Sports Stadium Nicknames

This morning on my way into my 3rd day on my newest sports job, I listened to a discussion on the radio station 107.9 in Hamilton talking about some of the nicknames for major North American sports stadiums. They didn’t mention much hockey or baseball, but the topic arose following the grand opening of the state-of-the-art facility right here in the wonderful city of Hamilton, Ont.

On Labour Day as most sports junkies already well know, it was decided that the Labour Day CFL game between Hamilton and Toronto would go ahead (as we all had hoped) right here in Steeltown.

The new facility is called Tim Hortons Field.

It officially replaces Ivor Wynne Stadium (speaking of which, Ivor Wynne’s nickname was I Never Wynne).

The radio station was apparently looking for appropriately-named funnystuff nicknames for Tim Hortons Field.

There were a bunch of them thrown around by the VJs, such as coffee time and coffee grind, but neither VJ seemed to approve of anything.

I then took it upon myself to come up with as many nicknames for as many stadiums on the entire continent of North America. Trying to cover all 4 of the major professional sports leagues, plus a few others that came to mind in the process.

Here is what I came up with, listed by the nickname of the stadium, the team that plays there, and the league they play in. Most of these are well known, and I came up with a bunch of them myself, including Tim Hortons Field:

Enjoy (and feel free to send me anything I am forgetting via Twitter or email)!:


AT&T Park San Francisco Giants (MLB)     the phone booth

Air Canada Centre Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)       the hangar

United Centre Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)/Chicago Bulls (NBA)  the Madhouse on Madison

Tim Hortons Field Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)        the Donut Shop

Lambeau Field Green Bay Packers (NFL)                 the cheese house/the Frozen Tundra

First Ontario Centre/Copps Coliseum Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)   the Kennel

Amway Centre Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)            the igloo

Mellon Arena Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)                the igloo

Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame Football team (NCAA)  God’s House or the House that Rockne Built

Michigan Stadium Michigan Wolverines      (NCAA)          The Big House

St. Pete Times Forum Tampa Bay Lighting (NHL)               the beach

American Airlines Arena  Miami Heat (NBA)                      the furnace

Staples Centre Los Angeles Clippers/Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)                           the barber shop

Rexall Place  Edmonton Oilers (NHL)                                  the Oil Rig

Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary Flames (NHL)                   the fire pitt

Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver Broncos (NFL)           the rodeo

Gillette Stadium New England Patriots (NFL)                                 the battlefield

Lucas Oil Stadium Indianpolis Colts (NFL)                                      the ranch

FedEx Field Washington Redskins (NFL)                                         the reserve

Levi’s Stadium/Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers (NFL)          the gold mine

Sun Life Stadium Miami Dolphins (NFL)                                        SeaWorld

FirstEnergy Stadium  Cleveland Browns (NFL)                               the dawg pound

New York Jets (NFL)                                                       the launch pad

Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)                               the jungle

Angel Stadium of Aneheim                                                  the Big A

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Florida Gators (NCAA)                            the Swamp

BMO Field Toronto FC (MLS)                                                the quake on the lake

Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand                                    the House of Pain

Heinz Field Pittsburgh Steelers         (NFL)                                      the mustard palace

HP Pavillion San Jose sharks (NHL)                                                 shark tank

Hubert h Humphrey Metrodome Minnesota Twins (MLB)              the thunderdome

Memorial Stadium Clemson University Clemson Tigers (NCAA)  death valley

Minute Maid Park Houston Astros (MLB)                                        the juice box

M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore Ravens (NFL)                                 the vault

And finally on the note of popular nicknames, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback has just filed for a trademark to his newest nickname, ‘Johnny Cleveland’. This would go along with other popular nn’s for the football player which include ‘Johnny Football’ and Johnny Cleveland is the 10th trademark filed by the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s company. Earlier this year, he reached a resolution with an investment firm he was battling with for the Johnny Football mark, although it is still not registered with the USPTO. Manziel has since signed an endorsement deal with Nike, which has used the mark on T-shirts.

Other trademarks filed for include JFF, ManzIIiel and The House That Johnny Built, a reference to the newly renovated Kyle Field at Texas A&M that will be completed next season.

Manziel is still battling the family of his onetime confidant Nate Fitch over the trademark The House That Johnny Built. Fitch’s family and Manziel’s company separately filed for the mark, which the USPTO says would require Manziel’s permission.



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