Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has invited NFL chiefs to visit Brisbane, hoping to attract a game to Suncorp Stadium and long-term investment.
Queensland could host a professional American football game, with Premier Campbell Newman inviting NFL chiefs to tour facilities in the state.
Mr Newman said National Football League (NFL) bigwigs will visit Brisbane within the next month to tour Suncorp Stadium, which would be the most likely venue for an NFL match.
Superbowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, which drafted Brisbane’s Jesse “Tha Monstar” Williams, would be the premier’s team of choice.
“It would be fantastic to see Queensland’s home-grown National Football League superstar, Jesse Williams, play in front of a home crowd,” Mr Newman said.
“Jesse’s drafting by… the Seattle Seahawks generated significant interest here in Queensland.”
But Mr Newman said any agreement with the NFL would not only feature one-off games.
“They’re not just talking about coming to Australia, they’re talking about a long-term plan,” he said.
“They’re talking about how to expand their game and their reach and their popularity in Australia.”
The premier said hosting an NFL match would provide a significant tourism boost.
More details would emerge once the delegation visited, he said.