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Bailout Stadium

Friday, December 05, 2008

Question of the Day:The taxpayers bailed out financial giant Citigroup. Is a renaming in order for Citi Field, the new Met's ballpark? Taxpayer Field? The People's Stadium? Post your nominations below.
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Comments [138]

Andrew from Evanston, Illinois

CITIzens Stadium

Jan. 06 2009 10:46 AM
Annie from ny

1) Shea Stadium
2) Fans' Field

Dec. 11 2008 01:14 PM
Judy from new rochelle, Westchester

How about "you take your life in your hands crossing a major highway with your family from parking field"

Dec. 05 2008 11:13 PM
Kathy from Ossining

I like City Field. Not too expensive to change one letter--they can keep their logo's font if they must but wouldn't it be cooler in New Yorker?

Dec. 05 2008 04:15 PM
Marc Ragovin from New York City

Willits Greed (hey, it evokes a NY sports legend, Citibank's hoggishness, and geography)

Dec. 05 2008 03:31 PM
Mick from Brooklyn

How about 'W.C. Fields', as in Without Citibank

Dec. 05 2008 12:23 PM
Jen from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I like Citizen's Field the best, but I like City Field too. People's Park is already taken folks.

Dec. 05 2008 12:10 PM
seth from Long Island

Graveyard of Capitalism Field

Dec. 05 2008 11:50 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

What about "Shady Stadium"? As in Shady Financing practices and Shea Stadium combined- From Noticing New York-

(We just posted a four part series relating to this focusing on the adjacent Willets Point.)http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/

Dec. 05 2008 11:21 AM
Michael Sapinsky Architect from Brooklyn, NY

EVEN Playing Field

Dec. 05 2008 11:19 AM
Mike from Prospect Heights

Can't be Citizen's Park, since the Mets' biggest rival plays in Citizens Bank Park. Go Phils! And I hope the Royal Bank of Scotland (Citizens Bank owner) doesn't fail too!

Dec. 05 2008 11:13 AM
courtney from brooklyn

When I lost my job the week before Thanksgiving, I called my mom and asked her if it would be ok if I excuse myself from Christmas gift-giving this year.

Dec. 05 2008 11:11 AM
Marcus from South Orange, NJ

How about Bad Timing Park?

Dec. 05 2008 11:09 AM
Jonathan from Brooklyn, NY

I have two suggestions. One, Shea Stadium, or two, Jackie Robinson Field.

Of course, neither the Shea, or the Robinson families have $400 million over 20 years to pay the Mets.

Dec. 05 2008 11:07 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

Maybe we should sell the naming rights to a more solvent company so we can help pay for this!

Dec. 05 2008 11:06 AM
matt howell from nj

Save money by just adding "MELESS" to the existing signs="SHEAMELESS STADIUM".

Dec. 05 2008 11:04 AM
Elaine from Chelsea

People's Park would be great!

Dec. 05 2008 11:04 AM
James from Brooklyn

Sorry Peter I didn't see yours above!

Dec. 05 2008 11:01 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

It's a BASEBALL field. Name it after some important BASEBALL figure. How about an important NEW YORK baseball figure? How about an important New York AND national baseball figure, who, criminally, still has no major league park named after him?

Jackie Robinson Field.

Dec. 05 2008 11:00 AM
Leo from Queens

SEETHY Field

Dec. 05 2008 11:00 AM
Robert from Manhattan

I know that Brian has a family program, and this is a family blog.

But the obvious name is derived from the same that many of us have used for years to refer to the sponsoring bank ...

S***ty Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:59 AM
Waheed from Elmhurst, NY

EMPIRE STADIUM

Dec. 05 2008 10:59 AM
James from Brooklyn

Not Shea Statdium, but Che Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:59 AM
yourGo from Astoria

STEM Feild METS!!

Dec. 05 2008 10:59 AM
John from LIC

TARP Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
Miguel Mendoza from Inwood, NY

Eminent domain park

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
david williams from ditmas park

potter's field

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
Dan Smith from Brooklyn

Seriously, Jackie Robinson Stadium is the only appropriate name.

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

The People's Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
Nelson Dobuleday from nyc

Team That Never Spends Money On Pitching and Then Always Chokes In Post Season But Spends Money On Meaningless Structures As A Folly Of Their Top Executives Who Don't Know Squat or Care About Baseball But Do Know How To Overcharge For Seats and Food Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
bren from brooklyn

I call it the TRI LETTER BRIDGE

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
CJ from brooklyn

The House that NINA bought. "No Interest, No Accountability!"

Dec. 05 2008 10:58 AM
Michael West from Brooklyn, NY

No Prospects Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Peter from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CHE Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Jon Gautier from Rhinebeck, NY

Shea & Gould. A big huge law firm that failed. Only in New York could a ball field be named after a Park Avenue Lawyer!

(Milton Gould was Bill Shea's partner.)

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
sfsf from nyc

INflated Salaries Baby Players Who Make No Effort Feild

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Dom from NJ

Shame Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Chris

Subprime Stadium?

