The Detroit TCF Center is change name this year, now that TCF bank has merged with Huntington bank.
Does this new name maybe Huntington Place?
Last month, Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares filed a federal trademark application for the name “Huntington Place”. The application does not state what the name is for, but indicates that it falls under a classification of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to “provide convention facilities for general use”.
The TCF Center is the downtown convention center once known as Cobo Hall. It made national headlines in November as crowds gathered outside and inside the building as election officials counted Detroit ballots in the controversial 2020 presidential election.
Bank officials have said the TCF Center name will disappear following the Huntington-TCF merger, which was finalized in June. The entire TCF branding is due to be retired in mid-October when all of the bank’s branches become Huntington branches.
A Huntington spokesperson declined to comment Friday on the Huntington Place brand and its connection to the Detroit Convention Center, saying that “we are not ready to make any announcements on the new name of the TCF Center at this time.”
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Huntington filed the trademark application on July 1, the same day it also filed for the name “Huntington Bank Stadium”.
Huntington Bank Stadium is now the name of the University of Minnesota football stadium, which until this summer was called TCF Bank Stadium.
There has been a lot of speculation in Detroit about the possible future names of the TCF Center. The most obvious choice of “Huntington Center” is already taken by the Huntington Center hockey arena in Toledo, and the Cleveland Convention Center has been known since 2016 as the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
Cobo Hall opened in 1960 and was named in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert Cobo, who died in 1957. Cobo’s policies have fueled racial tensions and made life more difficult for many black residents. , a legacy that ultimately led to calls for his name to be removed from the city monument.
In 2019, Chemical Bank signed a 22-year, $ 33 million naming rights deal that erased the Cobo name from building and highway signs, and that deal was inherited by TCF Bank during its merger that year with Chemical Bank.
A representative from the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, which operates the TCF Center, referred all comments on the potential new names to Huntington Bank.