Billy Slater will be forever present at Melbourne Storm matches at AAMI Park after the Club today announced the naming of the Northern Stand in his name.
The Slater Stand will be officially revealed prior to Storm’s opening match against the Broncos this Thursday at AAMI Park.
“Billy’s impact on the Storm has been enormous on and off the field,” Storm CEO, Dave Donaghy, said.
“His on-field records speak volumes, but he has also helped rugby league become part of the morning chat in coffee shops, schools, board rooms and shop floors across the state.
“Storm members and fans love him, and the Melbourne public have embraced him so much that the boy from Innisfail in Queensland now calls Victoria home.
“There was very little discussion needed when we first flagged the idea with the stadium. They were very supportive and as a Club we are proud to give fans the chance to sit in the Slater Stand forever for every game we play here.”
Donaghy also announced that 319 lucky fans could buy a ticket into the Slater Stand for $1 this week when Billy and his family are there to witness the reveal of the stand. The number of $1 tickets available reflects Slater’s record of games played in the purple jersey with the Storm.
“To have a stand with my name on it at my home ground is something very special and humbling,” Slater said.
“It’s certainly not something I thought about when the Storm gave me an opportunity to play here back in 2002.
“I’ve always wanted to be a one-club player and I am thankful to have been able to do that here in Melbourne. I love this Club and I love being able to build a future here in Victoria with my family.”
The naming of the ‘Slater Stand’ follows the Victorian Government’s announcement of a statue of Slater to be permanently placed outside of AAMI Park alongside Storm Captain, Cameron Smith.
For the chance to pick up a $1 ticket into the Slater Stand visit the Melbourne Storm Facebook page. Only 319 available.
Tickets for Storm’s opening match against the Broncos on sale now at Ticketek.com.au.