Talking Points: New name for Qwest Field
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
To no surprise, Qwest Field is now CenturyLink Field thanks to Qwest being purchased by CenturyLink in April. The official logo unveiling is Thursday.
The home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC is now on it’s third name.
Wrote Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: “That’s as many names as the Seahawks have had head coaches since the stadium — built on the site of the former Kingdome — opened its doors.”
Naturally fans either hate the name or don’t really care.
It’s just one stadium in a long line of stadiums that have now had more than one corporate name in its lifetime.
Remember San Francisco’s Monster Park? And before that 3Com Park? Candlestick remained the name for the true fans.
Due to a U2 concert taking place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami next Wednesday, the Florida Marlins have been kicked out and will have to play a “home” series against the Mariners ... at Safeco Field.
In other words, while the three games will be taking place in Seattle this weekend, Florida will still bat in the bottom half of the inning, no DH will be used, and the result will be reflected in the Marlins’ home record.
The bad news for the Marlins?
They have been thrust into a disadvantageous situation.
The good news?
This promises to be their largest home crowd of the year.
Finishing our theme of sporting venues, the Wimbledon rematch of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut — those of the 11-hour, 5-minute marathon over three days last year — won’t be subjected to the same court. You can see them on Court 3 today ... and maybe Wednesday ... and maybe Thursday.