As of 11:46 this morning, I'm going to have to remember TAXSLAYER Center (I have enough trouble remembering to write the correct year on checks during the month of January!)
The official release:
TaxSlayer, a leading online and professional tax and financial services technology company, today announced it has acquired the naming rights to the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority's 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena and conference center located in Moline, Illinois. The venue, formerly known as the iWireless Center, will be renamed TaxSlayer Center on October 1st, 2017. The deal, brokered by Impression Sports & Entertainment, has a total term of 10 years for a full value of over $3.3 million.
"TaxSlayer has experienced rapid growth in the Midwest, and we're thrilled to expand our presence there through this strategic partnership," said Chris Moloney, Chief Marketing Officer, TaxSlayer. "Our company is about radically transforming the way people use technology, allowing our hardworking customers to spend less time on the things they have to do and more on what they want to do. We know our customers are passionate about sports and entertainment, and our sponsorships, including the TaxSlayer Bowl, are key to showing them what we offer and providing support to their local communities."
The Center has hosted thousands of top name artists and events including Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Van Halen, Cher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. The TaxSlayer Center will be leaping right out of the gate with a strong concert line-up including Chris Stapleton, Matchbox 20, Janet Jackson, Justin Moore and Sir Elton John in its first six weeks under the new name.
"Joining forces with TaxSlayer will help us broaden our exposure and bring major artists and world class performances to our community," said Scott Mullen, TaxSlayer Center's Executive Director. "Working with an established financial technology company also has great optics as we market our venue within the entertainment industry nationally."
The arena is also home base to two professional sports teams, including the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL, a minor league professional ice hockey team with its opening game for the 2017-18 season taking place on October 13th, 2017. Champions Indoor Football team, the Quad City Steamwheelers kick-off their 12-game season in March of 2018.
"We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with TaxSlayer," said Don Welvaert, Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority Chairman. "This new partnership is great for our community and will help us maintain our standing as one of the top mid-size arenas in the country."
The Quad Cities region is a large metropolitan area with a population of more than 470,000 locals spread across two states and five cities, including Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois, making it one of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.