May 5th, 2011

Pittsburgh City Council considers selling airport naming rights

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

It could happen if Allegheny County officials can agree on—and get federal approval for—a plan to sell naming rights for what is now plain vanilla Pittsburgh International Airport. Members of county council’s government reform committee will discuss the idea when they meet Thursday at 4 p.m. in the courthouse.

Councilman Ed Kress, R-Shaler, proposed the measure Tuesday night. Money raised from the sale of the naming rights could be used, for example, to reduce gate fees at the airport, making the facility more competitive, he said. Any new name for the airport would have to be acceptable to the community, he said.

Other large public facilities, including PNC Park, Heinz Field and Consol Energy Center, are supported in part from the sale of naming rights. “This is an idea worth taking a look at,” he said.

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