Veterans Memorial Stadium?by Michael Patrick Brewer on Sep. 20, 2010, under Air Force Veterans, Am Vets, American Legion, Army Veterans, Desert Storm Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Marine Veterans, Military Chaplains, OIF/OEF, Veteran Legislative Update, Veteran Pals, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America
One of my pals suggested I just post my comment that was in response to the Arizona Daily Star article about re-naming Tucson Electric Park.
I said, I had no courage to do so. He said, “honesty is a lonely word.” “And…. are you not suppose to be a veteran advocacy blog?” He won. So here it is in raw honest form. Be nice now. The comment follows.
“I like Carlos’s (Chazman1) idea. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium is the right name and packed with the dignity and respect that needs to be returned. I say returned,as the original name of the park,the one that was sold to voters in the bond election, and the establishment of a Stadium District, was Veterans Memorial Stadium. When it was removed without input,(they could have kept the name Veterans Memorial when granting naming rights),they essentially dissed the veterans,whose name was used to get the bonds passed. Bad news, bad karma. One of the many reasons the place was star-crossed from the outset. Not to mention some shady real estate transactions that Jim Click had to step in to ameliorate. Myself and tons of veterans boycotted the park,without fan-fare, since its opening. Too bad, cuz we like the sport not the organizational structure. Sort of like a kid having a dysfunctional Dad. Ain’t his fault. Without anyone ever knowing or drawing attention,this may well have been a reason for poor attendance. It was a thing of integrity.Something the veterans had, not the electeds.
The subterranean agenda, that was jammed through the old Pima County Sports Authority, in order to establish the new Stadium District, would now, with a new fund of knowledge, most likely result in indictments of both elected officials and some former members of the Sports Commission.
I know, as I was the Executive Director of the Pima County Sports Authority,(which has never been legally sunset-ed), from 1995-97. The other one. If I told all, I would have to be in the victim-witness program!
As the late and talented Chris Limberis once said after leaving journalism to work for the County, when asked how he liked it, stated, “I feel like I need to take a shower three times a day.”
For penance….and atonement…..say two Hail Mary’s, two Our Father’s and return the name; Veteran Memorial Stadium. It will be good for the soul of Tucson.”