The NRL and QRL has unveiled plans for a new home of Rugby League in Queensland.
The centre, opposite Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, will combine the history of the game with the most modern facilities for the players, students and the community.
It will house all the game’s key Queensland stakeholders – from the QRL and Men of League through to Touch Football Australia and NRL officials – under the one roof.
NRL CEO Dave Smith said the new centre would include:
* A Rugby League historical display and function space, combining the heritage of the game with grassroots and community programs
* A learning centre featuring interactive displays which can be used by school children and community groups
* Meeting rooms and work spaces
ARLC Chairman, John Grant said the NRL had a vision to celebrate the success and future of Rugby League under the one roof.
“Queensland is a powerhouse of rugby league … you only have to look at the makeup of the finals series to see that,” he said.
“There is going to be growing demand to be part of our game in Queensland and this project gives us a centre where school children, community groups, players, fans and staff can all enjoy the many benefits our game has to offer.
“And it is only across the road from Suncorp Stadium.”
QRL managing director Rob Moore said the new centre would help everyone feel part of Rugby League.
He said the QRL had outgrown the existing premises at Suncorp Stadium and the new facility would ensure staff could deliver a better service to stakeholders.
“We now have an increased presence of NRL staff in Queensland which is a massive boost for the game,” he said.
“This centre will house staff from the South East Division and Brisbane junior and senior leagues as well.
“While it is only a stone’s throw away from our current offices at Suncorp Stadium, this is a significant move in the development of Rugby League in our State.”
Mr Moore said the owners of the building would co-invest with the NRL and QRL in the centre.