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Scs100
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anyone know how much money it would take to rename CoPa?

If you could, what would you name it?

(Message edited by SCS100 on March 06, 2007)
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

comerica has a 30 year, 66 million dollar lease, with a 5 year option. Not gonna change
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Bob
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tiger Stadium, but not gonna happen. How about Kaline Field? But we will end up with Little Caesars Field, since there will not be any other major corporations left in Michigan after the next two years at this rate.
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3420
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Honestly, I think it should be renamed. I have had problems with Comerica for awhile, especially in customer service. But as I was reading comments on the Detroit News and Freep forums, I like the suggestion of naming it Harwell Stadium.

As a former employee who worked the 2000-2001 season at Comerica Park, I hated that name for some reason. It just didn't ring with me.I always thought it should have been Tiger Stadium.
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Scottr
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It could change, if someone offered them the right price. I'm not holding my breath, but it is always a possibility.

If I have to go with a corporate sponser (a virtual certainty), I wouldn't mind Cadillac Park.
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Scs100
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Both sound good. If anyone here wins the lottery, will they try and change the naming rights, please?!
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 9:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As a former employee who worked the 2000-2001 season at Comerica Park, I hated that name for some reason. It just didn't ring with me.I always thought it should have been Tiger Stadium.

Could be worse: San Diego has Petco Park, and Houston has Minute Maid Park.
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Bohemianrobot
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 10:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wonder how long before the Palace becomes a corporate named arena. I have a funny feeling the new Red Wings arena will have a corporate name...
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 10:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bohemian, I would bet on Olympia/New Olympia Stadium for the new Wings arena; this is Ilitch family company name, and is the same as the Wings original arena, so it would not be bad.

I think Comerica will hold on to their naming rights for the Tigers' stadium, just as a token; there's no doubt that even after the HQ move they are still a major bank in the area, the problem is, a lot of the symbolism is gone with the HQ being moved, and they will try to create an image of being a local bank by keeping the name rights.

Any extra profits they make because of their new HQ should be reinvested in the Detroit financial market/community, if they really wanted to show that they still cared.
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Scottr
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 10:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mackinaw, two reasons why that won't happen:

1. The Olympia name has little marketing value. It doesn't bring more money into a Little Caesars or any other of his businesses. You'll see Little Caesars Arena or even MotorCity Casino Arena before Olympia.

2. Ilitch would probably prefer to use someone else's money to help pay for construction, rather than taking money out of his own pocket. Perhaps a different pocket, but still, it doesn't really make financial sense. Granted, Ford Field could be said to be a case against this argument, but I don't see Ilitch following suit, since he already could have done the same for Comerica Park.

as a side note, too bad the local casino and team ownership situation wasn't different. You could have Little Caesars Palace of Auburn Hills. now that's marketing gold right there! :-)
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Lilpup
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Olympia would bring a hell of a lot of money to Red Wings games
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Catman_dude
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about Tiger Field? Tiger Park? Detroit Stadium? Detroit Ball Park?

I kinda like "Tiger Park". It's like "Tiger Stadium" but notes that it is a different stadium.
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Blort
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The city of Detroit must have been on strong crack to ever let anyone name the ballpark "Comerica Park".

I have never, and will never like that tacky cookie-cutter corporate ballpark.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chitaku Field Has a nice ring
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Detroitstar
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hot 'n Ready Field!
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Blort
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 1:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Blort Stadium would be badass as well.
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Lilpup
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 1:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Den? could have the Lions' Den and the Tigers' Den

Cadillac Park is good - city oriented even if GM doesn't want to participate - though Ford might not like it so nearby

Fox Park
Straits Park
Kowalski Park - they can provide the dogs as payment for the name

I like Harwell Field, too
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Yaktown
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 2:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DetroitYES! Stadium...come on Lowell, pony up those bucks
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Detroitstar
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 4:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's fun to joke about renaming the stadium, but based on the contract that will never happen.

Last year there was an article in one of the papers discussing how Comerica makes a crap ton of money off those naming rights.

It's estimated that they make $1,000 for every time someone mentions the name in conversation, $2,0000 each time the name appears in a picture or on TV, and $3,000 each time the name is mentioned on television.

There is certainly a huge financial advantage in having your name on such a fine product as Comerica Park.
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Billpdx
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Family Dollar Stadium
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Another corporation could buy out the naming rights from Comerica if Comerica wanted to sell, which is probably not the case either. Comerica wants to keep its presence in the city.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Faygo Field.
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Danny
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Illitchville needs a ball park named after him. Let's called it Mike Illitch Park.
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Catman_dude
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 9:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tiger Bowl. Tiger Coliseum. Grand Tiger Park. Grand Tiger Coliseum. Diamond Bowl. Tiger Diamond Park. Grand Detroit Coliseum. Diamond Field.

