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CenturyLink Field? Merger could mean name change for Qwest

 

Seahawks' home field, Qwest, could become CenturyLink after just-approved merger.

 

The Seattle Times

By Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times staff reporter

March 24, 2011

A national telecommunications merger might have local implications for the Seahawks' stadium.

On Friday, the FCC approved the telecommunications merger between Qwest and CenturyLink, a deal that was first agreed to in April 2010.

Where does that leave Seattle's Qwest Field? It's not certain yet, since the naming-rights agreement runs through 2014. The Seahawks spokesman said the NFL team hasn't been officially notified yet of any plans to change the name of the stadium.

CenturyLink was asked about the future of the stadium's name several weeks ago, before the merger was finalized.

"All existing sponsorship contracts (including Qwest Field) that are in effect at the close of the transaction will remain in place," CenturyLink's statement said. "Each venue and the terms of the related contract will be evaluated to determine the appropriate re-branding implementation."

In 2008, Safeco was acquired by Liberty Mutual Group, but the name of the Mariners' home stadium remained Safeco Field.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com