GM Place to change name for 2010 Olympics
Looks like GM Place will get a new name to comply with the IOC's policy that Olympic venues be free of corporate names. So far the top contender is 'Canada Hockey Place,' which to me sounds pretty cute. It's like those stores named by well-meaning shop owners whose English is a bit off. There's one on Kingsway that I particularly like: "Buddhist Worshipping Materials City"--for all your one-hand clapping needs.
General Motors Place will get a new name stripped of corporate marks during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the organizing committee said Wednesday.
The arena for many of the ice events during the Games will likely be renamed Canada Hockey Place, said John Furlong, the CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympics.
Furlong was in Beijing on Wednesday to present a progress report to the International Olympic Committee, which will have to approve the name change.
The new name would reflect the IOC's policy that Olympic venues must be free of corporate marks, he said.