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Michael Dorfman from Islip, NY

Taxpayers Fileld

Dec. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Michael West from Brooklyn, NY

Bankruptcy Park

Debtors' Prison

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Karen from Manhattan

or Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Moo from nyc

SITY Field with the H

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Karen from Manhattan

Casey Stengel Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
richard from manhattan

field of schemes

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Rich Perez from Bay Shore

Debts Field...at least it rhymes with Mets Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
johnjohn from New York

Brian can you also bring to attention that AIG is sponsoring the biggest sport team in the world - Manchester United.
The AIG logo is the Manchester United Jerseys.
I think it is a 9 million pounds a year deal.

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Dubya

Client #9 Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Eric from Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards Memorial Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Leroy Coffey from New Jersey

Bailout Ballpark

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
Catherine from rockville centre

Field of Schemes?

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
ave from nyc

I think the Field That Ruthless Built is reserved for the Yankees new stadium...

Dec. 05 2008 10:56 AM
lulu from brooklyn

Blank Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
tom b from nyc

Here's a dedication to post beneath the new name: "Formerly called Citifield, As Taxpayers and Fans, We had to change the name, 'Cause we got a real citi-deal"

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Nervy from nyc

We Suck Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
ericf

Howzabout changing "Blue Smoke" to "Smoke and Mirrors" ?

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
bryan from manhattan

rename the team: The NY DEBTS

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
eric from New York

Debits Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Terrence from Staten Island, NY

Why don't they just change the 'i' to 'y,' which is the way i imagine it my head anyway. City Field.

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Brian from nyc

23 dollar Hot Dog Pologrounds

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Daniel from Brooklyn

The Toilet Bowl (in Flushing)

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Same name, just spell it differently: City Field.

But I like Debits Field too!

Dec. 05 2008 10:55 AM
Brian from nyc

Overpriced Beer Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Brigid from 11103

CITY field - take the corporation out of the name without changing the name.

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Ian from Brooklyn

#7 Park
Shea II

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Jeff Lee from Astoria, Queends

How about something subtle, like City field. If we are paying for it with our taxes, I suppose it belongs to us. The City of NY.

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Chris from Brooklyn

"Meet the Debts"

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Noo from nyc

Flushing Pitching Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Sue Pascucci from Brooklyn

How about "OUR" park?

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Ben from Manhattan

"Don't Panic Park"?

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
Kristopher from Asbury Park

"Field Of Broken Dreams"

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
adf

More topical hilarity here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/So-what-should-we-the-American-taxpayers-renam?urn=mlb,124351

Dec. 05 2008 10:54 AM
LM from Long Island

Why.. leave it just to the Mets.. why not the Yankees too.. based on the questions around the finacing of th enew Yankee's Stadium.. I would like to suggest City Hall 2

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Nadia from Manhattan

What is going to happen to the arena at Madison Square Garden that's named for Washington Mutual?

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Eurydice from Brooklyn

What about Citi-zen (citizen) Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Rob Foran from Staten Island NYC NY

City Council member James Oddo of Staten Island advocates naming it "Taxpayers Field".

I would support such a name change.

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Sue from Manhattan

I like The Ballpark @ Credit Default Swamp

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Robert from Manhattan

I love the Bob Murphy idea.

In fact, it was marvelous when the Mets would visit San Diego and Bob's partners followed his lead and refused to say the new name.

One problem with ALL of these corporate names is how often play by play announcers DO tend to say them ... clearly in an effort to kiss the behinds of the moneyed and influential corporate sponsors.

Of course the other obvious suggestion is Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Scott Smith from Manhattan

How about Cit_y_ Field?

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Claire from Manhattan

If you build it, they will fold..........

Dec. 05 2008 10:53 AM
hjs from 11211

SINO field - after the bank of china buys what's left of our economy.

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
Lila from nyc

Mistake by the Van Wyck

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
Robert

Mudville

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
esquared from East Village

Stupidity Field. Greedy Field. Type A Personality Field. Pride Field.

But seriously, how about simply Mets Stadium?

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
david from NYC

HOW ABOUT (BEGGERS FIELD)

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
antonio from park slope

Queens field

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
Jane from Brooklyn

How about CITY FIELD, with the "Y"

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
Duncan from Maplewood, NJ

Financial Follies Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
christopher from brooklyn

citi field @ to big to let fail stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:52 AM
steev

brian, why all the focus on the Mets?

why haven't we heard anyone clamoring to name the new Yankee Staidum TAX EXEMPT BONDS STADIUM?!

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Mike Rose from Brooklyn

Potter's Field.

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Sally from nyc

Lack of Security Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Todd from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Shea Stadium has a nice ring to it.

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Merrill Clark from Summit, NJ

Paulsen's Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
jenny from westchester

I think we should call it "The smartest guys in the room Park" ala, the Enron movie. It seems we have not learned any lessons from the past.

-Yankee Fan

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Jack from nyc

Waste of Money Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
hjs from 11211

i get confused. isn't this a loan (bailout.) if a loan is to be paid back why would we own the asset (the naming rights)

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
adf

10 -- hilarious!!!!!

