NRL’s push to increase attendances in 2018

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    The NRL has announced there will be four double-header games in the first ten rounds of the 2018 season.

    The games will be held across four cities with 11 clubs participating and will look to bolster crowd numbers after a 1.9 percent drop in 2017.

    The South Sydney Rabbitohs will host the New Zealand Warriors before the Canterbury Bulldogs play the reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm in the season opener in Perth.

    In the third round, the Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles play at ANZ Stadium ahead of Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks.

    Next, on April 7 in round five, the Wests Tigers play the Storm and the Warriors host North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.

    The final double-header is scheduled for Round 10, where Melbourne play again, against Gold Coast, before Manly takes on Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

    Although the NRL has scheduled double-headers before, it will be the first time that there has been four in a single season and, the first time Sydney has hosted the spectacle since 2008.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the double-headers would create an exciting element of next season’s schedule, especially for the fans.

    “We will have double-headers in four major cities – three in Australia and one in New Zealand,” Mr Greenberg said.

    “This is a huge step for the game and I’d like to thank the Clubs involved for their efforts to embrace the concept and ensure the matches eventuated.”

    “We have had significant success with double-headers at Suncorp Stadium in recent seasons and this is a natural progression.”

    44,000 fans watched the same double-header fixture this year, and the NRL is keen to replicate the crowd numbers in the three other cities.

    “It will create more blockbuster events for our fans in 2018.”

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    • Roar Guru

      October 9th 2017 @ 10:25am
      Riley Pettigrew said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

      Great news for the game. The Perth teams are some of the best supported in WA and have established a fanbase there, Brisbane will sell out once again. Auckland will be packed and with the Easter Show next door there should be a massive crowd in Sydney as well.

      Yes, the game missed an opportunity with a Storm-Cowboys round 1 GF rematch in Slater and JT’s 300th games but it’s great to see the NRL making great scheduling decisions.

      I’m excited to see what else the draw has in store for 2018 of which games in regional NSW will be a huge hit.

      Great work Greenberg, now you just need a good marketing campaign to get fans to these big events.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 12:21pm
        BeePee said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        Agreed, re the Perth games. WA are great supporters of their sport, and the time may well be right for a stronger push into that market by the NRL, particularly in light of the recent Rugby debacle imposed upon them by the ARU. Lots of disenfranchised locals looking for home teams to support in a national comp. If crowds are stagnating in the Sydney market, why not look further afield, and Perth would be a logical choice. I know it was tried before with the Reds, but that was during the tumultuous Super league wars. Hurdles to jump, for sure, but always worth trying to expand the game.

        • October 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm
          Benji said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

          As distinct from the debacle when the Western reds left….

      • October 9th 2017 @ 3:52pm
        Jay said | October 9th 2017 @ 3:52pm | ! Report

        Agree re JT and Slater. Missed, but great opportunity.

        • Roar Guru

          October 10th 2017 @ 9:55am
          BigJ said | October 10th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

          Don’t know if you guys are aware, but I caught something on the news last night that the Storm and Cowboys are having a sort of unofficial rematch at Suncorp on 21Feb next year for charity. I believe, (could be wrong as I only caught about half the story) but JT and Smith are playing and the Premier was all over it saying how great it would be. This could be why the grand final rematch has been moved so that the Storm are playing in Perth. Also might have something to do with JT having his 300 game at home. But I don’t see how Slater misses out on his home game for his 300th, though, they will probably rest him for the Perth trip.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 10:29am
      sportstragic said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      Good idea! I was at Suncorp Stadium this year and watched the Titans beat the Storm. Yes you read that right.
      Then the Broncos Manly game followed. It was a great day and i commented then that they should do it more often. And they have. Well done to the NRL!

      • October 10th 2017 @ 1:14am
        Lee Oliver said | October 10th 2017 @ 1:14am | ! Report

        Double headers have been held at Suncorp Stadium for quite a few seasons.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 10:31am
      Tom G said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      Manly v Broncos at Suncorp again? I understand the commercial benefit and perfectly happy for Manly to concede home ground but why can’t this be a Broncos home game or played at a neutral ground?

      • October 9th 2017 @ 10:51am
        KingCowboy said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        Tom that is the idea of moving the game to Suncorp is for $$$. The Broncos do not have crowd issues but Manly do, hence moving the game there.

