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SCG to host at least 2020 grand final with ANZ Stadium to undergo renovations

Sporting News logo Sporting News 12/06/2019
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The NRL grand final will divert from ANZ Stadium for the first time in 21 years next season, with the Sydney Cricket Ground to host the showpiece event in 2020 while the Olympic venue undergoes renovations.

ANZ Stadium is set to be unavailable for competition until the 2023 NRL season while it's remodelled into a rectangular facility with 70–75,000 seats.

The SCG has been confirmed to stage its first grand final since 1987 next year, with the NRL and NSW Government still in discussions to decide where the clash will be held in '21 and '22.

The NRL on Wednesday informed club bosses about the timing of ANZ Stadium's refurbishment, with Canterbury and South Sydney now needing to lock in new home grounds for the back half of 2020.

According to NRL.com, the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs will play the majority of their home matches before ANZ Stadium is under construction to minimise any disruptions.

A rebuilt stadium at Moore Park is due for completion in early 2022, putting it in contention to hold the grand final later that year.

ANZ Stadium has hosted every grand final since 1998, when the big dance was played at the now-demolished Sydney Football Stadium.

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