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Name change on horizon for Sun Life Stadium

It is only a matter of time before the stadium the Miami Dolphins call home is called by yet another name.

Sun Life Stadium will be no more within three years industry sources are saying because Sun Life Financial, the parent company behind the naming rights to the stadium, announced last week it was pulling up stakes in the United States.

The Canadian company is retreating from two staples of its U.S operation, according to various news reports, because it has been stung by the dark economic outlook and unpredictable market volatility that has made it difficult to sustain the traditional life insurance model.

After a strategic review by new CEO Dean Connor, Sun Life says it will no longer sell life insurance and variable-rate annuities in the U.S. The company is expected to turn its sights toward Asia.

And that means that in three years when the naming rights agreement between the Dolphins and the financial giant expires, the name Sun Life will come off the stadium the Dolphins call home.

A Dolphins spokesman was unavailable for comment.

The Dolphins are expected to begin a search for a new naming rights partner in the very near future.

This isn't really a new thing for the stadium where Miami plays. Originally it was called Dolphins Stadium, then it was renamed Joe Robbie Stadium in a 1986 announcement by the Robbie children to honor their father, the Dolphins original owner.

In 1996 Pro Player, a division of Fruit of the Loom, took over sponsorship naming rights. Pro Player Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999 but before the name came off in 2001, the facility was also renamed Pro Player Park.

Then came Dolphins Stadium. Then came Dolphin Stadium. Then from May 2009 to January 2010 the name was changed to Land Shark Stadium, after the beer. Sun Life Financial came on the scene in 2010 when the company tried its now-failed expansion in the United States.

Sun Life and the Dolphins signed a five-year agreement at the time and that deal is two years old. Three years remain.When that time elapses the stadium known more for its name changes than actual names will change names.

Again.

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How about just naming it Jeff Ireland Park or Ross Field.

They should rename it Jetriots Stadium as an homage to other AFC East teams winning here more than the Dolphins.

How about "Marino-Shula Stadium". The last time this team was respectable.

"How about just naming it Jeff Ireland Park or Ross Field."
Posted by: slipperysoap | December 20, 2011 at 07:24 PM

How about just "Ire" Stadium?

DraftaQuarterback.com stadium

When I was 9 yrs old in 66 it was the Orange Bowl and the fans made it a place opposing teams dreaded coming to. Move the stands closer to the field and call it the Orange Bowl again. To an old fart like me that's the way it should be.

How about just go back to good ol' Joe Robbie Stadium?

It should be called "Silent Field at Mismanaged Stadium"

The stadium can't and never does get loud. And the team has not been well managed in a long time. With Steve Ross at the helm, it has only gotten worse. But hey, at least Jeffery Loria does not own the team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PjS2KYU3Is

how about "home away from home" Stadium

Joe Robbie Stadium at St. Jude Plaza?

Migrain Park, Hurt-Us Field, Wish-Win Fans Stadium, or Tebow- Gator Stage.

Steven Ross And The Supremes

He Isnt My Headcoach Harbaugh Field

No Football Field

The Stooges Stadium

Three Stooges Stadium

How about showing a little love for the man who brought the Dolphins to Miami in the first place?Restore the rightful name to Joe Robbie Stadium,after all he did build the place.As a bonus maybe that will lift the curse.

I really like the comment "move seats closer name it orange bowl again or even Joe Robbie" those are the only two names I ever liked DO IT!! DO IT NOW lol

Could Miami get a 3rd rd pick for Davone Bess? If they could they should take it.
Bess is having a terrible season and it could be said he is contributing to the team's troubles with his inability to get off the line or get open.
There is a tremendous amount of talent coming out of college in the next draft and the Dolphins could be better served by going after it rather than keeping players around that will not help any quarterback.
Bess's best season was 2010 where he had 820 yds receiving. Maybe he is being misused because he is not a true #2 receiver but he is also no game buster like a Wes Welker.
Could the Dolphins needs be better served if they were to try and unload him at the end of the season?

Name the field after Don Shula

They should go back to Joe Robbie Stadium. Unless Joe Robbie ever went bankrupt.

Third World Field

Shula Field.

How bout "Wait Til Next Year" Stadium. Course it really is "The Stadium That Shall Not Be Named". That truly is what it already is called

Fist pump stadium

Who cares? If the Dolphins keep winning games, the only QB they will have a shot at is Landry Jones. At that point you could call it "Loser Stadium"!

Joe Robbie's name should be back on the stadium. Why doesn't some company spend the money on naming rights and call it what it should be called? We'd get the name back to what it should be and it would be a great PR move for that company.

And I wouldn't mind Don Shula Field at Joe Robbie Stadium!

Call it "Aloco Stadium", As many names as that stadium has had is only fitting to call iut by a guy that goes by many names.

LMAOROTF @ FP4FGS, Now thats a name.I can see it now coming down south on the Fla TPK in bright lights " ALOCO FIELD", Of coarse it would be in capital letters.

They should name it after the opposing team we're playing that week because more of there fans come out.

It should be Acorn Field

NAME WILL BE 'CHINA NUMBER ONE' STADIUM. ALL GAME AND PLAYER HONOR CHINA BEFORE START WITH SONG. ALL FAN OBEY OR BE EJECT.

Might as well call it "Cowboys Stadium" So all the new Retreads will feel right at home.

