Land Shark Stadium?
I heard the announcers refer to the Miami Dolphins stadium as "Land Shark Stadium" during Monday Night Football's game. It stunned me, and made me curious as to what was going on here. Obviously, it's not Joe Robbie Stadium anymore, but land shark?
The answer is actually pretty depressing:
The Miami Dolphins have a new naming rights deal with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Anheuser-Busch InBev's joint brewing project, Land Shark Lager, which renamed the facility "Land Shark Stadium." The sponsorship deal is reportedly for eight months and the name will revert to Dolphin Stadium in time for the Super Bowl XLIV and the 2010 Pro Bowl, possibly to be replaced by another sponsor name if a deal can be secured before that time.
Now, granted that's from Wikipedia and therefore isn't necessarily totally accurate. But I can't decide what depresses me more - the fact that the naming rights are after Jimmy Buffett's brewing project, or the fact that the Dolphins willfully renamed their stadium for what will amount to a single season.
Either way, folks, not cool. Not cool at all.