        • October 9th 2017 @ 11:08am
          Oingo Boingo said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          If Manly have issues getting people through the gate , then surely taking a home game away to appease the Broncos fans , is only going to exacerbate the problem.
          I would have thought it was Greenburg’s job to attempt to rectify the problem at Manly, rather than sweeping it under a rug.
          Greenburg is a bit of a smoke n mirrors man.
          Sure they got 44,000 , but would those games have drawn 22,000 a piece?
          I’m confident in predicting this clown will preside over another year of NRL decline.

          • October 9th 2017 @ 12:03pm
            KingCowboy said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

            why do you have to be negative? They are obviously trying new things.

            • October 9th 2017 @ 12:19pm
              Oingo Boingo said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

              The bloke has stood back in the shadows and allowed the game to continue on a steady decline and now he pops up with some “spin” and we’re all supposed to sing his praises, are we .
              Let’s all pretend to be impressed and give Toddy boy a participation award.
              Sorry if people disagreeing with you is not the desired result.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 12:42pm
                KingCowboy said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

                Will this work? I have no idea but I am not going to pretend that I have all the answers. The NRL are obviously trying different things to improve the game. Let me guess, you are one of these people who blame the Refs and think that everyone is hopeless.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 1:14pm
                Oingo Boingo said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

                Yep the refs are responsible for dwindling crowds , poor junior development, neglecting the bush , climate change and the current terrorist threat .
                So if we go back to having one ref , we will effectively halve all those problems.

              • October 10th 2017 @ 8:26am
                RandyM said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

                Yep, Toddy and the NRL needs to come up with a well defined strategy and plan for the game, especially for grass roots growth and expansion. These are the long term things that generate positive news and get fans interested in the game. Double headers, 2 for 1 deals, bring granny for free day etc are just gimmicks.

          • October 9th 2017 @ 1:19pm
            terrence said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

            I replied to an earlier post, Manly take games away for guaranteed income and have no worse a problem than the majority of clubs re average home ground figures.

            • October 9th 2017 @ 3:16pm
              Oingo Boingo said | October 9th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

              There are massive issues at grass roots levels , sure these types of promotions may appear to increase interest , but this bloke needs to start doing his job , not just throwing the dog a bone every once in a while.

          • Roar Guru

            October 9th 2017 @ 1:35pm
            Michael Keeffe said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

            If Manly played the Broncos at Brookvale and the Storm hosted the Titans at AAMI park you would have been very lucky to get a combined total of 30,000 for both games. So it makes sense both from a crowd point of view and its much better financially for Manly and I would guess the Storm as well. I’m not Greenburg fan but double headers are a good idea.

          • October 9th 2017 @ 2:41pm
            Christo the Daddyo said | October 9th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

            Considering the biggest crowd at Brookvale last year was under 15k, why wouldn’t you do what the NRL is doing? Absolute no-brainer.

            And what would your suggestion be?

            • October 9th 2017 @ 3:22pm
              Oingo Boingo said | October 9th 2017 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

              My suggestion?

            • October 9th 2017 @ 6:12pm
              Slane said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

              It’s not really getting any extra people to the game though is it? They are just counting the same people twice.

              • October 12th 2017 @ 10:30am
                clipper said | October 12th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

                This was my point, which to date, like your post has gone unanswered

          • October 9th 2017 @ 6:07pm
            big daddy said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

            Exactly OB. Its not the crowds out of Sydney they have to worry about. Its the Sydney clubs that have to raise the bar. Taking matches to Brisbane is great but its really false economy if you say manly will get a better crowd which is really boosted by Brisbane fans. Does nothing for manly fans. It would be better if they played Brisbane at Gosford. Whatever the marketing people at NRL are doing they are really getting paid too much.

        • October 9th 2017 @ 1:17pm
          terrence said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:17pm | ! Report


          I don’t think Manly have issues with getting punters to Brookvale, up to round 25 (and their last home game against Penrith was higher than average for the season), there were 5 clubs with lower average home crowd figures to Manly (Sharks, Panthers, Dragons, Warriors and Rabbits).

          They have taken at least 2 home games away from Brookvale for quite a while (primarily Perth and Brisbane, but also NZ) as the guaranteed money is good and they in the ownership group agreement they must play 10 games at Brookvale.

          Historically, Manly have a very good win rate in QLD as well (and a strong supporter base on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane).

