Great news for local rugby league fans…
The Gold Coast has secured one of the NRL’s biggest games for 2020!
The State Government is understood to have negotiated a deal to return the popular clash between the Australian Indigenous and New Zealand Maori teams to CBUS Stadium on February 22.
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Tourism Minister Kate Jones is expected to make the exciting announcement at the stadium around 9.30am this morning.
It comes a decade after the match, dreamt up by Titans legend Preston Campbell, was launched on the Gold Coast in 2010.
Assistant Tourism Minister Meaghan Scanlon told myGC she was looking forward to seeing the clash back on the coast next year.
“It’s fantastic to bring this event back to the Gold Coast where it was launched and really exciting for local footy fans – I know when this was held on the coast years ago it was really accepted by the community,” Ms Scanlon said.
“So many people went along to watch this game and we’re hoping to see that again, that warm welcome by locals to see some of our favourite players.”
“We have a lot of New Zealanders on the Gold Coast, so it feels like it’s an obvious fit to host the game here.”
The Queensland Government is hopeful the event will pump $4 million into the local economy.
“We’re hoping that this event will generate around $4 million for the Gold Coast economy and more than 20,00 visitor nights – it’s not just about the game itself, it’s about the economic impact.”
“In previous years when this was held on the Gold Coast we saw lots of people coming to this game so we’re hoping to see the same, if not better again.”