June 18th, 2009

Zionsville Close to Selling Naming Rights for New Stadium

By Mark Ambrogi
Zionsville Star

Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Scott Robison said the district could secure naming rights for the new multipurpose stadium in July.

The Eagles will play football and soccer at the stadium, which is expected to be completed by August. An archway at the stadium’s entrance will display the corporate sponsor’s name.

“We’ve had a good deal of interest, which we think is very positive,” Robison said. “Nothing has come to fruition at this point.

“We think it will be coming up in the next month, but we’re still working on what that whole package looks like.”

Robison declined to identify any of the possible sponsors. Earlier this year, Bob Bostwick, the district’s executive director of operations, said four corporations that do business in Zionsville are considering sponsorship.

The stadium would be the district’s first athletic facility to have a corporate name, although there are business names on scoreboards.

At least three area schools have sponsored facilities. Reynolds Farm Equipment committed $400,000 for stadiums at both high schools in Fishers, and Clarian Health is paying $40,000 a year through 2018 for the fields at those stadiums. Hare Chevrolet gave $125,000 for the football field at Noblesville Middle School, where varsity games are played.

Contracts considered—At a special meeting Friday, the School Board awarded St. Vincent Health the district’s nursing contract.

“That’s a new business relationship for us,” Robison said. “In the last three years, we’ve been with Clarian.”

Robison said the board also authorized him to finalize contract details with Sodexo, an international company that will provide custodial services.

“They’re going to offer positions to all of our existing custodians, and they will manage that,” he said. “Since that’s their core business, they’ll do it more efficiently than we’ve been doing it.”

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