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  • Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

    Pink Taco's owners make bid to name Cards stadium
    Louie Villalobos
    The Arizona Republic
    Aug. 21, 2006 02:55 PM

    First, they shook up the Scottsdale establishment. Now the family behind the Pink Taco restaurant chain is rattling the Arizona Cardinals' cage.

    Would you believe Pink Taco Stadium? That's what the Morton family, famous for creating the Hard Rock Café and Morton's Steakhouse, is saying they want to name Cardinals Stadium.

    They are offering $30 million for 10 years as evidence of their commitment and are promising to pursue an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals.

    One problem. The Cardinals, who control the stadium's naming rights, said they want no part of that name.

    Harry Morton, president and CEO of Pink Taco, said his group is prepared to use the $30 million as a starting point. He held a press conference Monday to announce the stadium proposal.

    The family said it offered the Cardinals a $5 million good faith check during a meeting last week to show that they are serious about the proposal.

    The Cardinals took the presentation as a joke and dismissed the Monday press conference by the family as a publicity stunt.

    "There is zero chance of this happening," said Mark Dalton, director of media relations for the Cardinals. "We are in serious and legitimate naming rights discussion with several companies, this is not one of them."

    Locally, the restaurant, named after a slang term for the vulva, caused a stir in Scottsdale when Mayor Mary Manross objected to the restaurant's opening in Scottsdale's Waterfront project.

    Dalton said the team doesn't wanted to be associated with the Pink Taco brand, but wouldn't say exactly why.

    Morton said on Monday that his family is very serious about the naming deal. He plans to meet with the Arizona Cardinals in the coming days. The Cardinals said there is no scheduled meeting.

    The family dismissed the team's reaction as a "knee jerk" one and stated the proposal was not an attempt to get more publicity for the restaurant.

    "We're talking about $30 million," he said. "That's an expensive publicity stunt."

    A Pink Taco restaurant will be opened in Los Angeles early next year. The company is working on building a second restaurant in Arizona and looking at future sites in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.

  • #2
    Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

    Too funny, but $30 mil. for a struggling franchise may be too much to pass up. Now if they put a Morton's Steak House inside the stadium that would be very good.

    Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


    • #3
      Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

      There's NO pink in football, and there's especially no "pink taco" in football!!! If the Cardinals went for this, they would be the laughing stock of not only the football world, but the entire world.

      They've already invested their future in the new stadium and are making a major push to develop a new attitude. This deal would make all their efforts null and void. They'll be able to get a naming deal that is comparable to anything "Pink Taco" has to offer.

      Absolutely no way the Cardinals will ever be playing in Pink Taco Stadium.


      • #4
        Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

        They could paint the stadium pink for $30 mil.

        Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


        • #5
          Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

          Originally posted by RAMMAN68 View Post
          They could paint the stadium pink for $30 mil.
          That's not a bad idea. Then it would look like a $455 million pink UFO!


          • #6
            Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

            The NFL would never allow this to happen. I mean, if you have a Pink Taco Stadium, you'd have to schedule home games around every 28 days. (Everyone knows you don't get to play in the pink taco every 28 days).


            • #7
              Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

              Locally, the restaurant, named after a slang term for the vulva, caused a stir in Scottsdale when Mayor Mary Manross objected to the restaurant's opening in Scottsdale's Waterfront project.


              • #8
                Re: Arizona Cardinals playing in Pink Taco Stadium?

                (Everyone knows you don't get to play in the pink taco every 28 days).

                Too funny BRM.
                JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS

                "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
                Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


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