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  • Anonymous

    It is a sad state of affairs when an arena is named after a blood sucking insurance company.

    • Anonymous

      He dreams, the public pays.

  • Anonymous

    Come up with 3.5 to 4 million dollars and you can name it anything you want.

  • Anonymous

    Just wish it could have been cross insurance auditorium or something like that …out of towners will think its an insurance office

    • Anonymous

      maybe they can put an underwriting desk next to the hot dog stand?

    • Anonymous

       That’s exactly what I thought when I heard it. People will come in wanting to buy insurance. Still don’t like private names on public assets. It makes me cringe.

    • Anonymous

      I said the same thing when this story was first reported.  Why not the Cross Events Arena or the Cross Arena?  I also have to say that I think the city jumped way too fast.  3million is pretty low now a days for advertising of thsi caliber for that length of time.  You would have thought they could have gotten much more.  Wonder who’s the buddy on the City Council that got this approved?

      • Anonymous

        Leaving out “Insurance” would defeat the whole purpose for Cross, as the company wants the get its name out there. Calling it simply “Cross” wouldn’t distinguish Cross Insurance from an individual named Cross or some other company named Cross.

        Also, considering that the arena will not have a full-time tenant, there isn’t much more to get in naming rights, especially because the Bangor market is so small.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah but as someone else wrote the need for “cross insurance” is needed becuase of advertising reasons  but arena or auditorium would have been nice…and telling of what the building is.

    • Anonymous

      Do people think the Staples Center is a Staples store?

      • Anonymous

         It doesn’t say Staples Office Supply Center so no.

        • Anonymous

          And this will become know as “the Cross”.

          • Anonymous

            So it’ll have a Christian connotation?

          • Anonymous

            Not at all. Just like “Boston Garden” is called “The Garden” or “Fenway Park” is called “Fenway” or “Tropicana Park” is called “Trop” or “Bangor Civic Center” is called “the Civic Center” people will shorten the name.

  • Anonymous

    Looking awesome in there! Can’t wait for plenty of  good events sure to come.

    • Anonymous

      Not many events.  floor space is smaller.  old arena could double the floor space when the seats were pushed back. your not pushings these seats anywhere.

      • Anonymous

        Ah no the floor space is not smaller. It is wider and longer then the current auditorium floor.

        • Anonymous

          With the seats pushed back.  put the garden show on the floor in the new one.

      • Anonymous

        This arena will be a competitor to the Cumberland County Civic Center. The rock concerts that drives the usual dozen old people and country fans in the area crazy will now have the ability and needs to hold a show in the arena. Sesame Street, the circus…Nothing to lose more to gain.

      • Anonymous

        The floor-level seats retract. Even when they’re not retracted, the floor of the new arena will be larger than the floor of the Auditorium.

  • Anonymous

    I was unaware they were doing this today, I would have went. I understand the Cross’s being their but why wasn’t I invited.
    Self appointed bunch have the nerve to do this without inviting me or the public.. You work for the people, you understand council members.
    Invite the public, to these events..

    • Anonymous

      Surely you must be joking?  This is EXACTLY what this city council is all about.  They believe they are a higher class of citizen and have their little parties and get togethers and balls with all the richy riches of the city and they laugh at the struggles of the rest of us.  Honestly it makes me sick every time i work my butt off at the Folk Festival and see all of them attend the free booze affair the night before it begins…Smaller level of what really goes on in this city.

      • Anonymous

         Oh yeah and all too true!!

    • Anonymous

      The arena is still a construction site. I’m sure there will be an open house when the arena is finished, just as there was for the Bangor Auditorium.

      You can follow the project’s progress at http://bangorinfo.com/Focus/arena-progress-videos.htm. Unfortunately, the city doesn’t seem interested in my documentation project beyond that which can be seen from the outside. Which is too bad, considering the lack of documentation for the construction of the current Bangor Auditorium.

      • Anonymous

        I wanted to go to the beam signing, and this and only found out after the fact. Why should only a select crowd be invited to these events?
        Where was OSHA durning all this. Hard Hats, Steel toe Boots, saftey goggles etc. It is a constructing site after all. 
        I expect to see some fines for each and every person that was there without this equiptment

      • Anonymous

        Your work has been great Ryan!  I have been following it and want to thank you for doing it.  The city should let you in to film the inside.  Shame on them.  Any publicity for this place should be welcomed, not shunned.  Nice job.

    • Anonymous

      I was at work anyway.

