Following a week of speculation, the NRL grand final is set to remain in Sydney.
According to AAP, Peter V’landys and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet reached an agreement to keep the grand final in Sydney long-term following discussions on Friday.
Although a deal is yet to be officially signed off, the showpiece match is likely to have its future secured when the parties meet again in the following weeks.
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ARLC boss Peter V’landys earlier on Friday took a huge swipe at the NSW Government, as conjecture regarding the future of the NRL grand final continued.
Despite the grand final being hosted in Brisbane last year due to COVID, a deal was made prior to that to keep the showpiece event in Sydney long-term, with an eye towards an $800 upgrade of stadiums across the state.
On Friday morning V’landys urged the NSW Government to develop suburban grounds around the state instead of using the money on Accor Stadium at Homebush, stating that rugby league needs the ‘tribalism’ that the smaller grounds present.
“We just want our suburban stadiums in NSW,” he told Channel 9.
“We want that tribalism to occur, we want people to walk to the games. We want those promises honoured by the NSW Government and if they’re not, we will take it elsewhere.
“It’s not bribery because we had a deal. The deal was that they would spend $800 million on stadiums. Rather than spending it on Accor Stadium as it is known now, we wanted it spent on suburban stadiums.
“We want to build that tribalism in those areas, we want a multi-use stadium where junior sports can be held or theatre could be held. It’s a community asset, but they are so slow to move.
“We want ink on the paper, we want an agreement in writing and until we get that, the grand final is up for grabs.”
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) April 28, 2022
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made comments during the week and took a shot at Queensland, claiming that nobody wants to see the grand final up north.
But according to V’landys, NSW is dragging behind when it comes to hosting major events and won’t be afraid to push the issue.
“I don’t think it’s Dominic Perrottet’s fault, I think there’s a lot behind him that are slowing it up,” he said.
“I’m hoping he actually speeds it up today, because he is a can-do man.
“Victoria are picking up all these events that are contributing millions of dollars to their local community, you see the Olympic Games go to Brisbane.
“What is NSW doing? Looking to get the world marble championships. We need to start getting events.
“If I want to see a major event, I’ll have to go to Queensland or even live in Melbourne – god help me. That’s where we are at in NSW – we don’t have events, they wouldn’t know an event if they tripped over it.
“It’s about time they start doing things, rather than asking their residents to leave the state.
“The ball is in his court. Keep the rugby league grand final in NSW – honour what you have promised…everyone will be happy.”