A few weeks ago, it became public knowledge that US Bank, after having assisted the team in assuring their downtown stadium got built, would retain the rights to name the new palace. It seems to be a foregone conclusion now that, like the vast majority of other teams in the league, we will eventually be forced to mention the name some large multibillion-dollar company every time we talk about our homefield. Not just any multibillion-dollar company, but the cliche among all of these, a BANK!
Here’s a list of all the current stadium names in the NFL:
Metlife – Insurance Company – Giants & Jets
Lambeau Field – Historic Head Coach – Packers
AT&T Stadium – Telecommunications – Cowboys
Arrowhead Stadium – Team Logo – Chiefs
FedEx Field – Shipping Company – Washington
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Sporting Goods Conglomorate – Broncos
Sun Life Stadium – Life Insurance – Dolphins
Bank of America Stadium – BANK! – Panthers
Mercedez-Benz Superdome – Car Dealer – Saints
FirstEnergy Stadium – Energy Company – Browns
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Team Founder/Owner – Bills
Qualcomm Stadium – Telecommunications – Chargers
Georgia Dome – State of Georgia- Falcons
NRG Stadium – Energy Company – Texans
M&T Bank Stadium – BANK! – Ravens
Lincoln Financial Field – Holding Company (BANK!) – Eagles
Nissan Stadium – Car Dealer – Titans
Gillette Stadium – Bathroom Supplies – Patriots
Levi’s Stadium – Clothing Company – 49ers
EverBank Field – BANK! – Jaguars
CenturyLink Field – Telecommunications – Seahawks
Raymond James Stadium – Holding COmpany (BANK!) – Buccaneers
Paul Brown Stadium – Team Founder (Browns Legend) – Bengals
Edward Jones Dome – Financial Services – Rams
Heinz Field – Food Company – Steelers
Ford Field – Car Dealer – Lions
Lucas Oil Stadium – Fossil Distributing Company – Colts
Soldier Field – US Troops Recognition – Bears
TCF Stadium – BANK! – Temporary squatting grounds for the Vikings
So, out of 32 teams, we have 2 Energy Companies, 2 Insurance Companies, 3 Telecommunications Companies, 3 car dealers, and 7 Banks/Investment Firms! Add to that, 6 other stadiums named by a unique style of business, (Bathroom Supplies, Food, Clothes, Fossils, Shipping, Sporting Goods), and we’re left with only 6 venues that have a name that mean something to their respective fans.
So how can we get around that? After a national bank has invested over a hundred million dollars on the naming rights, it seems like a lost cause now. But maybe the future isn’t quite so bleak. Afterall, Mall Of America Field was still the Metrodome to all of the loyal fans, and I’m pretty sure most Broncos fans stick with Mile High Stadium, especially since the name has an extra meaning since November 6, 2012.
But of course, those were names that existed before money grubbing owners sold out for a little extra profit. So where does our hope lie? Maybe it lies lies in doing something new and revolutionary in the stadium naming history. What if someone were able to convince US Bank to give us a meaningful name, while keeping their own name attached to the stadium. Something akin to US Bank Field at Valhalla Stadium, Asgaard Field at US Bank Stadium or Ragnarok Battlegrounds at US Bank Stadium. This way, whenever mentioned on the radio or TV, the Bank would still get their advertising, but the fans would get to call it something that they loved!
But what about this makes it revolutionary? That’s where my idea kicks into gear. The Bank could generate a whole lot of extra advertising and positive vibes towards their company by holding a stadium naming competition! Get a list of the best names anyone can add to the boring US Bank portion of the name, and have a fan vote to decide what our home will be called! Just think about how much interest a gimmick like this would generate in the team AND its sponsors! Now if only there were a way to contact the sponsors and convince them that they need to go with my idea…
Anyways, throw your vote in below! Do you like any of the names I suggested, or do you have a better one that I haven’t proposed?
Something this grandiose deserves a better name than U.S. Bank