There I am at the home venue of the Seattle Seahawks, back in 2002.
In the grand scheme of things, getting all lathered up over corporate names slapped onto sports arenas is a fairly big waste of energy. Hell, even Fenway Park and Wrigley Field's names are rooted in promoting some corporate/business interest. However, what does piss me off is the frequency with which stadium names CHANGE in this corporate-labeling regime. Now it's happening to the Twelve Army.
Is this some horrible injustice? No, not even close. But it is an opportunity for Twelves (and our Sounders FC-rooting soccer brethren) to stand up and say with one voice: "Enough! Just because some company gobbled up another company, it doesn't mean I have to call my team's venue something different!"
Let's be honest: Qwest Field was a crappy moniker too. Yes, since the Seahawks had great success while the stadium had that name, we grew attached to calling it that. But it was flawed itself- The cutesy corporate misspelling of the word quest... The use of the word "field" in the name of an NFL venue. Ugh. I hate that. Save that for baseball venues- In the NFL, they are STADIUMS or COLISEUMS. Field? Just not menacing at all.
So from now on, I'm calling it Seahawks Stadium. From 2002-2004, that was the arena's official name, so there is some history there. It also is short, sweet, direct, and accurate. It is the stadium where the Seahawks play. If you were going to name such a building, what would be your first choice? See? Boom. Roasted(and you Sounders FC folks can call it Sounders Stadium on the same principle).
If I was going to propose a more neutral name? Puget Sound Stadium, or as a nod to the official name of the Kingdome: King County Stadium. But I prefer Seahawks Stadium.
There's a great set of T-shirts pushed by the Uni Watch blog that promotes the "I'm Calling it ______" idea. Go here and send Paul Lukas an email on the link at the bottom of the page. Tell him you'd buy a "I'm Calling it Seahawks Stadium" shirt (I would), and gently urge him to stop slagging on our team's beautiful uniforms.
What do you think, sirs?