The NRL said today that Lottoland’s eligibility to host the Week One Finals Series Match against Cronulla Sharks on Saturday night would be determined by a safety assessment.
The NRL was informed late on Friday evening that isolated traces of asbestos had been found in a small area of the hill at Lottoland.
The testing was part of the standard excavation planning for the new centre of excellence on the northern side of the stadium.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a report into the safety of the venue was due to be supplied by 6pm Monday evening.
As a result the NRL will withhold ticket sales for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles-Cronulla Sutherland for 24 hours.
“Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our players and fans. Unfortunately it could not be guaranteed when the schedule was confirmed,” Mr Greenberg said.
“We have given the local council and the Sea Eagles a period of grace of 24 hours in order to assess the safety of the venue before we release tickets.
“We have worked with Northern Beaches Council and the Sea Eagles to ensure they are given the opportunity to host a Final, while ensuring the safety of our supporters is paramount.”
The NRL and Sea Eagles management have agreed that in the event that Council cannot provide the governing body and the Club with the necessary safety assurances by tomorrow evening, the match will be transferred to Bankwest Stadium.
Tickets for the match will be on sale on Tuesday morning pending the confirmation of the venue.