SCG to preserve stand names
The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust will preserve the names M.A. Noble, Bradman and Dally Messenger on the grandstand and scoreboard presently under construction at the northern end of the SCG.
The names Noble and Bradman will apply to approximately the same places as the names on the old stands, which were demolished last year to make way for the new development.
The scoreboard and video screen, built on the site of the former Dally Messenger Stand and now in operation, will carry the name of Messenger.
SCG Trust Chairman, Rodney Cavalier said the Trust resolved to retain the three previous names after lengthy consideration.
"There was, at the end of a lot of thinking, no reason to replace three such grand names in Australian sport and the history of the SCG," Mr Cavalier stated.
The NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon. Graham Annesley, endorsed the Trust's decision.
"The Sydney Cricket Ground is such an important part of the history of Sydney and NSW and it is fitting the Trust has decided to continue honouring these famous names who have left their indelible mark on the Sydney Cricket Ground both on and off the field," Mr Annesley said.
The names will be placed on the stand and scoreboard as they approach completion.
The stand will be in operation for the Ashes cricket Test between Australia and England commencing 3 January next year.