Before I moved to Kamloops, a friend who does catering there kept talking about summer events and big weddings at the Sportmart. Being familiar with Sportmart, the sport’s equipment retailer, I just couldn’t come to terms with the idea of pushing a rack of athletic supporters and hockey sticks aside while the bride marches down the isle to give her vows near the register. I’m sure it’s how the family always imagined it.
You might not believe the shock —nay, the relief(!!) when someone finally told me the full name of the arena: Sportmart Place. Unlike the home of the Vancouver Canucks, GM Place isn’t referred to as GM; although, it’s sometimes referred to as The Garage. Now that Interior Savings credit union has purchased the naming rights, I suppose now everyone will now be meeting at Interior Savings for their conventions.
My silly memory of Kamloops flooded back when Darren Barefoot brought up the topic of corporate sponsorship for buildings. I’m still in shock though: TELUSphere!?! A quick peek at the website of the organization now known as TELUS World of Science says [PDF]:
“We listened to what people had to say and after careful deliberation, Science World and TELUS have agreed that ‘TELUS World of Science’ is a more appropriate name,” Shearer says.
Hmmm… good choice, methinks.