Oops! NRL’s “magic round” at Suncorp double-booked with Super Rugby

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    The NRL and Suncorp Stadium could end up with egg on their face after revelations plans for a Magic Round in Brisbane next year clashes with a Super Rugby fixture between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs.

    The NRL held a media conference on Sunday to announce that all eight games of round 10 next year will be held at Suncorp Stadium over the weekend of May 17-19.

    But in a huge embarrassment, it appears their arrangement may be scuppered before getting off the ground.

    The Reds last week unveiled their schedule for next year, that includes a match against the Waratahs on May 18 at Suncorp.

    The NRL have been contacted for comment.

    Earlier, Greenberg said the round would “showcase our game and create a festival-like occasion.”

    Greenberg spruiked Brisbane as the best place to launch Magic Round, forecast to be an annual event.

    The NRL has signed a multi-year agreement with the Queensland government and Brisbane City Council to hold it in Brisbane but he admitted could move locations in the future.

    “I think it’s a fitting start for what will be an annual event,” Greenberg said on Sunday.

    “There’s probably not a better place to try it than here in Queensland.

    “I expect it to be a roaring success.”

    Greenberg said the concept showed the NRL wanted to be as innovative as possible and to also do things differently to grow and foster the code.

    “The community interaction that we will have with all 16 clubs in place will be phenomenal,” he said.

    “Our coaches would be in grass roots clubs helping junior coaches, our players will be doing community work and on top of that you will see a great spectacle here on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.”

    Ticket prices will be aimed at families and patrons can buy one ticket for access to any of the double-header or triple-header sessions, as well as one covering all.

    The NRL sees Magic Round as its premier innovation event for 2019 but Greenberg is also optimistic about kicking off the season with a game on the United States west coast, dubbed Round Zero.

    “We can’t get a confirmation yet because there’s a lot of parts still to play including broadcasters and clubs and travel and, of course, cost but we’re working our way through that,” he said.

    The Magic Round is tipped to pump more than $60 million into the Queensland economy and generate 300,000 room just before before the start of the State of Origin series.

    Both Greenberg and Brisbane Broncos skipper Darius Boyd played down any concerns the Suncorp Stadium surface, which also cops Super Rugby and A-League traffic, would be able to cope with eight games over one weekend.

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    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2018 @ 3:48pm
      Cadfael said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

      Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened to the NRL.

      • June 17th 2018 @ 4:24pm
        jamesb said | June 17th 2018 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

        I agree. They announce a womens comp. It ends up with just six teams participating. And the NRL also hires an ex Qld Premier as chairman who doesn’t know the mascot of Cronulla.

        Having said that, Rugby fans shouldn’t gloat too much. Rugby Australia is lead by someone who couldn’t manage a salary cap.

        • June 17th 2018 @ 4:58pm
          John Ryan said | June 17th 2018 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

          Gad how dreadful a game that will be watched by a near full house Vs a game that on a good day will attract the proverbial 5 men & a dog
          I know which game I would be dumping

          • June 18th 2018 @ 1:12pm
            Mungo said | June 18th 2018 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

            Wow a whole weekend of one round of RL in one city will outdraw the Reds – the only place in the world this would happen – Congrats. Perhaps you could hire someone who understands the Gregorian calendar. 2 years ago the RL put the raiders in the draw for Canberra on a weekend when the RU were playing at the same time (and the RL draw comes out last to cherrypick the best times). What a howler of course the Sydney herald, partners with Nine in Stan, buried the stuffup story as a scheduling change.

        • June 18th 2018 @ 3:56pm
          Jacko said | June 18th 2018 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

          James the NRL CEO couldnt manage a salary cap…also couldnt handle a rape case properly…tried hiding it

    • June 17th 2018 @ 3:49pm
      KingCowboy said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

      Move the Reds game to Townsville. Would be close to a sell out. Problem solved??

      • Roar Guru

        June 17th 2018 @ 3:53pm
        eagleJack said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

        I’d say they would move it to Ballymore. But not a bad idea to go regional KC. Could be a good opportunity for the Reds to show they are representing all of QLD.

        • June 17th 2018 @ 3:58pm
          Reverse Wheel said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

          Good opportunity for the reds to gouge the nrl for some coin.

        • June 18th 2018 @ 3:59pm
          jacko said | June 18th 2018 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

          Play the 8 NRL games at Ballymore…Suncorp already booked

      • Roar Guru

        June 17th 2018 @ 4:37pm
        Cadfael said | June 17th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

        The Reds and Tahs games in QWueensland normally always do well. They won’t move it.

        • Roar Guru

          June 17th 2018 @ 4:55pm
          eagleJack said | June 17th 2018 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

          Ballymore fits 18-20k. That’s enough for the Reds v Waratahs. And they will be handsomely compensated I’m sure, money rugby desperately needs.

          • Roar Guru

            June 17th 2018 @ 5:07pm
            Nat said | June 17th 2018 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

            It’s not a bad idea but don’t discount the power of the ‘collar up’ crowd. Compared to Suncorp, Ballymore is a very dated facility. Imagine asking the Tah’s hierarchy to play at Leichhardt Oval. Still, poor planning from the NRL, availability would have to be the 1st question asked.

            • June 17th 2018 @ 8:45pm
              Tom said | June 17th 2018 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

              Tahs played the Blues at Brookvale this year, which is just as bad as Leichardt

            • June 18th 2018 @ 6:17am
              Shane said | June 18th 2018 @ 6:17am | ! Report

              Wouldn’t it be the responsibility of the Stadium to manage bookings? Clients i.e. NRL/ARU would put in a request and the Stadium could confirm….or not.
              I am sure that the Stadium has a plan.

              • June 18th 2018 @ 1:14pm
                Mumbles said | June 18th 2018 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

                Blame someone else as always as if you would go out without checking (at least with Klein in the bunker – another howler!!)

              • Roar Guru

                June 18th 2018 @ 8:45pm
                Renegade said | June 18th 2018 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

                If Suncorp said it was available there’s not much else they could do…. who else are they supposed to ask?

      • June 17th 2018 @ 8:56pm
        terrence said | June 17th 2018 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

        Or just reverse the home games between the two teams. Make that the Waratahs home game (no NRL games in town that weekend).

        I know what the owners of Suncorp Stadium (QLD gov) and the local business owners / chamber of commerce etc. would prefer.

        • June 18th 2018 @ 4:01pm
          Jacko said | June 18th 2018 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

          Just put the magic round on a weekend the venue isnt booked….

          • June 19th 2018 @ 6:09pm
            terrence said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

            Either way it’s a no big deal. The poor old keyboard nuffies here all got over excited over nothing, as usual.

    • June 17th 2018 @ 3:50pm
      Tony said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      LOL! Was a stupid idea anyway. 300,000 rooms……….even if Brisbane has that number of hotel rooms, there’s not that many NRL fans who travel interstate.

    • June 17th 2018 @ 3:56pm
      Dan Vella said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

      They should do a similar event at the new parra stadium

    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2018 @ 3:57pm
      Rabbitz said | June 17th 2018 @ 3:57pm | ! Report


      Left Hand, let me introduce you to Right Hand…

    • June 17th 2018 @ 4:06pm
      jamesb said | June 17th 2018 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

      Toddy, Toddy, Toddy….

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