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 Washington Ave Armory by upstateNYer

The (for now) Washington Avenue Armory. / photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

If you could name an arena, what would you call it?

The Washington Ave Armory announced Monday that its naming rights are up for bid. It's looking for bids of at least $100,000 per year, with the term of the deal to be negotiated.

From the request for proposals:

Respondent has the complete naming right of The Washington Avenue Armory. This includes but is not limited to, all media coverage, published material, and the right to display signage on the interior/exterior of the building. The Respondent's requested place of the existing "The Washington Avenue Armory" title.

Joe Bonilla -- managing partner of Relentless Awareness, which is handling the bidding process for the Armory -- told us Monday that the name could take the format of "Local Company Arena" or "Local Company Arena at the Armory" or any sort of variation on that.

Bids are due to Relentless Awareness by August 29 (with a postmark no later than August 22). Bidders that meet the requirements will make presentations in September, and the winner will be chosen in October.

By the way: The Armory averages about 70,000 a year in attendance for the various events there, according to the RFP. And it expects to hit 85,000 this year, and 100,000 by 2015.


Sounds like someone needs to raise a little capital.

No one will pay $100k a year for the naming rights.

God help us if Billy Fuccillo buys the naming rights.

"...tonight's concert, held at the Billy Fuccillo HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGEEEEEEEEEEEEE-AH arena, will being at..."

It's interesting that the Armory predicts their attendance numbers to grow when music events held there can be cancelled at the drop of a hat due to security concerns and semantics over what constitutes a rave vs a concert.

Boggles my mind that the great people of Albany preferred to make this a center of Roller Derby and Rave Parties rather than the MAIN branch of the Albany Library system...yeah that would have been such a dumb public investment!!!If it's crap you want then by golly its crap you'll get!!

If someone is bad-mouthing roller derby at the Armory, BS, I'm going to prepare my fists for pummeling. There are many great old buildings for a library. In Cohoes, we converted a church into a library. I seem to remember Albany having an abandoned church, somewhere around Ten Broeck Street? But in a huge expansive room like the Armory, it's got to be DERBY, or other sports.

Plus raves, too, I guess.

Daily Grind Arena

When did they want to make the Armory in to the library?

How about the Lousy Sound Arena? Unfortunate but true

I don't know....the All Over Albany Armory has a pretty nice ring to it.

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