MR WING FO IS THE HYENA CHINA MAN COWHER TRING TO BE VERY SNEEKY,.,,HE WILL COME AND TAKE ALL MR ROSS MONEY AND THEN ONLY WORK ONE YEAR AND QUIT AGAN TO BE IN THE BAHNMAHAS WITH HIS GRLFRIEND ORPAH WINFRY ALL DRUNK ON THERE TEQALA AND RUM NAKED IN THERE HOT TUB,.//BUT FIRST HE WILL RE NAME THE STADIUM FOR CHINA BECAUSE HE IS A SECRET AGENT FOR THEM

Aloco, Did'nt they rename The "Ape City Monkey's" To "Ape City Donkeys"?, Why the name change?

Why don't they just call it "Gator Stadium" and "Nat Moore Field". Everyday will be Gator Day and is sure way to make sure the stadium sells out every week!

How about Dolphin Stadium at Don Shula field? Of course that won't happen, it'll probably be named Mcrib Stadium or something of the equivalent

Washed up celebrities field at Orange Carpet Stadium

'The Biggest Party in South Florida'

I am fine with Vandalay Stadium
Like George Costanza in Seinfeld.

I must admit that lately I spend my nights masturbating to my little Aloco. He's so funny that I imagine he must be a creative little busy bee behind closed doors, the kind of creative humor that would have made for one of those sailors that would have been very popular with the others. Oh my sweet little Loco my sailor drawers are damp with the very thought.

I, too, spend manly nights here in my Admiral's Quarters aboard the USS Millard Fillmore bringing myself to ecstatic, quivering climax with the use of my rough-hewn, seaman experienced hand.

Yet it is for my sweet, perfumed Señorita Odinseye that I await with fevered anticipation.

Oh, my little floridita Odinseye! How I picture you in your tomato-stained little peasant dress...looking out from the window of your tiny casita on the hilltop, out past the marina and far into the sea.

How I imagine you spotting the great battleship emerging from the mist and running, tear-stained and mad with passion towards the harbor to leap into my arms again!

My darling Odinseye. This moment approaches.

shula and marino field or go back to joe robbie stadium!

NO-Name Stadium

didn't think i saw this coming. it's a shame that they attempted to expand into the U.S. now all of the employees will be laid off and will increase the unemployment rate. Hooray!

Lobster-trap Stadium

It would be named PUSSu stadium because the players need to dress and play like one wearing the color PINK for a month.

The NFL is so feminized that when players get drafted next year the NFL commissioner in addition to holding up the team jersey and handing it to the draftee, the draftee also gets a years supply of feminine napkins as these MEN cant and aren't allowed to PLAY like the MEN of yesteryear.

Good article Armando....

Really got the discussion going with this one....

I think you could have sat on this story....id on't know...maybe....ANOTHER 2 AND A HALF YEARS.....don't ya think....


But nobody is gonna scoop you......

It would make sense to just call it the Orange Bowl and announce the sponsor and stop giving up naming rights to the stadium. The Name of the Stadium should never change, but the sponsors can. That's the continuity missing now with the new Dolphins.....

After the Jets game some may want to name it

FinsNation Stadium

who the hell care aBOUT A NAME ?


ONLY THE (( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE )) FANS CARES ABOUT THIS TOPIC ...........

Sinking Ship Stadium

Dear Mr. Salguero

Why don't they name it "Tourettes Syndrome Stadium"...cause once the Game starts every Dolphins fan starts to swearing uncontrollably.

Then theres the tics associated with Tourettes Syndrome...like eye blinking, head jerking,shoulder shrugging and sticking there tongue out.

Anouncer : And now here are your Miami Dolphins

Fans : Swearing uncontrollably and showing bodily tics


Soiled :)

lol kris. Armando's trying not to get scooped 3 years out of a name change. Pretty persistent bugger, isn't he?

It should be renamed for the other 31 teams in the league. They're the ones who do most of the winning there anyhow.

there nothing else to talk about than this? herald is really slacking when it come to phins. Didn't brady have his con call yesterday? Why no story on any of the pressers that were done yesterday. belicheat must have talked as well.

To quote Sheriff Buford T. Justice: Call it "Barrel of Monkey Nuts " Stadium.
Seriously, I think Ross could earn some points with the local community with something like Don Shula Field at Joe Robbie Stadium. But that would make too much sense.

It will always be" Joe Robbie's Stadium to me.

ITS GOTTA BE:


Armando Salguero Stadium!

There is actually a great topic we could be discussing today. With all this talk about Matt Moore's success (which is evident) and the goodwill now being thrown towards this QB, the question arises how/why one of the best slot receivers is being overlooked in game after game this year?

Davone Bess has been suspiciously absent from the offense ever since Moore took over the team. And I'm wondering why? He's known to have the best hands on the team. He's known to be the best route-running WR on the team. If anyone saw his offseason training regimen, they'd know he was in impeccable shape coming in this year.

So what gives? Why this lack of attention? Is it that Moore doesn't see him? Does Moore not know how to use the slot receiver? Seems Moore is much more comfortable throwing to the #1 & 2 receivers (Marshall/Hartline) than Bess. But it's Bess in the slot that will "usually" create the most mismatches. And it's also Bess who's a 3rd-down genius. You'd think he'd be any QBs best friend.

Maybe it's Daboll's new offense, he doesn't know how to incorporate a player with Bess' abilities. I don't know, but I find that a much more interesting topic than the meaningless topic Armando has given us this fine morning.

Mando

Armando Salguero Stadium...

yea yea... Take the first letters and it is

A-S-S stadium...

Ha! Kidding Mando

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