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Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 8:51 am
 

High Point Solution Stadium. Not exactly the most tradition rich name in college sports, but, hey, it is the newest. Tuesday, Rutgers announced a 10-year naming rights deal with High Points Solution worth $6.5 million.

The initial reaction on my Twitter feed to a corporation naming a college stadium was "Ugh." But if you haven't figured out by now how vital big bucks are in college football these days, then it's time for you to take off your leather helmet and put it in storage.

Remember a time when bowl games were actually named after fruits and not dot.com businesses or car muffler stores? Yeah, me neither. Now it's a rarity if a bowl game isn't named after a corporation. Years from now, the same - unfortunately - will be said about college football stadiums.

Anyway, Rutgers' deal is the fifth-highest per year amount for a college stadium named after a corporation/business. This list does not include stadiums named after individuals who may have contributed several gazillion dollars (i.e. Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium). This list also does not include college teams that play in NFL stadiums, such as Pittsburgh's Heinz Field or South Florida's Raymond James Stadium.

Here are the 11 college stadiums named after corporations and I'm sure this list will double within the next five years. For what it's worth the breakdown of corporation named college stadiums by conference: Big East (3), ACC (2), Sun Belt (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), C-USA (1) and MAC (1). (1).

School (Year) Stadium Name; Terms

Minnesota (2005) TCF Bank Stadium; 25 years, $35 million
Per year average: $1.4 million

UCF (2006) Bright House Networks Stadium; 15 yrs, $15 million
Per year average: $1 million

Maryland (2006) Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium; 25 years, $20 million
Per year average: $800,000

Texas Tech (2006) Jones AT&T Stadium; 25 years, $20 million
Per year average: $800,000

Rutgers (2011) High Point Solutions Stadium; 10 years, $6.5 million
Per year average: $650,000

Louisville (1998) Papa John's Cardinal Stadium; 10 years, $5 million
Per year average: $500,000

Louisville (2004) Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium; 33 years, $15 million
Per year average: $454,000

Akron (2009) InfoCision Stadium; 20 years, $10 million
Per year average: $500,000

Troy (2003) Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium; 20 yrs, $5 million
Per year average: $250,000

Syracuse (1980) Carrier Dome; Indefinite, $2.75 million
Per year average: n/a

Wake Forest (2007) BB&T Field; 10 years, undisclosed
Per year average: n/a

Western Kentucky (2007) Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium; unknown, $5 million
Per year average: n/a



Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Well it is Central New York.


And Tim, I only stated facts. If the Big East as a whole doesn't get respected by the majority of college football fans, then what makes you think a program like Rugters will ever be respected by the majority of fans?   Think, common sense.


 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Mike: I'm really sick of jerks like you post meaningless drivel on the messge board for an article that has absolutely nothing to do with their team or their program.  Why do you feel it necessary to piss on our parade?  Do you have nothing better to do than take joy in trying to annoy the fans of your rivals?  If so, you are a sad pathetic little troll.  Go crawl back under your rock and stay there until you have something meaningful to say....and stay off the Rutgers message boards.



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Mike, good for you about that legendary Syracuse football program. But I've been there, I've seen the place and the whole town is a freaking dump.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

I don't care. Rugters will never be considered a good program. At least Syracuse has the resources to become one. 

You're sitting here bashing on Syracuse saying they won't ever be that good again. Well I got news for you, Syracuse was and will be better than Rugters will ever be once again, you watch.


You're gonna sit here and talk smack when your basketball program flat out sucks, and your football program hasn't done much outside of be at the top of the weak Big East lately. When Rugters has some real accomplishments, then come talk smack. Until then, sit on your pretend throne and pretend Rugters is one of the Big East's better schools in football.  



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Um...great...you won one...hooray!  Wasn't Syracuse the last place team in the weak Big East the 5 previous years?  You know they were Mike.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Ahahahahahaha...no better words have been spoken.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Too bad Syracuse finished above that crappy Rugters program in the Big East standings last year huh? 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:37 am
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Syracuse football will never again be respected by the majority of college football fans.  It was a great program and the school flushed it down the toilet; just like Notre Dame.  The game has changed again and both of those schools are now out of touch and irrelevant, SU more so than ND.  I think it is better to have been a trainwreck in the past and decent now than to have been a model program in the past and totally irrelevant now...an upward trend for RU as opposed to a downward trend for SU and ND. Have fun dreaming about past glory boys.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Rugters football will never be respected by the majority of college football fans. 



Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Rutgers snares 5th highest per year stadium deal

Good one Larry David... good one. 


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