  • Anonymous

    The arena will have 5,800 seats, not 8,000.

    • Anonymous

      I think the 8000 number includes general admission, but you’re right, GA is technically standing, so 5,800 SEATS is correct.

      • Anonymous

        Not only that, but at least a couple of hundred of those 5,800 seats belong to the luxury suites. Ice shows (which will have to bring their own ice), monster truck shows, the circus, basketball games, and other events that will use most of the floor won’t see anything close to 8,000 seats.

        To take things further, any event that needs the full length of the floor won’t even have 5,800 seats available, because to use the floor’s full length, the telescoping seats on the south end will have to be retracted.

        The arena is too small.

        And for those people expecting a larger lobby for the basketball tournaments as fans wait for games to finish before they sit down — sorry. From what I’ve seen, the space is the same as it is at the Auditorium.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t see how the Bangor market could support a larger arena, and ice would be nice but without a permanent tenant using the ice it is a pretty large expense with little payoff (and Bangor is too small of a market for AHL, the best we could hope for is major-juniors and they didn’t last too long in Lewiston or ECHL, which isn’t likely either).  The city would not keep ice down for one or two ice shows a year.

          Wasn’t the population of Bangor larger than it is now when the original auditorium was built?

          • Anonymous

            Don’t count out the major-juniors just yet….

        • Anonymous

          Ice shows travel with their own ice. If you have ever been on a sheet of ice used for hockey you would understand why ice shows travel with ice.

  • Anonymous

    Just another tombstone purchased in the name of pride, the deadliest of the seven deadly sins. He has a long ways to go to catch Harold Alfond in the tombstone competition. A bigger man would have made the “donation” anonymous and told them to call it the Bangor Civic Center. Sorry Mr. Cross, I will be taking my insurance business else where.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree. It’s sickening.

    • Anonymous

      I believe “envy” is one of those as well.  Is it not?

      • Anonymous

        Envy? lol. I’m 52, semi retired, and spend my time fishing with my grand children. I have no debt, no obligations, and I do volunteer work when ever I can. I seriously doubt Mr. Cross is any more content with his life than I am with mine. Nope, no envy here.

    • Anonymous

      Booo…

  • Anonymous

    If they were going to sell naming rights anyway, I am glad to see that a family-owned, local business bought them. Would be much more offensive to me if a Boston-area business had the naming rights.

    I am sure people would find a reason to complain if it was the Darling’s Dome or the Quirk Center because somewhere along the way they bought a POS car that broke down.

    We should all be happy there is growth and expansion taking place in Bangor. This new arena will be a great venue that attracts more and bigger acts to Bangor which, in turn, will attract more people. Those people will eat in Bangor restaurants, stay in Bangor hotels and buy gas in Bangor before heading home.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking about the Bangor Car Care “COME JOIN THE PAAHHHTY” Center? Nah, Cross Insurance Center sounds better.

      • Anonymous

        River City Center would’ve been nice too.

  • Conley Raye

    Well here is how I see it, it must be a major ego boost for the family ? 3 million for 15 years, is a deal indeed. But as was said, its a local firm. I bet MacDonald’s  would of greatly exceeded that amount but hey, its a done deal. I remember the local developer Bion Foster and his 1 million dollar donation to The University of Maine, a few years ago, he received all the publicity and TV coverage but we never heard if he actually gave them the money or reneged on payment ? Anyone know as I have heard many stories ?

  • Guest

    A successful self made man with personal ties to the new arena and his home city. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    This article is giving Mr. Cross way too much credit for the business that bears his name.  We all know that he “didn’t build that!”

    Perhaps calling it the “Government Insurance Center” would have been a fitting tribute to our Dear Leader’s recent speech in Roanoke, VA…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if they are up to date on the lastest Obama rant.

  • Anonymous

    The Cross family is a group of very good people. Insurance, is unfortunately, a business that we all need. Many comments here are out of line with what they are trying to do. They employ local people and provide jobs for many others that are connected to the insurance industry. I say kudos to them for putting their money where their mouth is. Everyone seems to hate those who have been successful. Welcome to the new America. We used to celebrate success but now we cast a dim view of those who have done better than us. Keep voting for the Obama legacy and have no fear that success stories will be fewer and far between. When 51% live on government benefits and 49% try to work and pay for them, this party will be over. By the way, I am not rich nor involved in any way with the Cross family nor the insurance industry. Rant over

    • Anonymous

       Read up on CLUE reports and see if you still feel the same way.

