Dolphins First Home Game Sold Out! After Sensational Debut

Published 08 March 2023

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The Dolphins are already proving to be the runaway success of the 2023 NRL season, with this weekend’s home game now sold out!

It follows a stellar debut game for the Dolphins against the Roosters, sending them home from Suncorp Stadium after an astonishing 28-18 drubbing.

Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery encouraged locals to get a Dolphins’ season membership and sign up to be part of history, to ensure you don’t risk missing out on future tickets.

“We’ve been waiting 75 years for our very own NRL team to run onto the field at home here in Redcliffe and this weekend that dream will become a reality at Kayo Stadium,” he said.

“Last Sunday afternoon felt like a win for the entire Moreton Bay region before The Dolphins had even taken to the field!

“I took the train into the game from Narangba Station along with a sea of eager fans crammed into carriages wearing their red, gold, and white colours.

“We went in hoping to witness something truly special on the field and we did, but for me it was the smiling faces of fans off the field that made me most proud.

“There was an overwhelming sense that win, lose or draw, we were just happy to have a team that we could call our own.

“That’s why Council invested $8.5 million into upgrading Kayo Stadium to be NRL ready in time for the club’s pitch to become the 17th team.

“This was always about giving locals something they can cheer about and feel proud to be a part of, and that showed on Sunday afternoon in the trains to and from the game and in the seats of Suncorp Stadium.

“While you can’t measure the significance of having an NRL team, it was important to Council that locals saw a return on that investment.

“The club’s promotion to the NRL is estimated to be worth at least $74 million per year to our local Moreton Bay economy.

“That’s money that’s going straight into the pockets of local businesses, supporting local mums and dads to send their kids to school and making a real difference to our community.

“But Council doesn’t just fund the big players either.

“We’ve long had a reputation as one of the biggest supporters of community sport in South East Queensland.

“Over the past five Council budgets we’ve invested $161.8 million into upgrading and building new sports and recreation facilities in every part of Moreton Bay, so locals have access to quality sport facilities.

“We complement this by having the most generous Community Leasing Policy in South East Queensland for Council-owned facilities, so volunteers can carry on with running their clubs without worrying about the bills.

“Over 350 community groups pay a nominal leasing fee of just $1 per year to call Council facilities home, which also covers preparation fees, rates, water, sewerage, building insurance and even maintenance in some cases.

“We do this because locals love sport and exercise as a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and that showed on the faces of the 32,000 fans who packed out Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

“The Dolphins are a club built on over 70 years of history in Redcliffe and the Moreton Bay region from the founding members to the likes of the legendary Peter Leis, Dick ‘Tosser’ Turner and the immortal Arthur Beetson.

“We’re now only one game into the next chapter of The Dolphins’ history and I already can’t wait to witness so many more amazing memories with Moreton Bay locals.”