Say No to CHI Health Center Omaha Naming Rights

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On Wednesday, June 20th, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA) announced the new naming rights partner for the current CenturyLink Center Omaha. As of September 1, 2018 the building will now be called CHI Health Center Omaha.

This name change is not in the best interest of the City of Omaha. Residents and visitors alike will potentially believe it to be a medical facility and may attempt to seek care there. An organization like CHI Health should focus on providing care to its patients, not spend $23+ million in naming rights for an arena. CHI Heath has stated this amount is coming from their marketing budget and does not pull dollars from other areas of health care operations. However, this company eliminated at least 200 jobs this year alone, has a potential merger with Dignity Health, and does not treat their employees with the respect they deserve. A religious organization should not receive priority to use a city building to push its agenda.

The residents and visitors of the City of Omaha, deserve something better on our entertainment facility. Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska has frequently been the choice of concerts and other events over the current CenturyLink Center Omaha. This name change and naming rights partner will do nothing but further this advantage for Lincoln. We implore MECA and the City of Omaha to re-open the discussion for the arena naming rights.

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