Revised NRL Draw sees Mackay, Rockhampton, Redcliffe host games
The round 20 and 21 NRL Draw has been revealed, with matches to be played in regional Queensland and two stadiums to host NRL games for the first time among the highlights.
With all 16 NRL teams currently based in Queensland due to the Covid lockdown in Sydney and Melbourne, venues have been progressively updated, while matchups and dates have remained unchanged.
Regional Queensland will see NRL action in round 20 with BB Print Stadium in Mackay to host its first NRL games since 2013, with the Roosters v Eels game on July 29, while Browne Park in Rockhampton will host its first ever NRL game on July 31, when Dragons take on the Rabbitohs.
Redcliffe's Moreton Daily Stadium will also host its first NRL game for premiership points on August 1, when the Sharks take on the Sea Eagles, while the home of the Dolphin’s expansion bid will also host a game in round 21, with the Bulldogs v Wests Tigers on August 8.
Sunshine Coast Stadium, which has host numerous NRL matches over the past two seasons, will host the Knights v Broncos clash to open round 21 on August 5. All remaining games will be shared between Suncorp Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium, including a triple-header at Suncorp on August 7.
There have three four triple-headers since teams have relocated to Queensland, with a further two this weekend, while another three will be played across rounds 20 and 21.
Tickets went on sale for the Mackay game Friday and quickly sold out, while tickets for Rockhampton and Redcliffe are also now on sale. Visit the Austadiums NRL Tickets Hub for more information and to purchase tickets through the official ticketing agent.
Meanwhile, a decision is yet to be made regarding the venue for the 2021 NRL Grand Final. While it’s still listed as Stadium Australia, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely the season decider will be able to be played at its traditional home, with large parts of NSW, including Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Illawarra still in lockdown.
Suncorp Stadium is the most obvious choice if the game cannot proceed in Sydney, with no restrictions currently in place in Queensland meaning up to 52,500 fans will be able to pack out the Brisbane venue. It would be the first time the NRL Grand Final has been played outside of Sydney.