Saturday, March 5, 2016

Name Seen as Source of Cash

        Interest has been expressed and a request for proposals is being planned for naming the newly renovated Fairgrounds Arena, with an eye towards mitigting debt service for the project
Arena Lobby (Watertown Wolves Photo)
        Council has toyed with the idea of picking up some extra cash by naming the Arena for a business, person or organization willing to stroke a check.
         Remember, the cost of adequate signage is a part of it all and should be paid by the bidder, if this is deemed a good idea in the end.
Team Room (Wolves Photo)
         Whether this is a good idea or not is open to debate, although my inclination would be not to make a hasty decision as whatever is done will generate controversy which doesn't accrue to the city's benefit.
         The rationale for the Arena project will not be legitimized by selling the name. It will be legitimized by the facility providing value to people and families.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whatever is done should accrue to the TAXPAYERS' benefit not the City's.

What the heck? What is lost on elected officials? It should be all about what the TAXPAYER wants.

And the naming price minimum should be $1MM.

Rande would be able to make that happen.

Anonymous said...

Honestly Jeff, this snack bar looks like less than a typical booster club setup for a high school game. The snack bar at the Cerow arena in Clayton looks like a five star restaurant by comparison. What gives?? How could the project and city developers be so shortsighted??

Anonymous said...

Bidding the entire project should have been open to debate too, Jeff.

Anonymous said...

I find it odd that COW residents get a break on charges for events at the arena, It should be COW taxpayers............

Anonymous said...

Pics of the arena look nice.

Looking forward to trying out the Craft fairs Parks and Rec is proposing for the summer.

Anonymous said...

They should just name it the 10th mountain arena and require everyone to genuflect when they walk by the sign. Patty could probably get $100k grant for the signs...so they would be free.

Dapper said...

"Welcome to the pearl street pub arena, where all your fantasies come true" has a nice ring to it!

Anonymous said...

The crowd that put this boondoggle together would screw up a one car funeral.

Anonymous said...

Correct 11:09,if you follow any of the new venues being built around the country,one of the things they do is insure that good food service facilities and in fact some restaurants signing before the construction takes place is important.If people are going to spend hours there,like for hockey tournaments,concerts,etc,shouldn't they have a decent choice of food?I hope here they enjoy some soggy nachos with half warmed cheese.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

My nomination of the food court name at the arena;

Graham Cracker Bar

Anonymous said...

Looks like very poor lighting in the arena based on the picture you posted. There is a reason they paint the ceilings a light color in all the money conscious retail stores. The stores that have dark ceilings have 10,000 spot lights pointed at $28 tee-shirts (which cost a dollar to manufacture). Did the arena architects do ANYTHING right?

Anonymous said...

8:07, what is your hobby exactly? following venues being built around the country? Tell us about the ideal venue for a city with 26k population located in a county of 115k population. Surrounded by lessor populated counties. Where over a third are older than 50 years old. Tell us what venue in the rest of the country is comparable in size and surrounding population demographics, so we can follow their lead?

Anonymous said...

Didjaknow? why did the Council and City Manager feel it was necessary to buy all new furnishings and amenities for the parks and recreation staff? What was wrong with what they already had? Seems to me that if you drink with the right people you are able to enjoy all kinds of lavish perks at the expense of the taxpayer. Seems crazy to add unnecessary costs to such an outrageously expensive project to begin with.

Juston LaJoie said...

How about the 'Gardner Center' She was very important in this project. I think you should get her name engraved all over that place...

Anonymous said...

How about Gardener Landing, or Addison Ave of follies?

Anonymous said...

8:19 - the appropriate venue for these demographics is... no venue at all. Those numbers do not support it. YAY!

Anonymous said...

Yes Justin, she should. Remember the Titanic? Same concept here. Seriously, it is time for the COW to rebuild the parks and recs department to ensure the future of this facility. Let's turn this into a positive, but, it needs leadership. Make the adjustments.