Updated 03/13/2013 05:38 PM
Name change official for Alliance Bank Stadium
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The home of the Syracuse Chiefs now has a new name. The former Alliance Bank Stadium will now be known as NBT Bank Stadium, reflecting the recent merger between the two.
Onondaga County leaders unveiled the new look Wednesday.
Despite the change, Chiefs' officials say fans should not expect any major differences when they attend games. They say by Opening Day on April 13th, most of the signs throughout the park will be updated with the new name. The county executive says keeping a corporate sponsor at the park is financially critical.
"We rely on that revenue to offset that debt from the original building of the stadium, so it's very important to us to keep that naming rights agreement in place, and it helps us to go good things here," said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.
In the original naming rights agreement, the county was liable for all fees associated with changing the sponsor signs inside the stadium and on area roadways. But Mahoney says NBT has agreed to split the $60,000 cost for the stadium signs.