Andrew Johns may have the western grandstand named after him but for round 19 of the NRL at least, it will be close mate Mark Hughes' stadium.
In a huge show of support for the Mark Hughes Foundation, McDonald Jones Stadium will again be renamed Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium when the Knights take on the Wests Tigers next Friday night with the weekend's round devoted to raising money for brain cancer research. For the second consecutive year, a giant beanie sits atop the stadium entrance to the eastern grandstand with fans encouraged to buy a beanie for the cause and wear it to the game.
"I would like to thank McDonald Jones and Venues NSW for their wonderful support," Hughes said. "For Bill McDonald and Venues NSW to come together to support our cause and give up the naming rights to McDonald Jones Stadium is a huge gesture and one that we feel truly honoured by. We can't wait to see a packed house at the Knights game with the loyal fans wearing their beanies."
Venues NSW CEO Paul Doorn said in a statement: "We are proud to support the Mark Hughes Foundation and I'd like to publicly thank McDonald Jones Homes for giving up their naming rights to our stadium for this great cause."
Knights boss Phil Garder said: "It was a terrific initiative to have the giant beanie sit atop the stadium last year and we are thrilled to have it back for our match against the Wests Tigers."