Strohs Park. Towne Club Field. Twin Pines Park. The Great Late Hudson's Field.

Tiger Battlefield.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 10:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The naming of ball parks and arenas is now big business. I don't see the name of Comerica Park changing until the contract runs out. The naming rights for stadiums are for name recognition so for the new hockey stadium to be named Olympia, the new Olympia or even anything remotely close to that doesn't make sense unless you happen to have an established brand called Olympia- and while the Ilitch family does have Olympia Entertainment, who really knows that on the national scope? Unless the Ilitches plan on expanding the Olympia brand, I don't see how they can pass up having someone else help fund the place.

Gone are the days of naming a ball park or stadium in honor of anyone or anything.
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 11:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Foxtown Baseball Diamond?

Comerica isn't selling those naming rights any time soon. Three years ago, maybe. But not now that the Tigers are a team that people are paying attention to again. The gold isn't in Detroit knowing their name (we already knew their name!) but in the rest of America knowing it.

Most of the people in my office here in NY know the name of the park (the sports heads at least) but don't know that it's named after a bank.
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Quinn
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 11:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I bet it becomes Compuware Park, Rock Financial Park, or GM Park (or one of the subsids).

I can't believe they are moving...still blows my mind about Comerica. Totally sucks...but hey, you take the good WITH the bad. We'll survive.
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Xd_brklyn
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 12:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wait a minute, weren't we supposed to have fond memories of this park in another 30 years like we have of Tiger Stadium? Isn't Comerica Park the place we're going to be telling our kids about?

You're making us old Tiger Stadium fools look wiser by the day.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 1:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How can you even complain about the name Comerica Park? Obviously none of you have ever gone to see the Mudhens play down at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. LOL

Anyhow, I put my vote in for Harwell Field
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Quinn
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 2:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like Foxtown Park the best if no corp. sponsors.

Or Hell...why not Tiger Stadium?
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Mikeydbn
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 3:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tiger Park was the original name used for the stadium before Comerica purchased the naming rights.
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Fury13
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 4:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I vote for Sumitomo Stadium, after the bank that actually provided the major part of the financing. How about showing some gratitude? Or would there be resistance to that because that bank is (gasp) Japanese?
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Scs100
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No. The only Japanese I hate are Toyota.
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Jt1
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 5:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a pointless thread. I wish my firewall let me get to other board. I bet they are having a great time with this.
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Scs100
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 5:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Was there really any point when I thought about it? No. I just did it for fun.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 6:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When Detroit Bank and Trust disappeared, you knew they could move anywhere.
National Bank of Detroit, gone.
Detroit Bank and Trust, gone.
First Federal Savings of Michigan, gone.
Commonwealth Bank of Detroit, gone.
Detroit and Northern Bank, gone.

Are there any banks called Detroit anymore?

Ralph Nader Park, he saved Poletown.

jjaba, LOL.
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Gistok
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And also Manufacturers Bank, which merged with Comerica in the 1990's...
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Terryh
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Name it after Coleman Young or Kwame Kilpatrick.
How about the peoples socialist workers field.
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Scs100
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That would've probably worked in Moscow about 20 years ago.

(Message edited by SCS100 on March 07, 2007)
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Bob
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It will not be Rock Financial Field. Rock/Quicken will be the next business to move to the Sunbelt. They will go where the loans are to be made, and it is not here. I hope I am wrong, but I do not see them staying here.
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Yaktown
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On a side note, I think Detroit is the only city to have all 4 major sports teams play in separate arenas/stadiums. In some cities, the basketball and hockey teams share one arena and even some football and baseball teams play on the same field. Off the top of my head, we're probably the only city to not have all the arenas with corporate names. Secretly, I always hoped that the city of Auburn Hills would have paid for the naming rights to the Palace. At least it wouldn't be the Rock Financial Palace or the Oakland Press Palace.
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 9:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Off the top of my head, we're probably the only city to not have all the arenas with corporate names."

Madison Square Gardens.
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Scs100
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 9:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

New York, New Jersey (for now), Dallas, Boston, Philidelphia, LA, Phoenix, Chicago, Toronto, Colorado/Denver, Minnesota, Washington, and Atlanta all share hockey/basketball stadiums, I believe. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 10:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So maybe they'll bring the Piston's back to Detroit when they build the new hockey arena.
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Scs100
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 10:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With Davidson owning the Palace, not likely.
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Mpow
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 11:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its "The Ball Park" for me. I use that one for free.
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Jjaba
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Itsjeff Stadium, named for a Detroit icon.

jjaba.

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