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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let's Rename That One Stadium!

Posted by on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

UPDATE! The polls are open over here!

So we have learned that the stadium that used to be called Qwest Field is now purportedly to be called "Century Link" (a name that is 11 years old-news or 89 years too-soon, depending). Why? Catalina Vel-DuRay makes an excellent point:

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And MacCrocodile, defender of civic freedom, makes a very sensible suggestion:

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Let's do it, Sloggers—let's rename that one stadium! Put your new name for it in the comments (or speak up for your favorites), and later we'll have a legally binding poll. Then it shall be done.

 

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Fnarf 1
I'm going to call it Qwest Field for another ten years at least.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM · Report this
meowmeowkitty 4
I always call it "one of those big stadium thingies".
Posted by meowmeowkitty on June 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM · Report this
5
It'll always be Royal Brougham Park to me.
Posted by dylansean http://www.successless.org on June 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM · Report this
6
Mayor McGinn's 'Slip-N-Slide' Waterpark.
Posted by beansarelame on June 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM · Report this
stinkbug 7
the Clinkdome.
Posted by stinkbug on June 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM · Report this
Soupytwist 9
Can we call it the King Dome? Just so Wing Dome makes sense again?
Posted by Soupytwist http://twitter.com/katherinesmith on June 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Vince 10
Sea Shell Stadium.
Posted by Vince on June 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 11
Seattle Sounders Stadium works for me.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on June 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Hernandez 12
I'm with Fnarf, I'll be calling it Qwest out of force of habit for quite a while. But once I work my way out of that, screw this "Clink" business, it will be alternately "Seahawks Stadium" or "Sounders Stadium", depending on who I'm there to see.
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on June 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Foghorn Leghorn 13
How about "Paul Allen's Folly"?
Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
14
I'm with those who don't call it anything, really. It's "the stadium", and the other one is "the ballpark". But if we must give it a proper name, I hope it will include the word "Sounders".
Posted by gloomy gus on June 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Scalpel 16
"Legislative Fiat Park" or "NexttotheSounders Stadium" or "LoserLand"

But I suspect that it will end up being called "The Clink", and that's not too bad.
Posted by Scalpel on June 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM · Report this
wisepunk 17
We now have the key, the safe, and the clink. Prisoners of taxpayer funded stadiums.
Posted by wisepunk on June 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Scalpel 18
Oh wait, wrong stadium. You can tell how memorable they are by the fact that I can't tell them apart...
Posted by Scalpel on June 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM · Report this
rob! 19
Flower-sniffin' kitty-pettin' baby-kissin' corporate-sports whores.

Too long? Too soon?
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on June 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM · Report this
20
Second @5. Royal Brougham Park. RBP for short. If you don't know who Royal Brougham is, look him up, a Seattle sports legend.
Posted by giffy on June 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM · Report this
picaroon 21
"Not Bankrupt Yet" Stadium
Posted by picaroon on June 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM · Report this
Scalpel 22
How about "The Green Mile"? It's where the hopes and dreams of other soccer teams come to die.

But after some thought, I think I'm with Hernandez: I'll call it "Sounders Field" from now on.
Posted by Scalpel on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Banna 23
"Publicly Funded" Stadium. or "The PF" (pronounced pfft)
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM · Report this
24
Why not honor a famous (and dead, so they can't embarrass you) Seattleite? Chief Sealth and Jimi Hendrix come to mind.

Jimi Hendrix Stadium... I like the sound of that!
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on June 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM · Report this
25
We should tear down both stadiums and replace them with a neo-Bauhausian-Kingdome that suits the PNW, somewhere in Renton. Better access to cars (yeah, and transit). Make it an All Ball (and puck) sports complex.

Nice air conditioning...yum.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM · Report this
26
The Fucking Money Pit.
Posted by POH on June 28, 2011 at 9:41 AM · Report this
27
Eh, scratch RBP, after all the whining from the various idiots about public financing, we should call it Suck It Stadium.
Posted by giffy on June 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 28
@15 gets my vote so far.

