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The end of Qwest Field as we know it?

March 24th, 2011 by cstark

John Boyle of the Everett Herald, whose byline appears in The Sun regularly, filed this report on a possible name change for the stadium that serves as home for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC.

By John Boyle
Special to the Kitsap Sun
When does a telecommunications merger constitute sports news? When it could mean a name change for the stadium that two of Seattle’s professional teams call home.
The FCC approved a merger late last week between CenturyLink and Qwest, which own the naming rights to the stadium that is home of the Seahawks and Sounders FC.

It’s not a done deal that Qwest Field will become CenturyLink Field or CenturyLink Stadium, but a statement from CenturyLink said sponsorship deals will remain in place, which would almost certainly indicate that a name change is coming. .
“All existing sponsorship contracts (including Qwest Field) that are in effect at the close of the transaction will remain in place,” CenturyLink said in a statement. “Each venue and the terms of the related contract will be evaluated to determine the appropriate re-branding implementation.”
In a story published Thursday in the Omaha World Herald, CenturyLink spokesman said that All Qwest properties will transition to the CenturyLink name.
The stadium currently known as Qwest Field opened as Seahawks Stadium before Qwest bought the naming rights in 2004. That deal was a 10-year sponsorship with an option for five more years.

For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog

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