I sat reading a story where a young woman talks about Shea Stadium. She says the Mets no longer play at Shea, they play at Citi Field, owned by Citi Bank.
It smacked me in the face: Advertising is taking over.
Being from the lovely Indiana, I’m a Hoosier. When I was a kid, we had the Hoosier Dome in Indy, where all the football games were held. Then it was sold to RCA, becoming the RCA Dome (I never could bring myself to call it that). Then most recently, sold to Lucas Oil, re-birthing again as Lucas Oil Stadium – big surprise, huh?
Market Square Arena – home to hockey, basketball, and concerts. I saw the Pacers play several amazing games there. I went to the Family Valuz tour here, one of the best shows I’ve seen to date, and also one of the last events before the building was demolished. Who killed Market Square Arena? It was Conseco Fieldhouse.
As a journalist, how do I feel about this? On one hand, advertising is what feeds my industry. With no advertising, there is no media. I guess everyone has to get their hand in the pie, or however that goes. I even have an advertising mind – I know what sells and how to make it appealing.The flip-side of the coin? I’m a hometown girl at heart. I am proud when I hear mention of my state, and my town. I am a traditionalist in the closet perhaps, but I like things to be the way they were back when. I am saddened that my son will not experience our community the way I did. He’ll never know the Hoosier Dome. He will never see Market Square Arena. But, he may one day play at Lucas Oil Stadium.