An NRL Grand Final would bring up to 40,000 interstate visitors and inject more than $30 million to our economy, Major Events Minister Kate Jones said today.
Ms Jones said the Government has begun talks with the NRL to secure 2018 and 2019 Grand Finals in Queensland while Sydney’s ANZ Stadium undergoes a $1.6 billion makeover.
“Queenslanders love rugby league and our fans deserve to see finals on our home turf,” Ms Jones said.
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“We know Queensland has the best stadium, the most loyal fans and the best teams in the NRL.
“That’s why we will be fighting hard to secure one if not two finals here in Queensland.”
Ms Jones said Tourism and Events Queensland would lead the negotiations to ensure the best outcome for Queensland fans.
“Queensland has a long and enduring relationship with the NRL,” she said.
“We have secured regional fixtures, the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars and next month’s double-header at Suncorp is set to be a sell-out.
Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said while securing grand finals would be good news for league fans, the Government was determined to capitalise on the potential economic spin-offs.
“We won’t be pursuing this just to deliver sporting spectacles or just to gain short-term boosts in terms of visitors and tourists,” Mr Pitt said.
“We will be doing all we can to ensure there are permanent benefits for Queensland.
“I have had discussions with senior NRL officials and have told them we are interested in pursuing this opportunity and that Queensland has a great product in terms of our teams and we have a great facility in Suncorp Stadium.
“We see it as a chance to showcase our State and its attractions, not only as a tourism destination but also as the best place in Australia to live, work and do business,” Mr Pitt said.
Victoria is also fighting for the opportunity to play host.