Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Suncorp Stadium will host a historic NRL grand final with regional Queensland also a big winner.
The premier also revealed that Mackay’s BB Print Stadium will host games for the second week of the NRL finals series in a major coup for the region.
Ms Palaszczuk says with the NRL competition currently based in Queensland due to the Covid outbreak in NSW, this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” final series, which will inject $19 million into the state’s economy.
The 2021 finals series will be played at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Browne Park at Rockhampton, BB Print Stadium Mackay and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
“With a TV audience of over three million viewers in 70 countries, it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote Queensland as the sporting capital of Australia.
“I’m delighted that six of these games will be played in regional Queensland: the heartland of rugby league, providing a tremendous economic boost for our regional cities.”
The State Government has stumped up $4.6 million plus in-kind support to help get the teams to regional Queensland, according to Ms Palaszczuk.
She says 12,000 tickets have so far been sold for Townsville's double-header with tickets to Sunshine Coast Stadium's Friday night game between minor premiers Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles all snapped up.
Ms Palaszczuk confirmed a pop-up vaccine clinic will be at the Rockhampton game where tickets have almost sold out.
“We want to increase awareness and the NRL is also proud to partner with us as we together support the program to vaccinate Australians,"
Treasurer Cameron Dick says Queensland has "saved rugby league for Australia".
"Queensland, particularly regional Queenslanders now get to reap the reward," Mr Dick says.
BREAKING: Queensland will host the 2021 @NRL Grand Final.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 8, 2021
With the NRL competition currently based in Queensland, this once in a lifetime final series will inject $19 million into our economy. pic.twitter.com/HFhOsA8Laa
Friday, September 10
Qualifying final: Melbourne v Manly, 7.50pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium - all tickets have been sold
Saturday, September 11
Elimination final: Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast, 5.40pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Qualifying final: Penrith v South Sydney, 7.50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Sunday, September 12
Elimination final: Parramatta v Newcastle, 4.05pm at Browne Park, Rockhampton – nearly sold out
Image: Annastacia Palaszczuk Twitter