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Grand Final venue moved in sensational switch

Brisbane Broncos’ Suncorp Stadium will be the host of the 2021 NRL Grand Final.

Whilst the state of New South Wales has a 25-year NRL grand final contract, the NRL has taken the opportunity to move the competition’s showpiece event to Brisbane as COVID continues to plague Sydney.

Alongside Suncorp Stadium, Auckland’s Eden Park and Melbourne Cricket Ground were both considered, but recent outbreaks in both cities meant that the home of the Broncos was the most sought-after option.

Taxpayers are set to pay $4.6 million for the historic event, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirming that the Queensland Government struck an agreement with the NRL to host the final series.

“Just as we helped out the AFL last year we are very pleased to step up and help out this year,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said the play-offs would bring in $19 million to the Queensland economy – money which, in such pressing times, is vital.

“I’m quite sure that Queenslanders will come out and support this finals series.”

“Never in my lifetime did I think we’d have an NRL Grand Final in Queensland.

“We have put in $4.6m and then there has been some in kind contributions and a lot of that is to actually help get these teams out to regional Queensland.”

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