GM Place is slated to be renamed today in an announcement coming at 2:00pm PT per an update from the Canucks media guy, TC Carling on Twitter today.
CKNW confirmed shortly thereafter: “Canucks Sports and Entertainment and General Motors of Canada limited will announce a new sponsor partnership this afternoon.”
Currently nicknamed “The Garage”, General Motors Place has been the home of the Vancouver Canucks since 1995 and enjoyed a short stint as “Canada Hockey Place” during the Olympics.
This seems to b a trend lately in Vancouver as Nat Bailey Stadium was recently given the name “Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey” and also Telus Wold of Science or Telusphere at Science World. Just last week there was talk that Stanley Park could be renamed.
I’ll post an update once the announcement has been made or you can follow @TC_carling or @VanCanucks on Twitter for updates.
Update According to Bob Mackin / 24 Hours the new name is Rogers Arena. He also said in a Tweet that it is a 10 year naming/sponsorship deal. General Motors was to have a full 20 year deal (until 2015) but cut ties early.
Update I just recieved an email from Rogers confirming the deal. They sent along a link to their blog post about the new sponsorship.