Friday, January 29, 2016

Council To Ponder Naming of Arena

      The quest for dollars to mollify critics of the Arena project is leading again to the suggestion the name of the facililty be sold, like NFL stadiums are.   The name has value, particularly to a retailer like a car dealer. It's branding that routinely shows up in news and sports stories.
      However, in an interesting discussion on the radio today, callers noted they were troubled at a facility built at taxpayer expense being named after a business that throws in a few sheckels that in no way match the expenditure.
       Getting ten grand a year would be about the best you'd get and issuing a blanket call for offers won't yield much, especially since the facility is controversial as well as visible.
        City Hall doesn't have to scrape for coins in a bid to rationalize the project.  Just get it running and make sure it's used.
         Naming it can always be done later with the benefit of time and perspective.
         The other announcement today was a plan to rebid with no minimum the snack bar for the early months of operation till a decision is made on building a full concession stand.
         Unless someone has already agreed to bid, it would seem the easier route would be to replicate the snack bar operation from last year until a final plan is reached.
         Another influencial citizen mentioned to me the other night, maybe no food is needed as what is being served is bad for you anyway.
        

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

How did you arrive at the idea that you could only get $10k per year for naming rights? Wasn't Toyota paying $50k per year as the DPAO main sponsor? You see Pepsi and Coke paying that much just to be exclusive in schools.

Concerning whining [alleged tax payers], complaining about the sponsor not footing the entire arena bill. Grow up! Feel free to cough up the naming rights money. then you can call it the tax payer arena if you like. But money talks and BS walks.

Anonymous said...

There is no value. Not enough users. This isn't the Carrier Dome. There is one semi-pro user. And that is very sketchy. Two concerts a year...maybe. This is not a new idea as you have stated. Talked about years ago when it was being used.

Anonymous said...

Forget about naming the arena and start finding tenants for this 10 million dollar monster the city created and generate some income so the taxpayers are not paying for this another 30 years.

Anonymous said...

Must be 10:07 can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Otherwise he would have thought of selling naming rights AND finding tenants instead of choosing one over the other.

Anonymous said...


City just finding money to have a outlet for cooking a hot dog at the new Arena and now we're going to sell the naming rights. Give me a break, let Mel Bustler name it or simply call it Watertown.

Anonymous said...

I think we should name it for a NFP leader(s) for free. Some in the medical area.

Anonymous said...

Councilperson Macaluso hit it on the head - its all about the money not about the person. Her comment was revealing in that it conveyed the message it doesn't matter who comes forward and that the council would not have a problem with just about anybody.

Cell block be at Watertown Correctional bid $500!

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Another non-issue issue, but here we are anyway. Okay, how about we bid out and rename City Council? I open that bidding contest with my offer of:

S.I.C.C. [Special Interest Controlled Clique] pronounced "SICK." ® and ©

Go ahead tell me I'm wrong or off base. Oh, yeah their logo: Dollar Sign ($$$$).

May seem childish and that's my point ... so is this bid to name the arena .. how about just Watertown Arena or City Arena and leave the bidding alone???

Anonymous said...

The Mel Busler, Joe Rich, J St. Croix, Warren Fargo, Fred Garry, Ice Complex

Anonymous said...

I have a quesiton for the cry babies out there. How much would a commercial enterprise have to cough up before you sanctimonious turds would sell the name? Does it have to be the full $13 million renovation price tag or would they have to give extra to pay for the original building too... or would you settle for 11 or 10 million?

The answer is that the swanctmonouse idiots have already spoken and said, "no amount of money will buy the name." But now that I ask the quesiton, all but the most idiotic of the idiots will have to backpedal, before looking even dumber than they are. They must say there is an amount lower than the full price that they WOULD sell the name for. And of course the next logical question is, how low would you idiots go, before your sanctimony kicks in again?

Anonymous said...

TIrene Memorial Collosusiem! Many contractors would bid on that job.

Anonymous said...

Last year they wanted to rename Paul Smiths College because a family stepped forward with a million or so in cash an wanted their name on the building , The area residents were not buying in to that and said NO !!! Remember when we sold pratt Street for for a few pieces of silver ? POINT> Some things in life are not for sale city streets and changing the names of city city buildings for profit are just a few to mention .

Anonymous said...

They should just call it Butler Rink. Since it's half the reason he is the current mayor

Anonymous said...

5:54 let me skool you a little.
Paul Smiths is different because it already had a name honoring the founder who paid for it and donated all the land.

It wasn't a million dollars, it was 20 million that was offered for the name change.

The college tried to accept the offer and sell the name but the courts overruled them and did not allow it because of the conditions stipulated in the will of the founder.

But other than that you have a point.