Sun­corp eyes NRL de­ciders

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

NRL CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive Dave Smith has been in­volved in key meet­ings in Bris­bane about a bid to bring an NRL grand fi­nal to Sun­corp Sta­dium in 2020 or be­yond.

“When we were fi­nal­is­ing the long- term hir­ing ar­range­ments with the Bron­cos ear­lier this year, the NRL, at Dave Smith level, was in­volved in the dis­cus­sions,’’ said a spokesman for AEG Og­den, man­agers of Sun­corp Sta­dium and other en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres across Aus­tralia.

“We wanted an op­por­tu­nity for Queens­land to bid for fu­ture grand fi­nals.

“Man­age­ment of Sun­corp Sta­dium raised the po­ten­tial and our un­der­stand­ing is the NRL will con­sider putting it to ten­der lead­ing up to the ( end of) cur­rent ar­range­ments in 2019.’’

Smith said last Septem­ber that grand fi­nals could be played out­side Syd­ney in fu­ture with ten­ders wel­comed from other states. The only grand fi­nal played out­side Syd­ney was the 1997 Su­per League de­cider, which was played in Bris­bane dur­ing the code’s split sea­son.

“Un­der the NRL’s con­tract with the NSW Gov­ern­ment, the Tel­stra Premier­ship grand fi­nal will be played at ANZ Sta­dium un­til 2019,’’ an NRL spokesman said yesterday.

“Con­sid­er­a­tion of the grand fi­nal venue be­yond 2019 will be made closer to that date.”

NSW paid $ 45 mil­lion for all of the grand fi­nals be­tween 2013- 19.

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