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Nathan Schmook, afl.com.au  January 12, 2018 1:15 PM

Dennis Cometti has been honoured at the new Optus Stadium in Perth

Dennis Cometti has been honoured at the new Optus Stadium in Perth

BROADCASTING great Dennis Cometti has been honoured at the new Perth Stadium, with the venue's media centre named in his honour.

A WA icon, Cometti retired from calling AFL matches on television at the end of the 2016 season, having headlined Channel Seven's coverage since 1988 in every year the station held the rights.

The state-of-the-art media facility at Optus Stadium was unveiled on Friday as the Dennis Cometti Media Centre, paying tribute to one of the game's great voices.

"Nobody sets out on any career thinking about having a day like today. But a day like today certainly makes you think about your career," Cometti said.

"There is no doubt WA bats well above its weight when it comes to producing sports broadcasters and journalists. The people acknowledged in this wonderful media centre prove that.

"I never felt the need to live anywhere other than Perth. And in fairness, no-one ever suggested I should. I think I have always been blessed with good management.

"My career is really testimony to my wife Velia and our two children, Ricki and Mark. They seemed to cope with all my time away so well, in hindsight, perhaps a little too well."

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, who unveiled the new media centre on Friday, said he could think of no one more deserving of the honour.     

He paid tribute to Cometti, who started with Channel Seven in 1986 and spent a five-year stint with the Nine Network when it won the AFL rights in 2002, commentating 16 Grand Finals.

"For most Western Australian sports lovers, Dennis Cometti is the voice of football," McGowan said.  

"His career across radio and TV – including calling events at several Olympic Games – has been simply outstanding.

"Western Australian footy fans were sad to see Dennis retire from AFL television commentary, but it is terrific to know his presence will live on in WA’s new sporting era at Optus Stadium."

Cometti remained behind the microphone in 2017, offering special comments for Channel Seven's WAFL coverage and calling all Perth AFL games for local radio station Mix 94.5.

The 68-year-old played 60 games for West Perth and coached the WAFL club for three seasons in the early 1980s.

Prior to joining Channel Seven he called Test cricket for the ABC for 13 years, with his radio and television broadcasting career also including stints at several Olympic Games.