Brisbane’s first ever rugby league Four Nations double-header will be hitting Queensland in October.
The 2014 Rugby League Four Nations opening round will give a boost to the tourism industry with an expected 6000 interstate and overseas fans coming to the matches.
Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey says the event delivers on election promises to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.
“It’s expected to bring an estimated $4 million in visitor expenditure to the Queensland economy and delivers on our election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy,” she says. “Queensland boasts a loyal rugby league community. Hosting a significant event such as the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations tournament reinforces Brisbane as a premier event destination.
“Queensland is a great state with great opportunity and the opening round played in Brisbane will see the city broadcast nationally and overseas into New Zealand, the UK and the Pacific Islands.”
Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin says hosting a double-header built upon Brisbane’s past success with Four Nations games.
“The Brisbane opener will be an unforgettable day of league as England takes on either Fiji or Samoa directly followed by a match between our Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis,” says Minnikin. “Australia and Brisbane last hosted the Four Nations in 2010 where the final drew a crowd of 36,299 to Suncorp Stadium, but this is the first time Brisbane has hosted an International Rugby League double header.”
NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said the announcement of the games meant a big win for Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium.
“This is one of the great venues in sport and it will be an exciting way to launch the tournament,” Greenberg says.