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June 22, 2010

The world's worst-named live music venue?

If you sneered when Live Nation renamed the Nissan Pavilion Jiffy Lube Live, you'll get a kick out of the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds.

No joke. Check it out. Does that even fit on a ticket stub?

Thanks to Sarah Kelber for the tip.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:53 PM | | Comments (5)


The new Giants/Jets stadium turned down a $25 million offer for naming rights from

It would have immediately become the best named venue in America.

I was looking for tickets when I found myself looking for places that sell tickets. It's not the worst named venue, but it certainly is the worst/funniest/offensive way to get you the ticket you want to your worst named live music venue. I give you

It was eventually named the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona, but before it accepted that sponsorship the stadium authority turned down $20 million to name it "Pink Taco" Field.

Bojangle's Coliseum in Charlotte, NC is pretty close. A second rate chicken spot behind KFC's parent company Yum!Brands and their aptly named arena in Louisville, KY...

great marketing slogan for Nissan Pav:

"When looking for great summer concerts, don't forget The Lube!"

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