Other power brokers want former Roosters and NSW captain Brad Fittler to be recognized for his appeal to a younger generation.
The SCG Heritage Trust has been given the heavy responsibility of naming the stands for the 45,000-seat facility.
Members of the trust include prominent businessman Maurice Newman and former SCG administrator Rodney Cavalier.
All tenants of the Moore Park compound, including the Sydney Swans who do not play in a rectangular stadium, have been asked to submit names.
A shortlist was drawn up before the Heritage Trust made a recommendation to the Venues NSW Board.
It is understood that Coote was approved for two reasons.
First, the belief that his achievements as a player went under-recognized by rugby league, despite being inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame. Besides Coote’s premiership success for Souths and the Roosters , he played 23 Tests for Australia.
Second, he was the founder of the Men of League Foundation, which has provided invaluable support to former players, coaches and officials who have fallen on hard times since its inception in 2000.
The Roosters declined to comment on the record, nor did Venues NSW, but privately the club believe their recommendation should carry more weight as they are the ground’s oldest tenants, having played at the former sports ground of Sydney since 1911 before it was replaced by the former. incarnation of the SFS, which he also called home until it was demolished in 2018.
Although Beetson was overlooked this time around, he could be named to a grandstand in the future. Four more naming positions remain to be decided.
It has also been speculated that the Roosters’ Center of Excellence inside the new stadium could be named after him, although there is strong pressure for the club’s chairman and longtime benefactor Nick Politis.
Acknowledging history is often a thankless task for administrators, especially when so many clubs and codes share the venue. People rarely agree on the naming of the stands or the erection of statues.
Warren’s inclusion not only recognizes his contribution to football, but football’s connection to the Sydney Sportsground, where the Socceroos played most of their matches because it was a flatter, truer surface than the SCG.
Shehadie’s name adorned one of the stalls at the old SFS, but the Heritage Trust considered his contribution too important not to use it again.
The Roosters and South Sydney are set to play the opener at the stadium when they meet on Matchday 25 on September 2 despite lobbying from the Matildas, Wallabies and Sydney FC.
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