15 December 2017
Tickets are officially on sale for the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship in Moreton Bay, just in time for Christmas.
Ten Commonwealth nations will contest the rugby league nines exhibition competition at Redcliffe’s revamped 10,000-seat Dolphins Stadium on February 23 and 24 next year.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones announced the start of $6 million in construction works on the new eastern-side stadium.
“This great initiative will see the construction of an all new 2,800 seat grandstand requiring 80 tonnes of reinforcement steel and 1000 cubic metres of concrete to complete,” she said.
“There’ll be between 30 and 50 workers on site per day, which is important to delivering local jobs for tradies during the construction phase. There’ll also be ongoing jobs in events, hospitality and security.
“The Rugby League Commonwealth Championship will be a February preview before April’s Commonwealth Games. This construction is a preview to the kind of economic stimulus major events inject into our communities.
“So if you haven’t already got your tickets get in quick, they’re a great gift for any true footy fanatic.”
Eight men’s under 23 teams will compete in the 2018 event, along with six open women’s teams and three teams of players with physical disabilities.
The competition is being staged in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and follows the inaugural Rugby League Commonwealth Championship which was held to coincide with the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland said, “Moreton Bay is no stranger to hosting large sporting events, and I’m thrilled to be able to welcome players, coaches, staff and die-hard league supporters from around the world for the 2018 Commonwealth championship.”
“Before all the action of the Commonwealth Games gets underway there’s one place to be - Moreton Bay,” he said.
“You’ll never have another chance to see some of the hottest talent in the world up close in an intimate arena like Dolphin Stadium, you’ll practically be a part of the action on field.
“February will be rugby league heaven for footy lovers in Moreton Bay and if you want to be a part of history, you’re going to need to get your tickets quick.”
Rugby League International Federation Chief Executive Officer said the Commonwealth Championships provided an outstanding competition at Glasgow in 2014.
Following the success of the Women's World Cup, these Championships will expand to include six women's nations in addition to the eight men's teams,” he said.
“RLIF is extremely grateful to Moreton Bay for the excellent facilities and to the continued support of the Commonwealth Games for the sport of Rugby League . The 2018 event will provide a great weekend of world class sport for spectators and players alike and we look forward to welcoming the teams to Queensland in February.”
NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said the matches would be an exciting addition in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, following the success of the recent Rugby League World Cup.
“South-East Queensland fans will get another opportunity to see some of the best rugby league action right on their doorstep and it’s fantastic that we will have men’s, women’s and physical disability teams as part of the tournament,” Mr Canavan said.
“Redcliffe has always been a strong rugby league community and with a new stadium upgrade, I encourage fans young and old to come down and join in the fun and atmosphere.”
Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath encouraged league fans to get in quick and purchase tickets for what would be two days of exhilarating rugby league nines action.
“The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship through our Embracing 2018 Legacy program and hope to one day see rugby league nines included as a medal event in the Commonwealth Games,” she said.
Dolphins Chairman Bob Jones said the event will be a treat for fans who are keen for their football fix after a long off-season.
“Our first Dolphins home game will take place on 11th March, so this is a good chance for footy fanatics to get an early taste back at Dolphin Stadium,” he said.
“We hope to see our 800 odd junior Dolphins out in force at the event.”
The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.rugbyleague9smoretonbay.com.au
2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship fast facts:
- Nine-a-side competition featuring Commonwealth nations to be held on February 23 and 24
- Eight men’s Under 23’s teams to compete along with four open women’s teams and three physical disabilities teams (Australia, New Zealand and World All-Stars)
- Dolphins Stadium, Redcliffe: 10,000 seat capacity, underwent upgrade in 2016