NRL 2022 Grand Final Location: Sydney wins bid for decision

Rugby league fans can finally start making big final plans for the 2022 NRL Final – but the venue for future decisions is yet to be seen.

The ARL commission has sensationally put the NRL grand final up for sale in a Super Bowl-style arrangement after awarding this year’s decider to Sydney for just one season.

After months of tense negotiations, the NRL has sufficiently smoked the peace pipe with the NSW government and denied that Queensland was used as a pawn after Sydney’s Accor stadium was awarded the decision on Sunday October 2.

But in a blow to the NSW government, a long-term 20-year deal to host the NRL grand final until 2042 has collapsed after talks collapsed over an $800m funding deal for suburban stadiums.

While Sydney has reclaimed the NRL grand final this season, ARL Commission chief Peter V’landys confirmed the rugby league’s flagship event will now emulate America’s Super Bowl by planning for 2023 and beyond goes to the highest bidder.

“After extensive negotiations, we have decided to hold the game in Sydney this year,” said V’landys.

“It was a tough decision because the Queensland Prime Minister was fantastic to deal with.

“I should point out that the NSW Government has been successful this year, but this is only for a year, negotiations are resuming for future grand finals…it opens the door for a Super Bowl style concept and who will us that.” best offer can make.

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“Unfortunately the NSW Government has not agreed on the funding of the stadiums and community assets. This is just a one-year deal and the NRL grand final is on the table from next year.

“If you look at the Super Bowl concept, the NRL Grand Final could go anywhere.

“We have four clubs in Queensland and if you look at it pro rata, Queensland should be in the NRL Grand Final in four years.”

The decision will come as a relief to thousands of rugby league fans, who expressed outrage at being unable to book travel and accommodation as the ARLC dithered on a venue six weeks before the NRL decision.

Queensland made a desperate late surge and were handed a ’60-40′ chance to steal the grand final after submitting a proposal that would see the hosting of up to three NRL deciders as a preamble to the Brisbane Olympics in the year 2032 included.

But Queensland’s bold bid for back-to-back playoffs at Suncorp Stadium fell through.

After dealing with the Covid crisis, the NRL have opted to bring the grand final back to rugby league’s traditional home of Sydney after Penrith and Souths played last year’s decider at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

V’landys confirmed the decision was on the table and Queensland was on the verge of staging a $10 million heist on Suncorp Stadium.

“The mail that Queensland is a 60-40 chance was spot on,” he said.

“If we hadn’t had talks with the NSW Government yesterday it could definitely have gone to Queensland.

“Queensland and the NRL have always had an excellent relationship and have been great to deal with.”

The ARLC mooted a belated indictment by the Queensland government after talks broke down between Chairman V’landys and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Facing the Mexican standoff, Queensland attempted a nosedive and offered to host several major NRL finals as Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk hatched plans to blow the NSW government out of the water.

Palaszczuk said she was open to future negotiations with the NRL following the success of last year’s Suncorp event.

“That was always the decision of the NRL, we wish them well,” she said.

“If they ever want to bring the grand finale back to Queensland, we’re always willing to talk.”

But Sydney has prevailed in relief for Perrottet, who was embroiled in a war of words with V’landys after he failed to meet an $800 million funding commitment for a suburban stadium due to the state’s flooding crisis.

The NSW Government is understood to have returned to the table with a beefed up package and that was enough to convince the ARL Commission to hand the NRL Grand Final to Sydney’s Accor Stadium via Suncorp.

Perrottet announced that his government had offered more money than ever to keep the game’s flagship event.

“We made a very fair and reasonable offer to the NRL in terms of keeping the Grand Finals,” Perrottet said.

“This is business confidential. It’s probably not as much as Queensland offered, but it’s more than we’ve paid in the past.

“I made it very clear that I want the game to stay in our great state. It was an institution for our people and should remain so.

“The grand final has always been in NSW except last year during Covid. Ultimately, I must make decisions in the best interests of NSW. We have been going through a very difficult time in our state over the past four years with bushfires, drought, flooding and the pandemic.”

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Nate Jones

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