For Only $1,000, It’s “YOUR NAME HERE Stadium”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a professional sports stadium named after you? Think of the ego boost! Think of the public admiration! Think of how many chicks will dig it! But alas, for any hope of having an athletic arena proudly display your personal moniker, you need lots ‘n’ lots of moolah. And there’s a good chance you don’t have the cash to toss freely around for sports stadia like CitiBank does.

Rochester Rhinos stadium

Well, the Rochester Raging Rhinos are offering a deal of a lifetime. Besides having one of the greatest nicknames in sports, the USL 1st Division soccer squad is putting the naming rights for their home field up for bids. And it can all be yours for the low, low price of only $1,000!

Jeff DiVeronica of the ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE reports that the Rhinos have had difficulty finding a new stadium sponsor since PAETEC Communications decided not to renew their sponsorship for the upcoming 2009 season. The team had been trying to negotiate naming deals with car dealerships, banks & other companies, but to no avail.

So why not give more folks a fair shot at stadium naming glory? DiVeronica explains the details:

In what the team is calling an unprecedented but necessary move in a sagging economy, the Rhinos are selling the naming rights to Rochester’s downtown soccer stadium for $1,000. Just about anyone - an individual, company, club, school, etc. - that buys $1,000 in season tickets or sponsorship will have their name entered into a drawing. The winner will be selected at the May 30 home opener against Montreal.

Participants gets one entry in the drawing per $1,000 in season tickets purchased. And the winning name will remain on the stadium throughout the 2009 season.

But those thinking about coming up with ridiculous, offensive, or just plain silly names for the Rhinos’ home park, be sure to read the fine print:

No competitor of one of the Rhinos’ exclusive sponsors — Connolly Printing, Coca-Cola, Famous Dave’s Barbeque, Nothnagle Realtors, Red Bull, Salvatore’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria, Time Warner Cable and Zwiegle’s Hot Dogs — may enter. Also ineligible are minor-league sports teams or leagues and “organizations that are not conducive to the family-fun atmosphere promoted” by the Rhinos.

So I suppose “Spearmint Rhino Stadium” is out of the question. Shame, because it actually kind of fits.