          • October 9th 2017 @ 1:55pm
            KingCowboy said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

            I understand what you are saying mate but at the end of the day, the NRL are trying to address the crowd issues and if you agree or disagree, at least they are attempting to do something. Manly are obviously shifting the game for a financial gain and I hope all the double headers turn out to be a great success!

            • October 9th 2017 @ 2:27pm
              terrence said | October 9th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

              KC, same here, I hope the double-headers are a success as well. Good concept. I like the idea of the WA one as well.

              I’m not that concerned about crowd figures, don’t even know why they get tallied, it’s nowhere near the major source of income for clubs.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 3:42pm
                Perry Bridge said | October 9th 2017 @ 3:42pm | ! Report


                The financial returns on paid up club members with attendance oriented memberships IS (or should be) a major revenue stream and revenue driver.

                The seats are there anyway on match day – so you may say what’s it matter if people don’t turn up. But the game day attendance drives other income via at very least the selling of catering rights.

                The NRL celebrated 308,743 (a new record) total memberships (not necessarily games based) across the 16 clubs for 2017. 2 clubs over 30k (1 in Bris). 2 clubs over 20k (1 in Melb).

                This is the result of almost 10 years of concerted effort to make up ground on the AFL (as the Aust market benchmark). Ironically the AFL this year surpassed 900,000 (907,561) games based members for the first time.

                If we put a nominal value on each members – lets say $40 – the 18 AFL clubs have $36 million to work with compared to 16 NRL clubs with $12 million. The average value varies greatly – the reserved seating or not, the access to finals tickets, the access to GF tickets.

                But that’s not all – we’ve seen the sentiment from the broadcasters who don’t like the bays and bays of empty seats. In the AFL a few years back Port Adelaide had big banners over entire bays of seats. The last 4 years it’s been around 38-45k. That didn’t just happen by wishful thinking.

                The NRL hierarchy understand the value proposition but the market place doesn’t.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 4:30pm
                clipper said | October 9th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

                I don’t know if that’s really ironic that the AFL have so many members, unless the point you’re making is that the NRL have put a massive amount of energy in with limited success and the AFL haven’t tried at all and yet achieved greater success, but I think the AFL does put in a lot of effort with membership.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 8:43pm
                Perry Bridge said | October 9th 2017 @ 8:43pm | ! Report

                I guess the irony being that the AFL hadn’t set their own high water mark at that time (when the NRL really started to focus on attendance memberships as distinct to leagues clubs).

          • October 9th 2017 @ 7:20pm
            big daddy said | October 9th 2017 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

            Remember manly’s average was only high because of the double header .

            • October 10th 2017 @ 10:39am
              terrence said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report


              Great stats, but attendance at games is not currently a mjor source of revenue for clubs, it’s revenue back via the NRL for sale of broadcast rights.

              Membership numbers I suspect are rubbery at best and really don’t mean much. Some clubs selling a range of memberships that only include a game of two (i.e. country members).

              League is a great TV sport, that is why it rates so well (4 of the 5 most watched shows on TV are League games).

              Watch the games at home (or at pub/club if you can’t afford payTV). It’s better than going to the game.

              • October 10th 2017 @ 11:26am
                clipper said | October 10th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

                3 out of the top 5 games. The top rated sports program was the AO final this year.

              • October 10th 2017 @ 7:38pm
                Ha said | October 10th 2017 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

                @ Clipper you are wrong about the Australian Open being in the top 5 rated sports program as it is shown out side the ratings season.

                But was beaten by SoO anyway as the most watch show of 2017.

              • October 10th 2017 @ 11:41pm
                terrence said | October 10th 2017 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

                Yep clipper, Australian Open would barely make top 10. It may have been the highest viewers for the year so far (i.e 31 days from 1/1/17). Tennis is darn boring, rates real poor in Australia, time slots very poor for the grand slams. Even the Australian Open could be better placed re the final, but in general, not many Aussies care about two Euro’s playing a final.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 3:24pm
                clipper said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

                The NRL and AFL GF are both outside the rating season as well.
                Depends how you jiggle it, but the Federer / Nadal final was the highest rated for the year and at the very least no. 2 or 3, so therefore the NRL did not get 4 out of the top 5 shows.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 11:10am
      clipper said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      They have to try something to reverse slumping crowds, but this is a bit of double dipping. Are the charges the same as attending one game? If so, shouldn’t the crowd be split to reflect this. What is the total crowd for game 2 measured on – the total number attending the both games? If so, what happens to the people that would leave after the first game – why should game 2 include those people in the total? It’s a good way to boost an average for a lesser attended team, as happened when the Storm had a ‘home’ double header in Brisbane – over 40k to their usual 14k.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:24am
        jamesb said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        Do you have anything positive to say about rugby league?

