Rugby League fans will have twice as many reasons to cheer at Suncorp Stadium again in 2017 with the return of the Brisbane Doubleheader to Suncorp Stadium.
The blockbuster will see the Melbourne Storm play the Gold Coast Titans followed by the Manly- Warringah Sea Eagles taking on the Brisbane Broncos on 13th May as part of the NRL’s Indigenous Round, for what will be a super Saturday of Rugby League action.
The four participating clubs were represented at the Brisbane Doubleheader launch today by Mark Nicholls (Storm), Darcy Lussick (Sea Eagles), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos) and Dan Sarginson (Titans).
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the return of the NRL Brisbane Doubleheader in 2017 was a score for Queensland and for fans.
“Following a sell-out event last year, this is sure to be another blockbuster sporting experience for fans and a great opportunity to enjoy a weekend in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
“Hosting major sporting events like this plays a crucial part in growing Brisbane’s $6.3 billion tourism economy and generating local jobs.
"Last year’s event delivered more than 41,000 visitor nights and injected around $8.13 million into the local economy."
NRL Head of Football, Brian Canavan said the Doubleheader at Suncorp Stadium was a real highlight in 2016 and will no doubt be a success again in 2017.
“The fact that this year’s double header coincides with Indigenous Round will ensure it is a truly special occasion.
“The four Clubs who will be playing should be commended for supporting the concept,” Mr. Canavan said.
Manly Warringah CEO, Tim Cleary said the Sea Eagles were proud to play a home game again at Suncorp Stadium.
“The Sea Eagles have a very big following throughout Queensland and I am sure our supporters will again turn out for the Doubleheader like they did last year,’’ Mr. Cleary said.
“To play a home game as part of the Indigenous Round at Suncorp Stadium will be very special not only for our players but also for our supporters. It should be another great night of Rugby League.”
Melbourne Storm CEO, Dave Donaghy said the Doubleheader had become the marquee date of the home and away season and as a Club, couldn’t wait to be a part of it again.
“More than 52,000 fans turned up last year to witness our thrilling win over the Cowboys and we look forward to taking on the Titans this time around in front of yet another electric atmosphere.
“Some of the greatest players to ever represent Queensland will also be on show, making this the showpiece event of Indigenous Round,” Mr. Donaghy said.
Suncorp Stadium General Manager, Alan Graham said previous double headers had attracted big crowds with the concept winning the support of fans and clubs.
“We couldn’t host this event without the support of the NRL, TEQ, Brisbane Marketing the participating clubs, Fox Sports and the Courier Mail. We thank them for their ongoing support,” Mr. Graham said.
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