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Dorian from New York

Shame (Shea-m) Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
John from nyc

Sucky Team Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:51 AM
Michael Antonoff from Manhattan

It should be called the Polo Grounds, following a generous contribution by Ralph Lauren's Polo brand. Of course, the Mets first played in the Polo Grounds, former home of the Giants.

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
johnjohn from New York

How about Americas Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

RICH ....uh...PERSON...(had another word in mind) FIELD. Hey, the cost of a baseball seat (A CORPORATE LUXURY BOX for the ENTREPRENURS of our great society). How much again for a so called cheap seat in the SMALLER BALL-PARK for the few??? To watch overpaid b-ball players lose in September? Que???

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
adf

The Free Market

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
steve from hoboken, nj

Field of Nightmares

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
William from Manhattan

New Socialism Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Stop Terrorism Field

Genocide is Wrong Field

Gay Marriage is Pure and Proper Ball Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
Tony Davis from Brooklyn, New York

Potter's Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:50 AM
Al from Marine Park from Brooklyn

Chez Mets

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Nelson FU Doubleday from nyc

Team That Never Spends Money On Pitching and Then Always Chokes In Post Season But Spends Money On Meaningless Structures As A Folly Of Their Top Executives Who Don't Know Squat or Care About Baseball But Do Know How To Overcharge For Seats and Food Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Carol from Brooklyn

Bailout Park has a very nice ring to it :)

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
ave from nyc

"Global Financial Gambling Field"...gets my vote!!

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Geo8rge from Brooklyn NY

Shea Stadium

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Jeff Douglas from Brooklyn, NY

I second the comment about renaming it Shea Stadium.
If not that, how about the Polo Grounds?

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Elaine

How about The People's Republic of Citi Field?

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
rick kreshtool

how about PAUPERS' FIELD

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Michael Hnatov from Brooklyn

How about "Shea Stadium"?

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Marissa from Manhattan, NY

Rather than Citi - call it National field - the whole country's bailing them out.

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Jack from Hartsdale

Rubin's Folly

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
Mike

I'm a Mets fan, but maybe Choker Field would be appropo.

Dec. 05 2008 10:49 AM
ecce

how about:
"we, the schmuck taxpayers, have another useless field" Field?

Dec. 05 2008 10:48 AM
Carmen from Midtown

How about Citizen's Field?

Dec. 05 2008 10:48 AM
Leo from Queens

How about : "Rubin-Bloomberg-Geithner Park" or "Global Financial Gambling Field"

Dec. 05 2008 10:47 AM
Myriam from Ithaca, NY


"People's Park" sounds about right, since we shoulder all those tax incentives to attract stadium development to cities. We invested and our name should be on it!

Oh, and before I forget, rich people and companies living, working, and making profits in NYC must pay their FAIR SHARE of local taxes. You know, because we have to pay for roads, water, trains, and all those goodies that make business possible.

Dec. 05 2008 10:47 AM
ave from nyc

or just back to Shea??

Dec. 05 2008 10:40 AM
Leo from Queens

How about: "New White Collar Mafia Field"

Or a Nice Name/Jingle combo:

"SeethI Field:" "Not Just your City or your Tax Dollars, but your Investment, Savings and 401K dollars at work! Are you seething now?"

Dec. 05 2008 10:39 AM
Sue in Astoria from Long Island City/Astoria

Citizen's Field.

Dec. 05 2008 10:38 AM
Janice from Manhattan

The $5,000 voucher idea is a great one! Why didn't someone i.e. the bright lights in government, think of that!

Dec. 05 2008 10:36 AM
Samuel from NYC

Great idea!
Bailout Ballpark...anyone?

Dec. 05 2008 10:25 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

How about METS SUCK stadium.

That sounds good. :)

Dec. 05 2008 10:20 AM
seth from Long Island

Proletariat Field

Dec. 05 2008 10:16 AM
Doug MacMillan from Midtown Manhattan

People's Park has a wonderful ring

Dec. 05 2008 10:10 AM
david from princeton, nj

along the lines of 'the house that ruth built' (yes, i know it is the other NY team)...

perhaps 'the house that YOU built'

Dec. 05 2008 10:09 AM
Steve McLaughlin from Denville, NJ

How about The Ballpark at Credit Default Swamp?

Dec. 05 2008 10:08 AM
Daniel from Brooklyn

Bob Murphy Stadium

for two important reasons...

1) He was a beloved Mets announcer for most of their existence.

2) Jack Murphy stadium was named for his brother and the name was eventually changed to some corporate name and this deeply saddened Bob Murphy who even expressed these feelings on the air during a game once. This woould be a nice tribute a man loved and listened to by countless Mets fans for over 30 years.

Dec. 05 2008 10:06 AM
Paul Stein from Jersey City, NJ

I would like to rename Citi Field to Paulson's Folly

Dec. 05 2008 10:05 AM
Steven Syrek from New York

Credit Default Swap Meet?

Collateralized Met's Obligation?

The Mets: Too Big to Fail! Stadium!

Dec. 05 2008 10:05 AM
Chuck from Brooklyn

Peoples Park

Dec. 05 2008 10:03 AM
david from princeton, nj

how about 'people's park?'

Dec. 05 2008 10:03 AM

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