        • October 9th 2017 @ 12:33pm
          clipper said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          Whether it’s positive or negative, this is a valid point that obviously most league fans don’t want to acknowledge.

        • October 10th 2017 @ 7:38pm
          Ha said | October 10th 2017 @ 7:38pm | ! Report


          When clipper stop bagging Rugby League I’d be worried.

          He spends so much time on Rugby League because he is very insecure about himself and the sport he watches. (Ex Rugby Union support now a Sydney Swans fan)

          • October 11th 2017 @ 6:21pm
            Benji said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:21pm | ! Report

            Answer Clippers qn and he will go away.

      • Roar Guru

        October 9th 2017 @ 1:38pm
        Michael Keeffe said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

        Manly v Broncos at Brookvale would be doing well to get 15k, Storm v Titans at AAMI park the same. So you’re looking at a total of 30k attending vs 44k at the double header. And yes the ticket prices are higher (not double) than a normal game but the costs are also not double because its at the one venue. So bigger crowds and the financial boost for Manly and Melbourne for taking the game there. What’s not to like?

        • October 12th 2017 @ 6:19pm
          Slane said | October 12th 2017 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

          What if the AFL played Richmond vs Collingwood at the MCG (80-90K people) and followed it up with GWS vs GC in a double header? They would get 180K people at the game and GWS and GC would magically be in a better position?

          This solution is nothing more than an accounting trick. Essentially counting the same crowd twice.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 11:11am
      Steve said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      How do double headers increase attendance, don’t they just spilt attendance?

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:33am
        Andrew said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report

        The theory is more people will come to the game because they essentially get a second game for free. So there is a financial cost for increasing the number who attend. attendance growth won’t reflect direct growth in revenue from ticket sales – but it is a promotion, so it isn’t supposed to. The individual teams will show higher average attendance, but they won’t have achieved a significant growth. But there will be KPI’s this ticks without improving actual interest in the game. it is obviously hoped people come along, enjoy the experience and come back again. But if it is only the perceived value that brings them in, then they will only attend double headers in the future.

        I hate double headers. While I acknowledge they are trying “something”, I think it is clutching at straws to think it will benefit the game. There may be more people in the ground but it doesn’t improve the atmosphere – which is what they are trying to do. More than half the people in the ground don’t care about the game that is on in front of them – except where the home team is involved. So you get a whole lot of people sitting around murmuring, no increase in crowd engagement in the match which is what boosts the atmosphere. If I went to a double header as my first experience, I would find the atmosphere disappointing and would assume the atmosphere at a single match would be worse.

        • Roar Guru

          October 9th 2017 @ 1:41pm
          Michael Keeffe said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

          Have you been to a doubler header? I went to the Storm v Titans / Manly v Broncos double header last year and it was great entertainment, great atmosphere and value for money. There is no way the combined attendance of these games if played at Brookvale and AAMI park would get anywhere near 44k. In fact much more likely to be under 30k total. I don’t see what’s not to like.

        • Roar Guru

          October 9th 2017 @ 3:37pm
          Nat said | October 9th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

          Andrew, Manly from the two previous double headers make an extra $300k from this single game. Add to that, the 1st dbl header will be in WA’s new 50k seat stadium and will most likely sell out and be a great promotion for the game over there. The only question will be if the Sydney public show up. I think they will because it is an event and you can justify the travel etc for a half day of entertainment, not just 2 hrs. The Dbl header in Brisbane is slightly more expensive than a standard game but no where near twice the price. Alternatively, if you don’t like Dble headers, don’t go. But what is the difference between watching 2 games on TV at alternative venues and 2 at a single venue?

          • October 9th 2017 @ 4:42pm
            Fix the scrums said | October 9th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

            Don’t assume the Perth game will sellout. Hardly anyone cares about NRL in Perth. Plus, The new stadium will be used a few times before the double header gets there.
            The suits at NRL HQ are trying something but I think it’s probably a bandaid to try and cover up some problems.