Some other thoughts:
Pacific Universal T-something Arena
Qwest Under a New Title

Or we could all collectively decide it's named after a local business we like. Do we like Ivar's? I could get behind calling it Ivar's Field. The Clam, maybe?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on June 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM · Report this
seandr 29
Name it Perennial Loser Park until the Seahawks and Sounders stop sucking.
Posted by seandr on June 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Knat 30
POH beat me to it. Considering how sports stadiums are viewed by so many in this city, I think it's appropriate.
Posted by Knat on June 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM · Report this
bhowie 31
The God-damn-traffic-I'm-just-trying-to-get-home-but-there's-a-fucking-ballgame Stadium.
Posted by bhowie on June 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM · Report this
32
Well I always referred to the phone co. as Qworst. Why not Qworst Field? A FU to both the phone co. and the teams that play there.
Posted by restlessnative on June 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM · Report this
lukeiscool 33
Let's just call it SPORTS!

This will help all the sloggers with nary a care for the world of Seattle athletics save for kickball.

"Where is Tim tonight?"
"Oh, he's at SPORTS!"
"Pfft, who goes to SPORTS! anymore?"
Posted by lukeiscool on June 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM · Report this
r.chops 34
seattle's stadium
Posted by r.chops on June 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Collin 35
I second the vote for @15.
Posted by Collin on June 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM · Report this
36
@24 almost. What Paul Allen should've named it from the start - Hendrix Field. It has that 2-1 syllable flow like Fenway or Wrigley. And the intro tunes would rock.
Posted by DawginExile on June 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM · Report this
37
Gotta be Seahawks Stadium. For the Sounders games, I'm fine with using the video-game-themed field name: XBOX Pitch at Seahawks Stadium. I mean, we have XBOX Live on the jerseys, so it's no biggie including that in the field name...

Or maybe we could call it the Don James Pitch at Seahawks Stadium, just to annoy Mr. James. Didn't he oppose soccer being played at Husky Stadium during the World Cup being held in the US?
Posted by jsr1138 on June 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Medina 38
@20, thanks for the tip. I'm more educated today than yesterday. Good article on Royal Brougham here: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?Dis…
Posted by Medina on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM · Report this
39
another vote for Tuba Man Memorial Field, although I actually think that the arena at Seattle Center is a better place for that name.
Posted by The mayor on June 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM · Report this
40
I've always called it the Salt Shaker, as in we had to have a fucking matched set of salt and pepper shaker stadiums to appease the powers that be who collect these things, and the white one is the salt shaker. Safeco is, of course, the Pepper Shaker.
Posted by el ganador on June 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM · Report this
41
I propose "The Balliseum," a derivative of coliseum. It's fun to say and sounds vaguely dirty.
Posted by slappy on June 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Fnarf 42
@29, you're not keeping up. The Sounders are very close to the top of the league, just .21 points per match behind the leader, LA (whom we meet next weekend down in Carson). We're the hottest team in MLS in the past month.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM · Report this
ryanayr 43
The Vomitorium
Posted by ryanayr on June 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 44
@41: The Ballshack?
Posted by Cracker Jack on June 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM · Report this
lostboy 45
So far, I like "The Clam" by @28. Other ideas:
The Football Stadium
Taxpayer Teat
Posted by lostboy http://plus.google.com/104883658551712008719 on June 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 46
I've already renamed it Sounders Stadium and am trademarking that worldwide.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on June 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM · Report this
bhowie 47
How about Only Men Play Here Stadium?
Posted by bhowie on June 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM · Report this
48
Sounders Stadium. Name it after a winning team.

Sodo Stadium. Be honest about where it is.

John T. Williams Field. That'll teach 'em.
Posted by K on June 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 49
International Green Ball Park or IGBP Stadium.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on June 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM · Report this
what_now 50
nth for Tuba Man Memorial Field. Royal Brougham Park is fine, but I have no idea how to pronounce it. Bro-ham? Bruff-'em? Brogue-am?
Posted by what_now on June 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM · Report this
51
@36 Thanks for fixing that. Much better!

