But yesterday, when I looked up, I noticed that not only had new companies and logos been added to the Founding Partners banner, but some of the actual founding partners had been removed! Obviously Consol Energy was gone, but also First Niagara (now Key Bank) and American Eagle were nowhere to be found. While I'm not a patron of any of these companies, nor do I plan to be, I found it very funny, and a little disappointing to see history changed like that. I supposed I had hoped the Founding Partners were stay consistent and eventually, years from now, we could look up and laugh at the how "old" some of the companies and logos look now. It would be like a time capsule from Areana's beginning. But sadly, it's now just an "Advertisers of the Week" display.
The purging of history didn't stop with just the signs, however. I also noticed that with the team's shift back to Pittsburgh Gold this year, nearly every mention and reference to the Vegas Gold days of 2002-2016 have been purged from the highlight reels. Aside from a few Stanley Cup hoisting shots, nearly every clip in the pre-game show was from the 1980's and early 90's, or from games in the last two years when the team wore it's Pittsburgh Gold jerseys. It's as though history has again been wiped and the robo Penguin of the mid-90s and the Vegas Gold days are lost to history. (To be fair, I think their current jerseys are the best they've had...but I still like to see the team acknowledge its own history).
I suppose, however, the biggest danger to this type of corporate involvement, not only in hockey but anything, is that it's a war with the competition. While the patrons might enjoy some nostalgia, the companies are all about the present and future. As a result, if it's not currently contractual, or meeting the interests of the paying companies, well....it's like it never happened at all. Hopefully someone has a picture of the original "Founding Partners" banner somewhere. It'll be interesting to see just how many versions they go through before we're on to the next Arena.