Does the average fan really think about the name of a baseball park? Fans usually comment on the architecture, layout, field dimensions, and food features, but sometimes, the name just gets overlooked.
The most recent example of ballpark renaming is in Arlington, where the very popular name “Rangers Ballpark in Arlington” was replaced with sponsorship from Globe Life Insurance, making it “Globe Life Park in Arlington.” That may be the most glaring example of corporate sponsorship in baseball parks. After all, it perks the interest and makes you wonder what “Globe Life” is.
The other corporate fields? Some of them just roll off of the tongue without a second thought: Coors Field in Colorado, Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Rogers Centre in Toronto, Petco Park in San Diego. There are some parks, though, that are very subtle and don’t necessarily sound as if they have a corporation backing their name: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Wrigley Field in Chicago, CitiField in Flushing, O.co Coliseum in Oakland. That last one may be one of my favorites, simple because O.co is the actual website, but you could very easily draw a connecting line to it being an abbreviation for “Oakland Coliseum.”
Currently, the only remaining stadiums left named for the team that inhabits them is Yankee Stadium in New York, Marlins Park in Miami, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and Angel Stadium of Anaheim in…Anaheim. Everyone else has sold naming rights to corporations for various reasons, but mostly to increase spending money. What would the logos for each stadium look like with all of these corporate names?
Next Impulse Sports has re-imagined and re-designed all of the logos for each of the 30 MLB stadiums. They feature not only some of the aforementioned corporate logos, but also the team logo, the year it opened, and some of the more noted features of either the stadium or the city. They’re here for you in all of their glory. See if you can notice the misspelling in one of the logos. It’s not necessarily as bad as this, but it’s fairly noticeable, especially if you live near the city in question.
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