Yeah, Hendrix Field.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on June 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 52
The Seattle Football Stadium.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Fnarf 53
I'm sorry -- you want to name it after a guy who got the hell out of Seattle as fast as he possibly could, long before he had his first interesting musical idea, and never came back? The connection between Seattle and Hendrix is slim and accidental. And I don't want to hear anymore goddamn terrible rock music when I'm sitting in the stands; Grammatrain was bad enough.

Might as well call it Ray Charles Stadium; at least he came here by choice, and recorded here.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM · Report this
treacle 54
Queendome.
Posted by treacle on June 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM · Report this
55
Debtors Fields
Taxpayers' Park
Awfuckitjusttakemywallet Stadium
Posted by Smartypants on June 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM · Report this
57
@50: It's pronounced "BREW-am", roughly. Silent english consonants are hard to type out. Anyway: if that's too hard, just go with RBP. I understand it's the term used by the rather frighteningly overly-devoted Sounders supporters, but there are a few thousand of us who already call it that!

Ultimately Fnarf is spot-on, though: so long as there is no "Grammatrain" played, I do not care what it is called.
Posted by Juris on June 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Lose-Lose 58
I have to disagree with Fnarf: Hendrix was a phenomenal musician who impacted music far more than Cobain (BTW, I'm glad no one suggested that); Seattle should milk the connection as much as possible, even if he hated the place. (Though ray Charles is not a bad choice, I don't think many people are aware of the connection).
Posted by Lose-Lose on June 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 59
I'm glad I live in a city where my stadiums are named for corporations that won't be acquired by anyone anytime soon.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM · Report this
61
How 'bout Seahawks Stadium as it was called when the durned thing was built before Qworst decided to name it after theyselves.
Posted by Weekilter on June 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM · Report this
62
Waste of taxpayer money.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on June 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM · Report this
63
Santordium

The Big Vage

The Vulv
Posted by Biff on June 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Fnarf 64
@59, you mean like Coors, owned by Molson, operated jointly with Miller in the US as "MillerCoors"? Uh-huh.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Dumpsterpaste 65
the butthead memorial stadium
Posted by Dumpsterpaste on June 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Zebes 66
The Super Soggy Slog-Specified Seattle Seahawks/Sounders Sports Suck Center.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on June 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 67
@ 64, they didn't rename the stadium, did they?

Unless you know of a pending merger by Anheiser Busch, my point stands.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM · Report this
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@61: Who the hell do you think sold the naming rights to Qwest, out of sheer greed?

Yes, that would be your beloved Seahawks and Sounders. By taking the cash they've forfeited any rights to the name, or goodwill.
Posted by bigyaz on June 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 69
@11 for the Seattle Sounders Stadium win.

But you can also refer to it as the Seattle Football Stadium, since football is soccer in 99.875 pct of the world.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on June 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 70
Ooh! I finally made it to the big time. I feel just like Dorothy Parker!
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on June 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 71
@70 - I called my mother as soon as I saw I had a comment noted on Slog.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on June 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM · Report this
hydrozoa 72
let's just cut to the chase and call it the wing dome. seahawks? wings? i don't know what a sounder is, but it might have wings too.

that or the sea-sound lounge.
Posted by hydrozoa on June 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Fnarf 73
@69, you are physically incapable of making factually correct statements, aren't you?

US + Canada + Australia + New Zealand + South Africa + Ireland + substantial portions of northern England = a hell of a lot more than .125% of the population of the earth. Everybody who is primarily interested in another code of football calls soccer "soccer" to distinguish them. In addition, soccer is well understood and commonly used as an alternate name throughout Asia and Africa.

