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Brisbane keen to host 2019 NRL final

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/07/2016

Queensland Rugby League chairman Peter Betros says he is keeping his fingers crossed Brisbane will be able to host the 2019 NRL grand final.

The Queensland government is in talks with the NRL to bring the season decider to Suncorp Stadium when Sydney's ANZ Stadium undergoes renovations, expected to be in 2019-20.

News Corp reported that the NRL preferred the 52,500 capacity Suncorp Stadium to host the final ahead of Melbourne, Auckland and Perth.

It was music to the ears of Betros who had dreamt of a Brisbane grand final especially after last year's all-Queensland season decider between the Cowboys and the Broncos.

"We'd love for the NRL grand final to be held here but that is an NRL decision, it's not for us to make," he said.

"I know the government is very keen, as we are.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed.

"This is the heartland of rugby league in Australia at the moment."

It is believed the Queensland government will need to upgrade the ground's big screens, sound system and wi-fi if it is to make a successful grand final bid.

Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones told NewsCorp she would lead negotiations with the NRL in a bid to earn hosting rights.

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