Who will win naming rights at Bath City's Twerton Park stadium?
The contest to name Bath City’s stadium next season has had an unlikely horde of invaders from Norway.
The club, nicknamed the Romans, will unveil at half-time of today’s West Country derby with Forest Green Rovers who has won the Name the Stadium promotion.
The winner will be awarded the stadium naming rights for Twerton Park for the 2012/13 season.
More than a fifth of the 167 entries to name the stadium have come from overseas, with the lions’ share of those coming from Norwegians who have paid £50 each to enter.
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The 167 entries – which will raise the club £8,350 – include a staggering 22 from the Scandinavian country.
Among the more unusual of the Norwegian entrants was one by Roy Nilsbakken.
Nilsbakken is a member of Kråkevingen Supporterklubb, the supporters club of third division Norwegian football club Moss FK.
Their entry was, “Hot-dog in a Waffle Park,” which is named in honour of the celebrated snack served at Moss FK matches.
As Nilsbakken explained, “Hot-dog in a Waffle, or Pølse i Vaffel is famous nationwide in Norway. Combined with a pint of beer and football this is just heaven.”
The club held a meeting last week to review the names submitted during the promotion and ask for re-submissions where appropriate.
It seems plenty of fans are quite happy with the name Twerton Park and 16 of the entrants will eschew personal glorification if they win the contest and will leave the name for the ground next year unchanged.
Apart from Norway entries also came from Australia, Singapore, Denmark, Finland, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. Except for the two entries from Australia, none of the other overseas entries had a previous connection with Bath City.
Fifty-eight entries were from businesses. The rest were from private individuals, many of whom chose to enter their own name, the name of a friend, or to remember a loved one.
Bath City said that although there were concerns mischievous Forest Green Rovers fans would use the promotion as an opportunity to submit unflattering names, it appears no FGR fans entered.
Club officials said only a handful of entries were judged to be unacceptable and it had taken a very liberal view with names that are unusual but still within the rules.
Among the entrants crossing their fingers ahead of today’s draw are Sky TV show Soccer AM and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who want to rename Twerton Park as the Have the Balls to Fix Your Dog Stadium as part of a neutering campaign.