            • Roar Guru

              October 10th 2017 @ 10:33am
              Nat said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

              I’l make you an honorary bet. Perth gets 45k to the game. Cricket will use it over the summer and I hear the AFL wants a pre-season game just to say they were the 1st Winter sport but this is a one-off event. The teams they selected to play have a good following. Deal?

              • October 10th 2017 @ 5:15pm
                Fix the scrums said | October 10th 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

                45k isn’t a sellout. 60k will be a sellout. I suspect they will flood the market with free tickets as well. A sellout is when people actually buy tickets.

              • Roar Guru

                October 11th 2017 @ 10:42am
                Nat said | October 11th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report

                OK, I thought it was 50k but it is 60k so I’ll up my ante to over 54k attendance. That’s how confident I am. Remember, I said “most likely” so I’ll stand by over 90% Are you going to stand by your criticisms or make excuses?

              • October 11th 2017 @ 12:08pm
                Fix the scrums said | October 11th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

                Mate, you’re the one making excuses. Giving away thousands of free tickets is not a sell out. LOL! They even had to give out free tickets to the Grand Final and that was reported all over the country’s media.
                You’re dreaming.
                The opening game should be played in Sydney where the League needs all the help and promotion it can get. Not in Perth where they don’t even have an NRL team.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 3:29pm
                clipper said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

                Fix the scrums – I think, technically if they flood the market with 20k worth of tickets and then sell 40k, then it will be a sell out, as they won’t be able to sell any more tickets, but I thinks selling that many will be a big task, especially as they didn’t sell out the GF even with a plethora of free tickets. I think you’re right, though, they’re declining in Sydney year after year yet don’t try and address that issue.

            • Roar Guru

              October 11th 2017 @ 2:08pm
              Nat said | October 11th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

              Just say No then FTS. Perth will get more paid-for attendance than Sydney and it will be a great promotion. Sydney is the only place where crowds are an issue yet you run-down the NRL for trying new initiatives. No stadiums throw open the gates. Offering seats to paid members of associated clubs, at their own expense, to get bums-on-seats is not a bad promotion. Did you go to any games this year? I agree the NRL needs to work on certain aspects but rewarding true supporters are not one of them. By supporters, I mean those who pay their memberships and/or go to games – to support their team. Sitting at home makes you just a fan at best. It easy to point out issues but then to criticize them for taking some initiatives. You are part of the problem.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 6:24pm
                Benji said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

                Members of clubs that buy season tickets must wince at all the freebies given out.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 11:40pm
                Fix the scrums said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

                Nat, I don’t know what sort of cloud you are on but you need to have a good hard look around.
                You’ve just said Perth will get more paid attendance than Sydney. If you really believe that, then the game in Sydney must be in worse shape than I thought. And Perth hasn’t even got an NRL team.
                All the more reason that an opening double header should’ve been played in Sydney. The game needs more big event Sydney promotions.
                Glad your not on the NRL board. Although, Greenberg would love you as a yes man.

              • Roar Guru

                October 12th 2017 @ 10:06am
                Nat said | October 12th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

                So you won’t take the bet, citing free tickets when Sydney is the only area where free tickets are offered. You won’t say whether you actually attend games. You start calling me a Yes Man for acknowledging the NRL for trying something new. The Sydney fans have shown their hand during the finals series (with the exception of Parra fans) and this year’s drop in attendance on the whole. You have 2 double headers in Sydney but you demand the first one – not that you will go. You will/do not appreciate why Perth is a good idea because everything has to be Sydney based. I will happily admit if I am proven wrong. You are just a Naysayer with no skin in the game. It is people like you who force the hand of the NRL to take more things away from Sydney. I’m done with you. The game is moving past fans like you. The scrums are still good in Union, I suggest you jump over there.

              • October 12th 2017 @ 12:49pm
                Fix the scrums said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

                Wow I’ve really hit a nerve. Looks like we’ll just have to disagree then.

          • October 11th 2017 @ 12:57pm
            Your kidding said | October 11th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

            You think it’s a question of whether the Sydney public turn up to a game played in Perth?!
            Not sure about that one.

