Riverway Stadium grandstand to be named after former cricket legend

Date published: 28 September 2022

One of cricket’s most lovable larrikins will be forever honoured after Townsville City Council endorsed at September’s Ordinary Meeting of Council to name Riverway Stadium’s grandstand after the late Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds.

There has been overwhelming support in the community to commemorate the former Australian international cricketer after he died in a car crash at Hervey Range earlier this year.

Mayor Jenny Hill said Andrew Symonds was a legend of the sport and a significant contributor to the Townsville community.

“Roy was a proud North Queenslander who gave back to the Townsville community through charity and his involvement in junior sports,” Cr Hill said.

“He was also a great friend to many people and would light up any room he was in.

“Roy’s passing has been a tragic loss to our community, and I know his absence is felt far and wide across the country.

“We have had several requests to name the grandstand at Riverway Stadium after Roy to commemorate his contribution to cricket, charity and sports in the city, nationally and internationally.

“I sincerely want to thank Roy’s wife Laura, their children and his family for their support of the proposal.”

Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said this was a fitting tribute for a legend of the game.

“Not only did Roy wear the baggy green with pride and distinction, but he also was a prominent figure in the community,” Cr Soars said.

“The work he did around the city with the juniors and the local cricket scene was beyond compare and he did it quietly, ensuring he never took the focus away from our Townsville up-and-coming players.”

Council will now progress with officially naming Riverway Stadium’s grandstand ‘The Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds Grandstand’.

For more information on the stadium, go to the Riverway Stadium page.