10. Target Center

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sports: Basketball
  • Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
  • Term
    • Year: Renewed in 2015
    • Details: 15-years, $1.875 million

Target is currently ranked 11th in the U.S. among retail companies but even with that much power and revenue, having a NBA arena named Target Center isn’t something that sounds enticing. What’s next, Wal-Mart Arena?

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9. Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sport: Football
  • College: University of Louisville (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2015
    • Details: 10-years, $5 million

After Peyton Manning bought 22 Papa John’s franchises in the Denver area back in 2012, the next step would be to name the University of Tennessee football, his alma mater, stadium after the pizza company. But they ended up signing with the University of Louisville’s football stadium instead. Not that Peyton is complaining because what sounds better? Neyland Stadium or Papa John’s Volunteers Stadium?

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8. Smoothie King Center

  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Team: New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2014
    • Details: 10-years, $40 million

In 2014, the New Orleans Arena became known as the Smoothie King Center making everything about this world come full circle. It isn’t bad enough that we are naming stadiums after fast food restaurants, now we are naming them after smoothie drink companies?

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7. Talking Stick Resort Arena

  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sports: Basketball, Arena Football
  • Teams: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Rattlers (AFL), Phoeniz Mercury (WNBA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2014
    • Details: Undisclosed

If you have ever been to Arizona, especially around the Phoenix area, you know about the abundance of Indian casinos located out there. So naming a sports arena after one is something that the fans have gotten used to seeing.

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6. Whataburger Field

  • Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Team: Corpus Christi Hooks (TL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2014
    • Details: 15-years, Financials Undisclosed

Are you tired of hearing bad jokes about fast food chains buying up all the naming rights available in sports? We are! But in 2014, Whataburger went out and purchased the rights to the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball field while also adding a 1,000 sq-foot restaurant inside the stadium itself.

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5. Clipper Magazine Stadium

  • Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Teams: Lancaster Barnstormers (ALFB), Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2005 (Extended through 2019)
    • Details: 15-years, Financials Undisclosed

If the others weren’t bad enough, this stadium was named after a magazine that specializes in coupons. We hope they got the naming rights for a discount.

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4. Valley View Casino Center

  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Sports: Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer
  • Teams: San Diego Gulls (AHL), San Diego Sockers (MASL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2010 (Extended through 2018)
    • Details: $1.5 Million (One-time)

This is one of those naming rights that sounds like it was part of a money laundering mob deal. How can a casino be owner of a sports stadium and include the word Casino in the title? It sounds bad, all over.

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3. Taco Bell Arena

  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Sports: Basketball, Wrestling, Gymnastics
  • College: Boise State
  • Term
    • Year: 2004, 15-years
    • Details: $4 Million (One-time)

How can you tell anyone you are going to watch the game at Taco Bell Arena? It sounds more like a food court that a sports stadium. Boise State, however, loves their arena and doesn’t seem to mind that it is named after a fast food Mexican restaurant. They just better have a large set of bathrooms throughout the arena.

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2. Dunkin’ Donuts Center

  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Sports: Basketball, Ice Hockey
  • Teams/College: Providence Friars (NCAA), Providence Bruins (AHL)
  • Term
    • Year: 2011 (Extended 10 Years)
    • Details: $425,000/Year

Dunkin’ Donuts makes a mean jelly donut. It’s a beautiful sugar-covered masterpiece filled with as much jelly as legally possible that is 270 calories of pure insanity. However, basketball players rarely, if ever, eat donuts. Great taste or not, telling someone you are going to watch a basketball game at an arena with the word donut in the title, can be confusing.

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1. University of Phoenix Stadium

  • Location: Glendale, Arizona
  • Sport: Football
  • Team: Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Fiesta Bowl (NCAA)
  • Term
    • Year: 2006
    • Details: $154.5 Million over 20 years

The University of Phoenix, one of the largest online colleges in America, bought the naming rights to a professional football stadium without even having football, or any other sport? Who are they trying to advertise to? It seems that sponsorships are less about the sport, city, and culture, and more about the almighty dollar. Money talks in this business, everything else doesn’t even get a chance to walk.

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