Queensland to host NRL Grand Final as NSW ruled out under two conditions
Breaking a 114-year tradition, Brisbane will host the NRL Grand Final this year.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed Suncorp Stadium will be the new host after Sydney was officially ruled out earlier today.
As part of the deal, a number of finals games will be held in Queensland’s regions, including on the Sunshine Coast and in Mackay.
Ms Palaszczuk said the state contributed $4.6 million in its bid to secure the finals, which will also go toward the regional games.
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo told Jim Wilson he’s now in the “quite unusual” position of watching the Grand Final from his loungeroom along with every other Sydneysider.
He confirmed the NRL gave Sydney every possible chance to host as normal.
“The reason why it’s taken so long is that we’ve been working with the NSW government and the Queensland government around our options.
“We wanted to play where it was safe to play, [and] we wanted to play in front of crowds.”
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