Queensland has secured the 2021 NRL grand final in the wake of Sydney’s ongoing COVID crisis.
Making the announcement from the Sunshine Coast, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the “historic deal”, which followed negotiations with the Queensland government, would also include regional matches.
“Never in my lifetime did I think we would have an NRL grand final here in Queensland,” she said.
Depending on COVID restrictions at the time, Ms Palaszczuk said the game, on Sunday, October 3, would be played to a packed stadium of more than 50,000 people.
Queensland Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the deal would bring $19 million in economic benefits.
Earlier, NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the state government had informed the NRL the southern state was unable to host the 2021 NRL grand final due to the coronavirus outbreak, but looked forward to welcoming the event back to Sydney in 2022.
“While it is very disappointing to miss out on this marquee event, it reinforces the importance of our community getting vaccinated so that events like the NRL grand final with crowds can safely return to our stadiums as soon as possible,” he said.
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