            • Roar Guru

              October 11th 2017 @ 2:21pm
              Nat said | October 11th 2017 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

              No, I’m saying the WA people will turn out for their double header, not Sydneysiders. No doubt some true supporters may travel but the clubs playing over there have strong supporter base nationally. It is AFL heartland but this game predates the start of their season by a few weeks so, along with this Dbl header being well timed, it will be an event at the new stadium that should/will be embraced by the locals. If not a sell out, 50k attendees is my prediction.

              My concern is that Sydneysiders will not turn out in Sydney. If Perth gets more than NRL heartland, that is just shameful and not the NRL’s fault.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 6:25pm
                Benji said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

                Bands include perth in their national tour because they rarely get to see anyone, they will turn out for Monkees reunion tour so they will show up to the NRL even if it isn’t free.

              • Roar Guru

                October 12th 2017 @ 9:35am
                Nat said | October 12th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

                Exactly y point Benji. The game/s will attract a good crowd of club supporters and interested spectators because it is an event at the new stadium.

              • October 12th 2017 @ 4:29pm
                Marco said | October 12th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

                But why Perth?
                The Storm won the competition. Shouldn’t Melbourne get the opening double header. That would of made more sense surely.
                Storm fans would be rightly disappointed.
                I know there’s a new stadium but it looks like it will be used quite a bit before the NRL gets there.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:13pm
        AR said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:13pm | ! Report

        “How do double headers increase attendance, don’t they just spilt attendance?”


        These are band-aid measures which result in a looks-good-on-tv effect for a few rounds of the year. But the measures do not increase attendances.

        The NRL has made it absolutely clear – it cares about TV. And so do the fans – especially in Sydney.

        This slippery slope experiment is not about increasing crowds at all.

        • October 10th 2017 @ 6:57am
          Mitcher said | October 10th 2017 @ 6:57am | ! Report

          Then AR arrived, and nobody was surprised by what he said…

          • October 10th 2017 @ 8:01am
            AR said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:01am | ! Report

            I’m not sure, but I’ve done a quick scan and it seems this is your only comment for this thread.

            Mitcher, I’m sure you can do better.

            Maybe you could disagree?

    • October 9th 2017 @ 11:23am
      jamesb said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

      It’s a good start from the NRL. May I also suggest scheduling a game every day at ANZ through the Easter long weekend so they could take advantage of the Easter show next door.

      We already have Souths/ Canterbury on Good Friday and Tigers/ Parramatta on Easter Monday. We need to fill up Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday with games.

      Another suggestion is for the Gold Coast to host an ANZAC Day game against Nth Qld. Have a triple header on ANZAC Day.
      Qld- Gold Coast v Nth Qld: 2pm
      NSW- Roosters v Dragons: 4pm
      Vic: Storm v Warriors:7pm

      • Roar Guru

        October 9th 2017 @ 1:07pm
        Riley Pettigrew said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        You’re right about holiday weekends. I know that the Sharks often play on Easter Sunday but there isn’t really a set opponent. Maybe something like Broncos vs Dragons in Brisbane could work?

        As for ANZAC Day I’d like to throw a curve ball into the mix and suggest the Titans (or Cowboys) play a team such as the Panthers in Port Moresby for the Kokoda Cup. 2pm timeslot and guaranteed 20,000 fans plus it helps to develop the game further in PNG.

        Queen’s birthday is another huge opportunity. Already Dragons play Bulldogs but possibly a Sunday night game could slot in well in somewhere such as Melbourne.

        Holidays are where the NRL need to look for scheduling.

        • October 9th 2017 @ 2:03pm
          Gary Harvey said | October 9th 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

          PNG game is a sensational idea. Hunters could play in the warm up game. Its way too sensible for NRL to consider though

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            October 9th 2017 @ 2:09pm
            Riley Pettigrew said | October 9th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

            I’ve heard whispers that the Dragons are in talks to take a premiership game to Suva so maybe it’s not that far off. The NRL really need to take a more active approach in the Pacific.

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              October 9th 2017 @ 9:58pm
              Scott Pryde said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

              More than whispers Riley.

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                October 9th 2017 @ 10:20pm
                Sleiman Azizi said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

                That’s the kind of gossip worth listening to.

      • October 10th 2017 @ 8:45am
        Jimmmy said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

        That’s a great idea jb. I would LOVE to see that Titans / Cows game become an entrenched fixture. Now you have suggested it makes so much sense. I believe it would develop a real rivalry btw the Cows and Titans. The NRL needs more of this.