Saturday, May 21, 2005

What is in a Name?

The Valley
Originally uploaded by sethsdisciple.
Sometimes I forget how truly delightful the English are. Even their soccer holligans have some taste.

On this side of the pond, about 10 years ago we really started screwing up how we name sports stadiums, and we're getting worse.

Sports are supposed to be fun, but corporate America has taken hold. There are a few counter examples left, like Fenway Park, but a cool 5-10 million bucks for "naming rights" means we end up with more Miller Parks and Federal Express Fields. Bah. Almost worse is when fans protest losing a classic name like Mile High Stadium and we end up with crap like Invesco Field at Mile High.

So here is to the Brits, and some of my favourite names from the Premier League.

Highbury - Home of (the) Arsenal
St. Andrews - Home of Birmingham City FC
Ewood Park - Home of Blackburn Rovers
The Valley - Home of Charlton Athletic
Stamford Bridge - Home of Chelsea
Craven Cottage - Home of Fulham FC
Anfield - Home of Liverpool FC
Old Trafford - Home of Manchester United
Carrow Road - Home of Norwich City FC

And my favorite

The Hawthorns - Home of West Bromwich Albion

(We won't mention Reebok Stadium.)


Blogger Dave(id) said...

No worries, because soon Man. U. will be the Manchester Buccaneers and all the Englishmen will protest but one foreign fan will stand strong, Pakes, cause he loves a good pirate-like name.

2:14 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Well, he's already got the shirt to support the new side!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Trundling_Grunt said...

And what's wrong with White Hart Lane?

8:43 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Ug, it was on the list...when I wrote them I tried to put them in some order and lost White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur FC!


10:27 PM  
Blogger Count said...

re Man U - no one outsie MU fans will protest! They are universally reviled!

The creeping Americanism is... err... creeping in. Leicester play at the Walkers Stadium (crisps), Bolton at the Reebok Stadium (slaves) and now Hull City (lower league team!) have moved from the glorious, yet decaying, Boothferry Park - a name that would strike terror to visiting teams - and now play at the KC stadium (named after Kingston Communications, the worst telecoms company in the world).

What a crap name for a superb new stadium! Why not call it West Park after the park they built it on?! Oh no, that would not be corporate enough!

3:16 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Count, I can only apologize. I just don't think they can turn down the cash.

Have you have the potentially worse syndrome of grounds being renamed on an almost yearly basis?

Such as the Edward Jones Dome, nee the Dome at America's Center (ack!), nee TransWorld Dome.

Candlestick Park started this whole mess, and I have no idea what it is even called any more it has changed so often.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous trundling_grunt said...

Some aren't altered by the name change....Hoosier Dome...RCA Dome...potato...potato (loses something in print, that last bit). It's the loss of names like Mile High that bites.

Maybe soon they'll all be Chapter 11 Park?

9:38 PM  

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