It looks like Queensland will remain the home of the NRL’s Magic Round.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Sunday morning the massive event will be hosted in Brisbane once again in 2022.
The three-day festival of footy, which wraps up at Suncorp Stadium tonight, has provided a massive boost to the Queensland economy.
It’s estimated a quarter of the 125,000 tickets sold for this weekend’s event went to people outside of Brisbane and 25,000 have been secured by intrastate or New Zealand visitors.
The event is tipped to pump over $20 million into the Queensland economy.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) May 15, 2021
The Premier is also calling for the NRL to cement the event’s future in Queensland long term.
“I’m urging the NRL now to get round the table so we can draw up and sign off on a long-term contract to ensure it to continues to be staged here every year,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Queensland is the passionate home of rugby league and we were confident it would drive strong economic outcomes and great visitor numbers for our tourism sector.
“Rugby League is in our blood, and NRL Commission chief Peter V’landys has acknowledged that Brisbane has one of the best sporting stadiums in the world.
“While it’s disappointing that despite all our best efforts, the NRL Grand Final still remains firmly in Sydney each year, I want to ensure the Magic Round continues on as a stand-out annual fixture in our state.
“So once the NRL season ends in September I want negotiations started on a new deal to ensure Brisbane remains the true, home of the Magic Round for well into the long term future.
“Continuing to support major events is a vital part of our economic recovery as they pump millions of dollars into our economy and support local jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said securing the NRL Magic Round for another year was a big win for Queensland.
“We continue to demonstrate Queensland is Australia’s sporting capital,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“I’m keen to see Magic Round in Brisbane become an NRL tradition like the State of Origin.
“With a Queensland team on the paddock every day of Magic Round this is a uniquely Queensland festival of NRL football.”