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Give the Brooklyn Cyclones credit where credit is due — their Coney Island stadium is now named for the city’s largest credit union.

Keyspan Park is now officially MCU Park — a name that reflects the world’s most popular Class-A ballpark’s new sponsor, the Municipal Credit Union.

The new moniker — which became inevitable after Keyspan went out of existence after being purchased by the British energy giant National Grid in 2007 — was announced Thursday at the Surf Avenue stadium, just one week after the Cyclones and National Grid released the details of their amicable divorce.

“MCU and the Cyclones are a great fit,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. “All of their members are workers like firefighters and cops — and that really matches our fan base.”

Neither Cohen, nor Municipal Credit Union President and CEO Kam Wong would release the financial agreement behind the 11-year naming-rights deal.

The original deal on the stadium, which opened along the Coney Island Boardwalk in 2001, was supposed to run through 2020. But Cohen said that the Cyclones were allowed to negotiate with other companies after National Grid approached the team and asked for the Keyspan name to be replaced by National Grid.

“That gave us the opportunity to look for another partner,” Cohen said.

Before the deal was announced, experts questioned how any potential bidder would put a value on having its name on the side of a baseball stadium.

“If you’re a Brooklyn-based company looking for recognition, this is a good opportunity to get in on the cheap,” said New York University sports business professor Robert Boland told Crains, estimating that the naming rights would be worth about $100,000 a year.

It should take a few months to install permanent signage, Cohen added, but a temporary sign was expected to be in place in time for the Thursday morning announcement.

Founded in 1916, Municipal Credit Union has more than 300,000 members, the vast majority of whom are city employees, federal employees who work in the five boroughs, or health care professionals who work in the state.

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Frank from Brooklyn says:
“MCU and the Cyclones are a great fit,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. “All of their members are workers like firefighters and cops" ?????

I guest Sanitation Worker & NYC Transit workers don't count! OH Well we are use to it, I got to find another Bank! LOL!
Feb. 4, 2010, 11:44 am
Eddie Mazz from Coney Island says:
I've Never called Keyspan Park, "Keyspan Park" and I'll Never call "MCU Park", "MCU Park"... Let's ditch all this Naming rights stuff and name the stadium it's real Name "The Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani Stadium of Baseball studies" or Just "Giuliani Stadium". That's what I've been calling the place since 2000. Why? You may ask... Because of Rudy we have this beautiful stadium, and let's us Not forget Rudy and his cronies Leveled the "Thunderbolt" roller coaster, Killing three guard Dog's in the process. "I'll be damed to spend $38 million on my stadium just to have it look out on that Dilapidated piece of Garbage" Rudy quoted in 2000. See ya Next Summer!!
Feb. 5, 2010, 1:28 am
friend of marty mashugana from Brownsville says:
It should be called marty mashugana park. The borough president can use all his leftover cash from his "nonprofit" organizations to buy it.
Feb. 5, 2010, 3:21 am
Eddie Mazz from Coney Island says:
Guys, let's just call it Big Rudy Love Stadium. I mean you gotta love that man - I mean he basically re-invented baseball.
If not Big Rudy Stadium, then maybe the Guilliano-dome?
I mean l just love that guy. I don't like Keyspan, but if I love any guy it's got to be Rudy.
How about we name the park Rudy. Just Rudy.

I watch at least three baseball games there a week, and everytime I watch the baseball I think why don't we call it Rudy? I mean rudy?
Feb. 5, 2010, 7:26 am
Sammy Cyclones from Sheepshead Bay says:
Even though I hate this trend of corporate names of stadiums, I had really grown fond of Keyspan Park and don't particularly like the change to MCU. Why not just call the joint Steeplechase Park (after the original amusement park that sat on that site) or Jackie Robinson Field, to honor that great man and Brooklyn history?

Someone on the Yahoo Cyclones message board had a great idea--Nathan's Park...Too bad the hot dog king didn't pony up the dough to name the joint.
Feb. 5, 2010, 1:08 pm
Johnnie from Park Slope says:
I agree with Eddie, Rudy is a major gay icon and the stadium should be named after him. What about the: Rudy Guilliani gay love stadium?
Feb. 8, 2010, 4:33 am

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