Friday, October 7, 2016

No Takers on Naming Rights....Time to Move On

   No one has bitten on buying the naming rights to the Watertown Arena and it's time to name it just that...The Watertown Arena...
    Busniess people make decisions based on return on investment and spending $50K or more a year to attach your name to this structure didn't make sense.
    It's a lot of money and a big committment but also is of dubious value. Controversy (concessioons, cost and flaws like the roof), and underutilization (loss of Bravo Festival)  mean the City has some work to do.
    The ice season and hockey will bring many through the facility and naming it as is describes what's there and makes it clear this is the community's facility.
    Time to give up on the naming scheme and work on making the best use of the Watertown Arena.
ttp://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-gets-shut-out-for-arena-naming-rights-20161007

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

All of these deficiencies belong at your feet as former mayor you sold the public on this debacle. And I believe you pushed for the young lass running that department. All she has done so far is make sure she got a plush office out of this deal.

Anonymous said...

Once again the city council proves their smoking something special. $50k in marketing would be better spent anywhere else. Why put it on a building that half the town hates and is hardly ever used at capacity?

Anonymous said...


These flaws are unacceptable as we were supposed to have a "professional" project manager looking out for the best interest of the city. The floor, the lack of systems for the concessions, now problems with the vents, what next?

Would like to know what distracted our PM from performing his job or noticing these potential problems. These flaws should he been obvious, and I know for a fact that many of these issues were brought up and dismissed.

Again, I am forced to wonder if bringing in under qualified people is starting to catch up to us. Loosing major events and the decline in use because of the new fee structure is also a sure sign of trouble. The taxpayers did not want this expensive arena and Jennings, Burns and you (Jeff) stuffed it down our throats. No wonder no one wants their name on it. We will be paying for this mistake for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Well said 640. There is no reason to stop pursuing naming rights. None. To stop now is not acceptable. Lower the friggin price. More importantly find someone with sales experience and move on from this parks and recreation "czar." Sports in this town are suffering and now we have a building no one wants to use. I have faith in mr. Butler correcting this situation. Time for action.

Anonymous said...

If the Project Manager and Parks Queen weren't preoccupied, this might have been caught sooner. Don't ya think?

Anonymous said...

Crazy Ray, we all love you. Me included. But have you thought through this Funiciello deal? You don't think this guy will save your car business like Obama supposedly did, do you?

Ray said...

I'm in the Green Party. Just toeing the line in this state. Me crossing the line won't make a bit of change to the outcome. The DEM has no shot. Our current Congress Lady has done nothing to deserve the boot. So it just furthers the Green Party Line. Obama, as much as I could never vote for him again, did some good. Not much, but enough. We have to all admit he did more then Billy Carter. Billy Carter almost had us all in horse drawn buggies. Inflation was off the charts. It was a mess. I worry we face the same times next year. As Donald Trump said, the bubble is ready to break. If you have debt right now, you better pay it down, real quick. Anyway yes I will mark Matt's name. I'm a Danny. :)

Anonymous said...

12:40, don't waste your breath. Instead of trying to convert Ray, if you ever find yourself agreeing with Ray, you should be questioning yourself.

Anonymous said...

Time to stop messing around! Bring in Sligar , give him a raise to 60 bucks a hour and he will have this took care of in no time. Mikey for Mayor!!!

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

How about a simple WATERTOWN ICE ARENA. Case closed.

Anonymous said...

no 511, not closed. to continue to not to look at ways to generate revenue through this debacle is flat out stupidity. how about this for a concept, book the damn thing with users to where someone will want the advertising rights, make it juicy. lower the damn fees. stadiums across the country get renamed monthly. the problem is because we overspent, the attraction of advertising isnt being sold. every story starts with how the city can recuperate dollars for this boondoggle. makes you want to cut a check doesn't it. then combine it with that parks and recs super and you have one negative after another surrounding this place. it is nice, let's salvage it and make it something we all can use. re-staff at parks, restaff the city manager and let's get someone with sales experience in there. to not do this is a continuous slap at taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

The Watertown Ice Arena is a public facility, not a revenue stream. Next thing you know, the 3rd floor will want to sell tickets to enter the park.

Ray said...

A return of cash would be good. The place needs a cash flow to keep the lights on. But cash for a name just never worked. Put up the big teleprompter in the sky. Put ads on it. Have hash tag Twitter's. All that! Kiss a meter thing. Charge for marriage proposals. Move on.