Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has backflipped on a captain's call to name a Suncorp Stadium stand after the late Terry Mackenroth in the wake of public backlash.
Blowback sparked by the proposal has distressed the family of the former Queensland treasurer, who died this year.
"I do not want his family hurt or for his name to be a cause of division over a stadium that Terry loved so much," Ms Palaszczuk said in a statement on Monday.
The premier was last week forced to defend her unilateral decision to name the eastern stand after Mr Mackenroth after Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington labelled it "out of touch".
Ms Frecklington argued the accolade should be given to a Queensland sporting great, not a politician.
Mr Mackenroth, who was also deputy to Labor premier Peter Beattie, was credited as being a key figure in the transformation of the old Lang Park into the 52,000-seat Suncrop Stadium in the early 2000s.