As we etch ever so slowly towards the start of the first season of the National Gridiron League (NGL) in October, bits and pieces of news are starting to filter out of the front office to tease fans of what is to come.
We have been reporting for a while now that the NGL is planning to secure some of the best stadiums available in New South Wales and Queensland. Now official confirmation of one of those deals have emerged from the Managing Director of the NGL, Marcin Soluch.
— Marcin D. Soluch (@MarcinSoluch) May 23, 2016
With a 14 week regular season in 2016/2017, four of those games will be played out of arguably Australia’s most impressive rectangular football ground, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Suncorp Stadium, formerly Lang park before it’s $280 million redevelopment has a capacity of 52,500 and offers some of the best viewing conditions for football codes in the country.
Host to all of the major field sporting codes of Australia, Suncorp Stadium will most likely see all four Queensland teams cycle through the stadium this season and provide an arena of a quality that will match the expected professionalism of the league.
Suncorp Stadium, traditionally known as Lang Park, is the home of Rugby League in Queensland. A major $280 million redevelopment of the stadium was completed in June 2003 to convert it into a state-of-the-art all-seater stadium. The two year project saw the stadium closed for the duration with all but the main granstand demolished, which was incorporated into the new design. Suncorp Stadium is one of Australia’s leading rectangular stadiums, if not the world, and it plays host to many major events each year. – http://www.austadiums.com/
While the crowd record of 52,498 (what happened to those last two?) is not going to be pushed in the first season of the NGL, it will provide broadcasters, players and spectators with the best possible facilities available in Queensland.
Other stadiums lined up and all but confirmed, are CBUS Super Stadium in the Gold Coast, the host of the NGL National Combine, Gosford Stadium in Gosford, Hunter Stadium in Newcastle and WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
No teams will train out of the main stadiums, with most training out of top quality university or club grounds.
Further stadium and league announcements are to come, but for Queensland Gridiron fans, be prepared to watch games in the best available conditions.