Middlesbrough have offered fans the chance to vote upon a new name for the Riverside Stadium, to be in effect for one match only, when Boro take on Norwich City at home on Saturday March 30th.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) March 12, 2019
The club have offered four possible name options for supporters to choose from: Captain James Cook Stadium, Endeavour Stadium, Discovery Stadium and Resolution Stadium.
All four names are meant to serve as an homage to the iconic 18th century explorer Captain James Cook, who was born in the local Teesside area. Endeavour, Discovery and Resolution were the names of three of the ships Cook navigated on his three famous voyages.
The results of the vote will be unveiled by the club on Friday March 15th.
Not all Boro fans have been impressed by this venture from the club though. Many feel that there are other figures in the club and region’s history worthy of recognition, including Ali Brownlee. Brownlee was a broadcaster who passed away in 2016, having covered the club for BBC Tees for many years – earning him the nickname ‘Voice of the Boro’.
Following the club’s announcement of the plans to temporarily rename the Riverside, plenty of supporters took to Twitter to give their views on the matter…
Anyone else like the sound of “The Steel River Stadium” or “Steel River Stadium”. Links in nicely with the area and our heritage in mining and steelworks and gives us a nice way to respect and commemorate where we came from – we built the world! #UTB #Boro
— Mikel Masterclass (@SuperJohnMikel) 12 March 2019
I like your thinking, give us 4 horrid names so we don’t have to rename it! pic.twitter.com/nl9DrLeTJo
— Ross Young (@RossYoung2) 12 March 2019
Ridiculous decision. So it wasn’t for the fans to decide after all. As 99% of them would have gone for ‘Ali Brownlee’
— Glenn Colin Melvin (@glenncm2812) 12 March 2019
The Ali Brownlee Riverside Stadium or I’ll abstain
— Michael Gair (@MichaelTG91) 12 March 2019
Sorry, but this is pointless. It’s the Riverside. Only mega bucks from a sponsor should change this and then only after very careful consideration. Good luck to ETV though. They can rename the match programme, have pitchside adverts and fly flags.
— Rob Lewis (@RobBuzzard) 12 March 2019
The great irony of course is that the Riverside itself, name and all, is one of the things and places that Teessiders are most proud of.
— Rob Scott (@RobSc0tt) 12 March 2019
— David Relph (@davidrelphphoto) 12 March 2019
— . (@clarke1371) 12 March 2019