Here's a tip: don't comment on soccer. Ever. You know NOTHING.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM · Report this
74
@72 The Sea-Sound Lounge is my new favorite.
Posted by Patr0ck http://patrick.livejournal.com on June 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM · Report this
wilbur@work 75
The Hag.
Posted by wilbur@work on June 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM · Report this
76
The Blood Bowl! Nerds unite!
Posted by Spike1382 on June 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM · Report this
77
@73 Football having historically been a more broad term for many different sports that one plays on ones feet using a ball. Association football being what we now call football or soccer, the later being a shortened 'Oxford er' version of association.
Posted by giffy on June 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 78
I'm just gonna throw this out there: Ingrid West Field.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on June 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Fnarf 79
@77. Quite so. Which is why people use "soccer" in countries where another kind of football is more common. No one in Australia or Canada would assume "soccer" if you said "football" to them. In Australia, soccer is the fourth-most-popular kind of football, after Australian Rules, Rugby League, or Rugby Union.

This difference is commonly used by ignoramuses like Will to either demonstrate the gross inferiority of Americans, or their own great familiarity with the ways of the world, but it always demonstrates instead the exact opposite.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM · Report this
80
Frances Farmer Field.
Posted by Brendan Kiley on June 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM · Report this
seandr 81
Fnarf @53: I've got it - Kurt Cobain Stadium!
Posted by seandr on June 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 82
@73 I count people who speak languages other than English, moron.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on June 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM · Report this
83
The Stadium Formerly Known as Qwest.
Posted by ddt58 on June 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM · Report this
84
Quincy Jones Stadium, no other Seattleite has done anything remotely as grand as producing Thriller.
Posted by tkm on June 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM · Report this
85
Palace! Of! Sport-ball! (P!O!S-b!)
Posted by easytarget on June 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM · Report this
pahana 86
I call it one more silly thing over which people are going to exercise their silly addictions to outrage.
Posted by pahana on June 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM · Report this
87
Phone Co. Field
Posted by hjermsted on June 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 88
@ 82, so you're discounting English speakers? You'd have to, for your "99.875%" figure to be anything but what Fnarf @ 79 said you were really doing.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 89
I speak quite a few languages and can read something like 40 dialects.

A lot of times I turn off the Chrome auto-translate because it gets in the way.

They call it football. U can't help American lack of language skills or travel experience.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on June 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM · Report this
kevomatic 90
Baby Got Back Field
Posted by kevomatic on June 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM · Report this
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@89: I don't even know what you're arguing, but the snide superiority is enough to make me hold the opposite opinion. Count me as a vote for the other side, whatever it is.

As for the stadium, can we go postmodern and call it Seatac Airport?
Posted by also on June 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM · Report this
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Hendrix Field! Born here, went to Garfield, and did indeed come back to visit - tho his heart was in NYC and London understandably. Why the hate, Fnarf? and what the hell is Grammatrain? I'm talking Hendrix!
Posted by DawginExile on June 28, 2011 at 8:03 PM · Report this
Roma 95
Sally Field.
Posted by Roma on June 28, 2011 at 10:26 PM · Report this
scojomojo 96
Posse field.
Posted by scojomojo on June 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM · Report this
97
SportsBall Arena Field Coliseum Thunderdome
Posted by Griffer on June 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Fnarf 98
@82, why you would discount English speakers when talking about the usage of an English word is something that only your 10-watt refrigerator-bulb mind can imagine.

As for your hilarious assertions @89, you have never successfully managed to use even French correctly here, let alone any other languages or, uh, dialects. Or do you want to try and bring up the "Courts du Palme" episode again?

You're an quasi-literate boob in any tongue, and you're wrong.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM · Report this
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Maybe I just haven't seen them, but it seems like we haven't had a really good Fnarf vs. WiS throw-down in a while. I've sure missed it.

I vote for Seattle Football Stadium. But I'm not sure my vote should count, as I live in Portland.
Posted by clashfan on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM · Report this
100
cock park
Posted by rutabaga pie on July 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 101
@98 you do realize that modern fridges use LED lights, right, Fnarf?

Or are you so out of it you think that people still have iceboxes?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on July 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 102
@100 for the Hundred Mile Stare Win.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on July 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM · Report this
103
Beast Mode Field. (BMF) for short.
ECS Park
WhatKindOfMoronCameUpWith"CenturyLink"- Arena. (too long?)
The Taco
I'd rather use Broadstripe and they really suck - Stadium.
Posted by Praetor on July 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM · Report this

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