The Queensland Government has reached an agreement with the Australian Rugby League Commission to host the remainder of the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series in the sunshine state, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in NSW.
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane will host the Grand Final and Preliminary Finals, whilst the coastal city of Mackay will host Week 2 of the Final Series.
Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys AM thanked both the New South Wales and Queensland Governments for their support of rugby league.
“I’d like to acknowledge the New South Wales Government, in particular Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres for working collaboratively with us to reach an outcome that ensures the health and safety of NSW residents and allows the NRL to showcase the Grand Final live to rugby league fans,’’ he said.
“I’d also like to acknowledge Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young for their support in ensuring the continuity of our competition which provides an escapism to so many fans dealing with lockdowns, but also injects a significant amount of money in to the Queensland economy.
“The Queensland Premier is a warrior for the people of Queensland and just keeps delivering for them.”
Mr V’landys said Queensland fans had long campaigned for a Grand Final and the Commission was delighted to reward that loyalty.
“This year we will create history, playing the Grand Final in Brisbane for the very first time. This will be an historic moment for the city and a reward for the support the Queensland community has given us throughout 2021. This year will always be remembered as the year Queensland hosted all of our major events; All Stars, Magic Round, 3 State of Origins and the Grand Final.”
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the NRL would continue to monitor the infection rate in Queensland and work closely with Queensland Health to keep the community healthy.
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