Staples Center will be no longer, but here are 10 names that aren't going anywhere (we think)
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What’s in a name?
Losing a name that advertised an office supplies store isn’t that big of a deal, but it seemed like Staples Center was one of the few arenas that hadn’t changed names umpteen times since opening in 1999.
But that’s just the way things work now, especially when Crypto.com was ponying up a reported $700 million for the next 20 years of naming rights.
And when those 20 years are up, guess what’s going to happen?
There are a handful of stadiums, though, that probably won’t be selling their names any time soon. We think.
Here’s a look at 10 iconic stadiums that have the same name they were opened with.
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The original “House That Ruth Built” was named Yankee Stadium from its opening in 1923 to its closing in 2008. The new place across the street continued the name tradition, and while the Yankees sure like to make a dollar, the naming rights have been off limits so far.
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The look of the Chicago Bears’ home changed drastically after a 2003 renovation, but the name has been the same since 1925. (Yeah, it spent a year as Municipal Grant Stadium, but 96 years of being a memorial to soldiers lost in war is good enough for us.)
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It’s been Dodger Stadium since the opening game in 1962, but for how much longer? While the team has sought deals for the naming rights of certain park features (like the actual field), selling the naming rights that people would actually use would theoretically fetch a much bigger price.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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The name for baseball’s prettiest stadium is so poetic that the team reportedly won’t consider selling the rights off.
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Opened in 1922, the country’s prettiest statement will probably never be changed, and it would be an outright crime if it was.
Madison Square Garden
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Opened in 1968, this is the fourth building in New York to hold the name “Madison Square Garden.” The first opened in 1879 and was a tribute to James Madison, the fourth president of the United States.
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The first Busch Stadium in St. Louis was known as Sportsman’s Park before being renamed. The one they play in now is the third iteration and it has always been named Busch Stadium, like the ballpark in the middle it replaced.
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The team officially refers to their stadium as “GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium” after selling the naming rights to the … grass?
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The home of the Bulls and Blackhawks opened in 1994 with Chicago’s hometown airline being associated with three titles apiece for the basketball and hockey teams.
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The oldest park on this list by a solid decade, Fenway Park was opened in 1912 and named after Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
While Wrigley Field opened in Chicago two years later, it didn’t take that name until 1926, being known as Weeghman Field and Cubs Park for the first decade-plus.)