For many years now, sports stadiums and performance halls have been named after banks and other corporate entities rather than something with a shred of character or local reference. Here in Seattle, for example, we have Key Arena (Key Bank), WaMu Theater, Bank of America Arena, Qwest Field, Safeco Field, etc. But is it me, or are the names getting tackier by the minute? When I found out that we’ll be seeing Tina Turner in the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ, I about fell off my chair. Jobing.com?? Are they serious? Of course they are. Some stupid website paid big money for the privilege of stinking up Glendale with that name, because it’s alllll about money. These corporate fuckity-fucks will do anything to get their company names into your face — it’s one of the most obnoxious forms of marketing there is.
Here are some of the worst ones I’ve been able to find on Ticketmaster (may they roast in Hell for their anti-consumer fees and practices). These are truly embarrassing. Corporations really do own everything, don’t they? How’d you like to go see a show at Pizza Hut Park? Jesus Effing Christ.
- Jobing.com Arena – Glendale, AZ
- Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
- Pepsi Center – Denver, CO (I’d like to try ordering a Coke here.)
- Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
- Amway Arena – Orlando, FL (An arena built upon a pyramid scheme?)
- Superpages.com Center – Dallas, TX (Sigh.)
- Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
- Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center – Canandaigua, NY
- Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO
- General Motors Place – Vancouver, BC
- AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
- Verizon Sports Arena – Arlington, WV
- Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
- Tropicana Field – St Petersburg, FL
- Jenny Craig Pavilion – San Diego, CA (do they weigh you before you enter?)
I know there are more out there, so feel free to chime in with the ones you find most disgusting!