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Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:21 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 9:59 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Rutgers' athletic department has called a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to announce a naming-rights partnership for their football stadium. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. the school has reached a 10-year, $6.5 million agreement with High Point Solutions for the rights. High Point Solutions is a New Jersey-based networking hardware supplier, and has already become an IT partner for the New Jersey Nets' new arena in Brooklyn. After the school announced the press conference, athletic director Tim Pernetti spoke briefly about the deal.

"It's really exciting," Pernetti told media at the Greg Schiano Charity Golf Classic. "I think given the economic climate, which is challenging in everything people face nowadays, we're thrilled to be able to get something done."

Pernetti declined to officially name the company, or give any details regarding the reported 10-year deal. Rutgers Stadium was built in 1938 and renovated in 1994. In 2008 and 2009 Rutgers underwent a two-phase, $102 million expansion to increase the capacity to 52,454.

The move would be considered a win for Pernetti, who took over the job in April 2009. In 2008, it was reported that Rutgers officials were seeking between $1.5 and $2 million for the naming rights to the stadium. With the renovations done and new leadership in place, it is not surprising that Pernetti is excited to announce his new deal.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:57 am

Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

I wasnt at the game.  I can neither confirm nor deny what was chanted.  HOWEVER, it's quite clear that the fans were chanting about Navy THE FOOTBALL TEAM, not Navy the Navy.  In a football game in which each team has fans, it is not unexpected that fans will root for their team and against the opposing team.  By rooting against the opposing FOOTBALL team, it shows no disrespect for the establishment for which they play.  It's all part of the game.  But, clearly, in the age of PC, it's easy to make assumptions and point fingers at things taken out of context.  It's time to get over ourselves.  NJ has the utmost respect for the armed forces and those who fight for our country, and any suggestion otherwise is as uninformed as you are suggesting the fans were. 

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:38 am

Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

WHOA... just cause there were a few bad apples screaming that another team sucks doesnt mean every new jersey/ rutgers fans are a$% h0les (and hate america in this case) ... thats like assuming every person that lives in PA is an a$% h0le fan cause Eagles fans can be "rough around the edges" on game day

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:30 am

Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

Actually, I was at that game and it did happen.  Schiano had to apologize to the middies after the game for the fans behavior.  Actually thats pretty typical of NJ sports fan behavior.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:28 am

Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

That didnt happen, a few college kids gave them a hard time because they were getting thrashed, but you know what did happen, USC lost a championship via the NCAA.. but you're right, laughing at another D-1 football teams misfortunes on the football field never ever happens, just like paying athletes never happens.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:26 pm

Report: Rutgers lands 10-year naming rights deal

Rutgers Statdium....where the crowd chants "Navy Sucks" in the middle of a war.

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