The New Orleans Saints’ stadium in downtown New Orleans has and always will be commonly known as The Superdome. Since 2011, however, the stadium’s official name has been the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The German car manufacturing giant has decided that they are going to put their name on another NFL team’s stadium; more importantly an NFC team — even more importantly an NFC South team — and most importantly the biggest rival of the Saints.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Atlanta Falcons will be taking on the company’s name for their new stadium. The stadium is set to open in 2017 and will replace the Georgia Dome as the home field for the Atlanta-based team.
The Saints’ stadium will hold the Mercedes-Benz brand until at least the 2021 season. This means that for at least four seasons, the Falcons and Saints will have to play in a stadium that’s name is owned by the same company. This could create a whole new dynamic in the rivalry between the two teams.
There has been no details released on the deal, but the Falcons have been reportedly looking for a thirty-year deal worth up to $15 million annually for their naming rights. Does this new deal make the Saints and Falcons, in some sort of weird way, partners?
I guess this goes to show that money does truly rule everything.
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