The Go Media Stadium will be renamed as Daniel Anderson Stadium for the Round 25 match between the One New Zealand Warriors and Manly-Warringah. This round has been dedicated to the club’s former head coach, Daniel Anderson. The NRL announced this special round as an opportunity for the rugby league community to raise critical funds for Anderson, who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury last year. The match will take place on Friday, August 18.
Go Media, the naming rights sponsor of Mount Smart Stadium, has agreed to rename the venue in honor of Daniel Anderson for this special round. Mike Gray, the managing director and co-founder of Go Media, expressed their enthusiasm to support the fundraising effort and acknowledge Daniel’s contribution to the club. He believes renaming the stadium is the perfect way to honor him.
In addition to renaming the stadium, the One New Zealand Warriors have decided to move their annual old boys’ day to coincide with the match against Manly. It is expected that a large group of players from Anderson’s era will gather in support of their former coach. During his tenure from 2001-2004, Anderson led the Warriors in 92 matches, achieving a record of 51 wins, two draws, and 39 losses. Under his guidance, the club won the minor premiership and reached their first Grand Final in 2002. They also made the finals in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George expressed his excitement for Round 25, saying it will be a tremendous occasion for the rugby league community to come together and show support for Daniel and his family. He thanked partners like Go Media for their support in making Daniel Anderson Stadium the place to be on August 18.
As part of the tribute, the One New Zealand Warriors will wear the 2003 throwback jersey, the iconic black and silver strip associated with the season when they almost made it to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year. A special ticket offer for the match will be released later this month, with proceeds from every purchase being donated to the Daniel Anderson Support Fund.