      • Anonymous

        I understand CLUE reports. What is your issue with them and how does it relate to the naming of the Bangor Arena. Do you expect an insurer to charge you the same as someone who has had 12 accidents? Dont you think that claims a person makes against an insurer should have some bearing on what it costs you to insure your property or belongings. In the perfect world that you might believe exists everyone would pay the same. Unfortunately, those who have more chance on destroying a car or have a low credit score are assigned a higher risk number and therefore pay more than others who have a lower chance of crashing or choose to work hard to pay the bills they bring upon themselves. It appears that society as a whole has decided that no one should make money and no one should have to face the consequences of past behavior. Once again, life is not free or easy. How would insurance work if we all paid the same and all of us put in an equal or larger amount of claims than the amount we paid in. Hint, no insurance for anyone, even if you were a responsible person.

         Do you think someone running a company should do it to break even. If so, we are all screwed. Business people are in business to make money. In the process they allow employees to make money. Then we pay taxes on the money so that we can improve infrastructure and make this a better place to be. Then more people want to live here and to do that they buy items and even open up a business of their own, serving others and trying to make some money. It worked for a lot of years. If you want to see where we are headed, take a quick gander at Europe. We cannot afford to support those who want something for nothing. Please dont get started on the banking and housing crisis and how businessmen and bankers were greedy. Yes, there is some of that but the real issues is that the government guaranteed loans to people who could not pay the money back. Thus, the government failed us yet again. The people who bought homes they could not afford are as much to blame as all of the other ingredients of that ongoing mess.

        Just shut up and let the Cross Insurance Company get some value out of the money that they spent to name the auditorium. That is what I was getting at to begin with. Success should be lauded and not crapped on. I liked the America that I grew up in. It “aint” perfect but please, applaud the success and stop blaming everyone else because you think your life sucks because you cant have everything you want. As I tell my son, once a week, in this country you can have anything you want, you just cant have everything you want. Thanks for the tip on the CLUE reports. Find a park to haunt with the other occupiers that are angry that American business is paying their way.

    • Anonymous

      Very good rant.

  • Anonymous

    I never post but lets all remember almost all big stadiums/arenas these days are sponsored by bigger companies. Example…The Boston Garden is actually TD Bank Garden. 

    • Anonymous

       So just accept it? Is Boston Garden Boston’s or TD’s property?

      • Anonymous

         I honestly cannot tell you if Boston owns the garden or if TD does…but that was just an example. If you where to google any major stadium/arena most these days have a name on them by a bigger firm. I agree that it is a bummer b/c it does take the local feeling out of it and how it’s no longer feels like it’s just for the people.

        • Anonymous

           There’s a reason for the loss of local feeling. Read up on Agenda 21. All planned out for the future since long ago. We don’t know what we’re doing so the experts must tell us and design our lives for us.

      • Anonymous

        Delaware North owns the Garden

  • Anonymous

    Fodda for the entitlement crowd.The Demorhoids will sue someone to change the name and get the three million distributed among the non producers. How dare they make money .

    • Anonymous

       lol ok whatever timjy making stuff up

    • Anonymous

      They?  Do you mean corporate city of Bangor?

  • Anonymous

    Calling OSHA
    construction site violations here.
    Hard hats, safty boot, goggles etc. Cianbro allowed people on their work site without the proper saftey equiptment.
    I will be waiting for the charges to be brought up or I will be sending in a request for a refund  when I got fined for not having my  ladder 3 feet above the roof line.

    • Anonymous

      They are not working 

      • Anonymous

        I’m not allowed on any construction site without safty gear..  Go over today for a vist and I bet they have safty equiptment for visitors to wear durning your visit.. I’ll will wager they do.

        • Anonymous

          If theres nothing going on no work being done you do not need safety  stuff on.  Like when BIW has an open house people are going thru the plant an theres no work going one they don’t have safety stuff on

      • Anonymous

        All visitors need to wear safety equipment. It’s on all of the signs at the site’s entrances. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just walking through.

  • Anonymous

    Like i said before if you people are not whining about one thing it another grow up now i see why kids act the why they do

    • Anonymous

      I believe in KAMA

  • Anonymous

    I really find this recent idea of naming ball parks & civic centers after companies to be distasteful. It’s like, couldn’t you come up with a better name than that?  It’s much more appealing when such a facility has a name that reflects the area it is in.  I agree with “letsbehonestforonce” that River City Center would have been a nice name. 

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