February 02, 2005

Lame and lamer

When the SkyDome stadium was opened in Toronto in 1989, a contest was held to determine the name. Out of the thousands of entries they received, the best name they could come up with was "SkyDome." Lame, lame, lame.

It was announced today that the new owner, Rogers Communications, has renamed the stadium the Rogers Centre. Lamer, lamer, lamer.

Although, one other name change I can think of that resulted in a bigger net increase of lameness was the renaming of Ottawa's hockey arena, the coolly-named Palladium, renamed the Corel Centre less than two months after its opening. Fortunately, unlike the former SkyDome, the Corel Centre isn't owned by its namesake; Corel only purchased the naming rights for 20 years, which are now nearly half over. The Palladium may rise again.

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