Suncorp Stadium will again host a National Rugby League “doubleheader” in 2011.
Stadium General Manager, Alan Graham said it had been confirmed that on Friday 27 May, the Many Sea Eagles would play the Brisbane Broncos (Manly home game) in the earlier game followed by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking on the Gold Coast Titans (Canterbury-Bankstown home game).
This event is over and above the 12 scheduled Broncos home games at the Stadium in 2011.
Mr Graham said the “doubleheader” concept had been an outstanding success at the Stadium since its inception in 2009 with more than 92,000 fans attending both events.
“Little wonder, given that fans get two quality NRL games for the price one,” he said.
Mr Graham said the doubleheader would be played two days after Game One of the 2011 State of Origin series ensuring an action-packed week of football for Queensland League fans.
“It also proves beyond doubt that Queensland is ‘Rugby League Central’ in Australia,” he said.
Mr Graham thanked the NRL, the participating clubs and broadcast partner Channel 9 for their support of the doubleheader initiative.
“What started as a novel idea has now become a regular fixture on the Stadium event schedule, and it’s great that all key stakeholders have seen the positives of such a move.
“And it's no surprise that the NRL wants to hold matches like this at Suncorp Stadium. It’s an ideal venue with the infrastructure in place to support major sporting events.”
Mr Graham said “blockbuster” events such as the NRL double-header were not only great for Rugby League fans but delivered significant benefits to the local economy.
As it is a “home” game for both the Manly and Canterbury-Bankstown clubs, their members will be able to pre-purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Even though this is not a Broncos home game, their members will also receive a pre-purchase opportunity for this event. The Broncos same seat pre-sale will commence on Monday March 14 and the Broncos supporters pre-sale will commence on Monday 21 March. General tickets will go onsale Monday 4 April.
Broncos Chief Executive, Paul White said although this would not be an official Broncos home game and that Broncos season ticket holders would have to buy a ticket, it was great from the club’s point of view. “It means we will play 13 games at Suncorp Stadium this year instead of 12, and give our wonderful fans another chance to help cheer us on to victory,” Mr White said.
2 February 2011
Further information, contact Greg Adermann, Suncorp Stadium communications Manager on 0419 729972.