So, what is it?
The Sir John Davies Oval or the John Davies Oval?
The Queenstown Events Centre oval initially started life as the John Davies Oval, but then the man it was named after was knighted in 2013.
So it was only right, to me, the oval reflected that and became the Sir John Davies Oval.
My crusade started.
Since then, I have had numerous conversations with council staff, shared emails, battled to get the respect due and made sure media and sports organisations using the oval knew the correct name.
I have had some back and forth with staff as we debated it.
More than once.
I was an original trustee on the old Events Centre trust, even under the chairmanship of our current mayor, Jim Boult.
I sat down to watch some of the recent ODI series between our White Ferns and India and saw reference on the telly referring to the John Davies Oval.
So, I made contact with senior staff at Queenstown’s council and am told they will have a word with New Zealand Cricket.
As the series unfolded commentators — bar one, Central Otago’s Paul Allison — still called it the John Davies Oval, and there was no change in the graphics on the TV.
I know Sir John’s comfortable either way, but maybe I’m old school.
To me, his knighthood should be reflected in the ground’s name.
Before we get onto the rugby ground misnomer, I need to give the Highlanders Super Rugby side a plug — when they’ve used the Events Centre ground, they’ve called it the Sir John Davies Oval.
Next up, I sit down to watch the rugby between the Highlanders and Chiefs on the Queenstown Recreation Ground, home of the Wakatipu Rugby Club, and am staggered to hear well-respected broadcaster Grant Nisbett refer to it as ‘‘the Whakatipu ground’’.
Given our own Justin Marshall was sitting alongside him, surely a wee tap on Nisbo’s shoulder would have corrected him, Justin?
To me, it starts by council ensuring our sports grounds are correctly titled in all communication, then it filters down to sporting codes using the facilities and media.
Eden Park is not Auckland’s Ground, Hagley Oval is not Hadlee Oval.
This has got to stop.
It is the Sir John Davies Oval and the Queenstown Recreation Ground.
Let’s make it clear once and for all, show the respect, put the icing on top of the cake and not have it dripping down the side.
Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson is, among other things, a sports broadcaster and avid sports supporter for more than 30 years