Queensland’s hopes of hosting the NRL Grand Final have been dashed with the ARL Commission striking a deal with the New South Wales government to keep it in Sydney.
The agreement will see the NSW government spend $800 million dollars building four new suburban grounds.
Brookvale Oval, Shark Park and Leichhardt Oval will be rebuilt while plans have already been unveiled to refurbish Penrith Stadium.
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A deal was previously in place for Sydney to host the NRL Grand Final until 2042, but that was put in jeopardy after the government backflipped on plans to upgrade Stadium Australia in Homebush.
ARL Commission Chair Peter V’Landys had threatened to give the decider to the highest bidder, prompting Queensland to put an offer on the table.
It had reportedly promised $10 million in return for hosting several grand finals over the next decade.
Victoria had also reportedly expressed interest while there was talk Western Australia would also throw its hat in the ring.
The handshake deal between the ARL Commission and the NSW Premier was struck after a ‘robust’ meeting last week.
The agreement still needs to be signed off by the NSW cabinet before a public announcement is made.