The Courier-Mail

NRL seek stadium funding


THE NRL will press the Federal Government for a decision on the size of its contributi­on towards a new home for the Cowboys in Townsville.

NRL club chief executives were briefed by the NRL yesterday about stadium plans for NSW and Queensland.

The new Townsville stadium was considered a fait accompli, with only the scale of the developmen­t to be decided according to available funds. No meetings have been held with the Federal Government and are unlikely until the scale of State Government involvemen­t is known.

The State Government has capped its contributi­on at $100 million, with other potential investors to include the Federal Government, the NRL and a commercial developer appointed to the project.

In May, then Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain said there were two sets of costings for the stadium project.

A 25,000-seat stadium, entertainm­ent centre and convention centre was costed at $300 million while a standalone stadium project was costed at $200 million, he said.

Negotiatio­ns with Suncorp Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium were not on the agenda at yesterday’s meeting.

The Titans have not resolved talks with Stadiums Queensland over a new hiring agreement for Robina.

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