Victoria and Queensland are set to go head-to-head in a bid to host the NRL grand final, with speculation the showpiece event could be moved from Sydney for the first time in the code’s 109-year history.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg on Thursday confirmed that the NRL decider could be staged elsewhere while ANZ Stadium undergoes an upgrade between 2019 and 2022.
And while Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium would be an obvious choice, NRL officials will reportedly meet with Victorian Government on Friday to discuss the possibility of moving the October fixture to the 100,000-seat MCG.
“There’s no better place for an NRL grand final than Melbourne,” Victorian sports minister John Eren told News Corp Australia.
“All we need are the goalposts.”
Rugby league is no stranger to the MCG, after the second game of the 2015 State of Origin brought a record 91,513 fans to the ground.
However such a move could prove a challenge, given the AFL’s current season structure has the NRL and AFL grand finals both being played on the first weekend of October.
It would also likely anger Queensland officials, who have long argued that they deserve a shot at NRL’s blockbuster.
Queensland sports minister, Curtis Pitt, has already confirmed their interest in bridging the gap during the potential four-year move.
“I have had a brief discussion with some of the key people within the NRL – some senior executives – and I’m keen to pursue this,” Pitt said.
On Thursday, Greenberg also said the option of moving the event to Sydney’s Moore Park while ANZ undergoes an upgrade, remained on the table.
Following the completion of the ANZ Stadium upgrade, the ground will host the decider for at least the following 20 years.