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PPL Park is official

Today’s old news is that Pennsylvania Power and Light have agreed to a 10 year $20 million naming rights deal for the Philadelphia Union’s new stadium. While I was personally attached to “The Lighthouse” as a name, the sports business journal is already reporting that the stadium has been christened as “PPL Park.”

My only question is: will the corporate powers-that-be let announcers do the natural thing and call it “people(‘s) park?” Or will we always have to hear “P-P-L?”

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  1. OrionPax
    February 2, 2010 at 3:56 am

    They actually legally changed the name from P.P. & L (Pennsylvania Power and Light) to just PPL when they expanded a few years ago.

    Sorta like Kentucky Fried Chicken. Its just KFC now.

  2. K.M. Morris
    February 3, 2010 at 3:36 am

    PPL makes for a better stadium name than P.P. & L., so we’re lucky in that regard. Any thoughts on what the nickname will be?

  3. Arkose
    February 4, 2010 at 5:24 am

    People’s Park fits nicely. One of the more natural nick names

  4. February 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The nickname I’ve heard that I really like is “The Stadium of Power and Light.” Kind of a simultaneous play on PPL (Pennsylvania Power & Light) and Sunderland of the English Premier League (which plays in “The Stadium of Light”).

    • K.M. Morris
      February 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Ha. I do like that as well. Don’t you think, though, that in the US it would have to be a corporate-approved nickname? Otherwise the TV announcers and sports columnists are never going to use it.

  5. Arkose
    February 6, 2010 at 5:17 am

    The only down side on the PPL is that I can see other support groups calling it the “PeePee” stadium. Jealously saying it of course.

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