ESPN Crikey.com can reveal that the official pink marble painting on the wall of the new Pink Marble Hall of Fame is on track to be unveiled in late 2018.
The wall of marble will be one of the biggest pieces of pink on display when the hall opens in 2021, with an estimated cost of $3.5 million.
The pink marble was created by the late George Gilderbrand and will be installed at the Hall of Famous Footballers in 2021.
The Hall of Footballers will also feature the legendary football club’s home and away jerseys, as well as an array of memorabilia, including football boots, football cards and even the famous pink football shoes.
The new Hall of Pink Marble will be dedicated to the memory of legendary footballers including Frank Gildersleeve, Tony Greaves, Steve Bould, Gary Ballance and Pat Jennings.
A statue of former players, coaches and managers will be built in the centre of the hall, with a bronze plaque to commemorate the Hall’s 150th anniversary.
“Pink marble is an amazing material and the first time I’ve seen it, I was amazed,” said former players Steve Boughton, Gary Clark, Frank Greaves and Joe Kinchington.
“It is such a beautiful colour.
It’s like a gold colour.”
Gildersleeves coach Tony Greave was a key member of the All Blacks in the 1960s and 70s.
“The hall will be a place for people to come together and be part of the game,” Gildering said.
“You won’t find a place like this in the world.”
We’ll have a lot of people that are looking forward to coming in for a visit.
“Pink marble has become a trademark colour in the game of football.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has partnered with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to produce a range of pink mixtures.”
With the inclusion of pink, we will be able to show our support for a sport that has gone from strength to strength,” said Steve Gildinger, the ARU’s chief executive.”
From the game itself, to the way that we approach the game, to our relationship with the ARL and the sport in general, pink has been an integral part of rugby union for a long time.””
This is a landmark moment for the sport, as it becomes the first professional rugby league venue to feature the iconic pink colour.
“This pink marble is the most important piece of the puzzle of what we are trying to achieve.”
The first of the pink mounds of marble was unveiled in 2020, at a cost of a reported $1.5m.
“Pink is a beautiful color,” former player Gary Clark said.
“I think it has helped us win so many matches.
I think it’s also been a part of our culture.
It means a lot to the players, and it means a great deal to the fans.”
The stadium has been in use for about a decade, with the majority of the fixtures being played in the home and the away halves.
The home side will play in the old Main Stand, while the away side will come to the new Main Stand.
The stadium will feature a total of six terraces, with one at each end.
The ground will also host a team of 20 players.
“If we’re going to win it, it’s going to take the best of the best,” Gough said.
It will be the first stadium in Australia to host a professional rugby union match, as the AIS had previously held its first match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2014.
Rugby league is a multi-purpose sport and the Hall will be an excellent way for fans to watch it.
“People will come and watch the game on the terraces and get a taste of the sport,” Greaves said.