Monday, April 11, 2016

What's in a Name? At Least $50K a Year

     City Council doubled the ante and set $50K , or if you prefer, fiddy grand, as the minimum for slapping your name on the Fairgrounds Arena.  Who is going to pay that and be happy with a miniscule 200 square foot sign ?
       And how do you put it out to bid expecting people will spontaneously bid over the minimum?
       Council is looking for a five to ten year committment.
        Councilman Mark Walczyk says the city should cast a wider net, seeking proposals from a national base.  
         Two members had wanted "Watertown" included in the name, although staff recommended against that.
          If someone paid the $50K for ten years , it would amount to less than 5% of the renovation cost.
        

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many TV & Radio commercials can you get for $50,000? That certainly reaches more people.

Anonymous said...

They should not drink before meetings it is clouding their minds.

Anonymous said...

Why do they insist on continuing to make this a mockery? Thy are just casting a dark cloud of controversy over a nice improvement of a city resource.

Anonymous said...

The concession bidding worked out so well, can't wait to see how entertaining this bidding fiasco turns out.

Anonymous said...

This council & city manager are like the blind leading the blind. And who does walzcyk think he is fooling? just run for assembly already and leave us alone. national sponser? get a clue dude!

Anonymous said...

I wish the new councilman would quit parking his car in front of my store all day. Don't those apartments have parking spots out back?

Anonymous said...

$50,000 ? why not its a Remodeled 13 million arena and we may not get any of the poor folks around here to pay that we should look outside the area. I think its a good idea to cast a wider net on this. After all we need to start paying this monster makeover off.

Anonymous said...

I don't think any one person or company should have their name on the arena. It should have historical value. My thought is it should be named the Coffeen Arena after Henry Coffeen who was one of our original settlers. Henry Coffeen owned the land on the south side of the river from the square to Brownville, so the arena sits on his original land. He also donated the land for the old jail.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that in 7 years it will be due for another multimillion dollar reno.

Anonymous said...

What the heck is the city council smoking? That stuff isn't legal for recreational use in NY, at least not yet.

Anonymous said...

This is a slap in the face to the taxpayers that had this project shoved down their throats. Not sure whos idea this was but it is a poor one. Watertown Municipal Arena, period, nothing more nothing less

Anonymous said...

So Jeff u ponying up 50 Large ? 😎

Anonymous said...

7:58 the memo to council was from Gardner and Addison agreed with it.

Anonymous said...


I am not opposed to trying to create some offsets for their huge-cost project and think that naming rights is a good idea but $50,000 a year and a 10 year commitment? Who locally has that kind of money to put their name on an arena that hosts no televised events, has no visibility from any major traffic center and has been the subject of such controversy in the general community?

From a business perspective couldn't this money be better sent on development of local jobs? I sincerely hope that someone comes forward with some interest I just wonder if this is really realistic. We cannot compare our facility to places like the Time Union Center, Staples arena etc... These operate in a completely different market. Erin is way off base with this one and is setting us all up for another problem. The citizens are the ones paying for this arena and it would be a huge slap in their faces not to give them some credit. This speaks volumes about this administration and their respect for the citizens, or lack thereof.

Anonymous said...

12:29 I see the MOAB parked every day apparently it has a ticket repellant coating.

Anonymous said...

Good...now they are on the right track. Get a decent number or none at all. This $$ isn't supposed to offset cost. That is a slap in the face of the taxpayers. This $$ is supposed to help support maintenance and keep rentals reasonable so people can afford to use it, giving the city a return on this investment. As stated from the onset...if this was done so the City could make money, it was done for all the wrong reasons. Kudos, to Cody, Mark and Theresa on this one. Finally some insight. If no one steps up then sell billboards and naming rights to smaller areas in the arena. You have to have a good point person selling this, not the parks and recs people. They are booking the facility, not selling it. Figure it out!

Anonymous said...

It's there way of building the waffle house. They got slammed for making the suggestion. They backed it off with something they know will not happen. I hope someone has the balls to call them on their bluff.

Anonymous said...

You can not `fix stupid' Forrest!

Anonymous said...

Nationally? Well now! What the hell is Walchzyk thinking? Maybe Drew Carey could cough up that kinda dough...but no one locally.

Anonymous said...

Why not just DSS ?

Anonymous said...

What a joke this council is as well as Addison and Gardner

Anonymous said...

Funny that every business that could afford this is outside the city. Except maybe burnme and scarr but they were dissed for this project.

Anonymous said...

How about the Sly and Burrows Arena?Lord knows they have made enough off legal fees from the city,would be chump change for them.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1249...In Theresa the Mayor and council(hearing officer Mark G.) maintained this practice is illegal.....This is why the Village has a Salmon on the Water Tower..

Anonymous said...

How about the Thousands Islands Arena.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

How about just

Watertown Ice Rink