Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Brisbane to Host Grand Final?

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Brisbane to Host Grand Final?

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rugby league: NRL chief executive David Gallop has given the strongest indication yet Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium could stage an NRL grand final.

The grand final has never been played outside of Sydney.

Gallop told a rugby league lunch in Brisbane yesterday that the fabulous fan and corporate support of the game in Queensland had not gone unnoticed.

Asked about Brisbane's chances of hosting a grand final after it got behind last year's World Cup with a sell-out final, Gallop admitted it was now "much more of a possibility than ever".

The NRL is currently locked into an arrangement with the NSW government which means the grand final will continue to be played at ANZ Stadium at Homebush for "the next few years".

"We talked about it last week at board level and we've had some correspondence with the Queensland government," Gallop said.

"We absolutely have to be considering Suncorp (Stadium).

"It's been enormous for us with corporate hospitality for the May Test and Origin III (last year) virtually selling out in a day. …

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