Pizzas! Donuts! Chicken 'n biscuits! It's our Top 10 worst stadium naming deals

With the news that Newcastle United's St. James' Park will henceforth be called the Sports Direct Arena, we've searched the world for the worst sporting arena naming deals.  As you can imagine, our cousins from across the pond are leading the way when it comes to ridiculous stadium names...

1.) Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Colorado, USA (capacity 18,086)

Major League Soccer's equivalent of St. James' Park, Colorado Rapids' home is also named after a large sports shop.  And a rather daft-sounding one at that.  But seeing as the stadium has never been known as anything else, the fans don't seem to be quite as upset about it.

2.) Pizza Hut Park (formerly Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Complex) - Frisco, Texas, USA (capacity 21,193)

It sounds like a food-related theme park, but in fact it's the home of Major League Soccer side FC Dallas. 

3.) KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, Kentucky, USA (capacity 22,090)

It's not a football stadium, but we had to include this just for the "Yum!" (note the exclamation mark, which is actually in the name) part of the title.  The arena, which is the home of the University of Louisville Cardinals basketball team, and sell Yum! brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - from its concession stands inside the arena.  Yum indeed...

4.) Flancare Park - Longford, Republic of Ireland (capacity 6,850)

League of Ireland side Longford FC's stadium sponsor sounds like some sort of pie rehabilitation centre, but is in fact a warehousing and logistics centre. Which is a shame.

5.) Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, Rhode Island, USA (capacity 13,106)

It used to be known as Providence Civic Center, but now it's known simply as "The Dunk". The indoor arena, which plays host to the Providence Bruins ice hockey team and the Providence Friars college basketball team, has a capacity of up to 13,106.

6.) Hunky Dorys Park - Drogheda, Republic of Ireland (capacity 2,000)

Hunky Dorys are crisps and snacks from the Republic of Ireland, and they've put their name to Drogheda United's stadium.  With a capacity of only 2,000, this is the smallest stadium on our list, but the name more than makes up for the lack of seats.

7.) Kit Kat Crescent - York (capacity 7,827)

Thankfully for York City fans their club's naming rights deal with Nestle expired in 2010, so their Bootham Crescent home is no longer associated with a popular chocolate biscuit.

8.) Whataburger Field - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA (capacity 5,400)

Whataname for a stadium! Whataburger Field is home to American minor league baseball team the Corpus Christi Hooks. 

9.) Capital One Field - Maryland, USA (capacity 54,000)

This is currently known as Capital One Field, but before that it was called the "Chevy Chase Bank Field".  Despite the fact that the Chevy Chase in this case was a bank and not the American actor who starred in Fletch and Caddyshack, the name still raised a smile or two from those of us in the office who were brought up in the 1980s.

10.) Bojangles Coliseum - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (capacity 9,605)

Home to the Carolina Speed indoor American Football team and the Charlotte Copperheads lacrosse team, the Bojangles Coliseum also hosted an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in 2010.  For those of you wondering, the title sponsor is "Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits," which sounds good to us.

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