Suncorp Stadium, Peter V’landys, NRL Grand Final, Brisbane, Covid-19
Posted On July 21, 2021
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane could host the NRL Grand Final if the Covid-19 situation in NSW continues to follow badly.
Large parts of New South Wales, including Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Illawarra, are currently in lockdown.
The peak in Covid-19 infections has forced the NRL to move 10 New South Wales-based clubs, as well as Canberra and Melbourne to Queensland.
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The All Around 18 and Round 19 matches take place in the Sunshine State, with ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’landys saying the NRL is exploring the possibility of taking the Grand Final to Queensland.
“Suncorp has to be a consideration for the grand finale, absolutely,” V’landys told the Courier Mail.
“A lot will depend on what the NSW government plans and whether gambling is allowed to return to NSW.
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“We’re in the big unknown, we just don’t know how long the pandemic lasts and its impact on the rugby league.
“The Queensland government has been our savior. They have been of great help to us and the Prime Minister (Annastacia Palaszczuk) has been fantastic in our negotiations.
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“Anything is possible right now, including a Suncorp grand finale.”
Greg Alexander told Fox League the decision to go somewhere where the game is offered a full stadium made sense given the NRL would lose money by relocating the competition to Queensland.
“It’s been a crazy year and I guess we’re open to all options,” he told Fox League.
“If we can’t have people here in NSW, they have to get the money back.”
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