I’ve been talking about old Boston venue names for a couple of weeks now. And you’ve been talking about them, too.
So let’s continue the conversation. And build upon it. This all started a few weeks ago, when I put together this look back at Harborlights and it’s many name changes over the years. Eight, to be exact. In just under 30 years! That led to a similar history of the Mansfield, MA venue we call Great Woods, even though for over a decade now it’s been known as the Xfinity Center.
Names are a funny thing. Great Woods was “Great Woods” for a long time before its first name change, so it stands to reason that a lot of music fans of a certain age would still call it that. But Harborlights was only “Harbor Lights” for less than two years. Sure, some folks call it by its current name–Leader Bank Pavilion–but lots still call it Harborlights. Again, names are a funny thing.
Old Boston Venue Names: Which One Do You Bring Back?
So many of you chimed in about how you still call these storied venues by their old names that I decided to turn the whole thing into a 12-Inch Poll. This week, we’re going to take a whole bunch of big, beloved Boston music venues. Venues that have changed their name over the years (sometimes a whole bunch of times). And we’re going to pick one and change its name back. For good.
You get to pick one venue and tell its current sponsor or owner that the new name has to go. You get to tell them that they’ve got to bring back the original name. And that the name has to stay that way. Forever. Because let’s face it: we’re mostly using the old names anyway, right?