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    Perth bid to host Origin in 2018

    THE NRL’s jewel, State of Origin, could be headed to Western Australia for the first time.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Perth is expected to make a full-blown bid for an Origin match in the 2018 series.

    Two games will be played at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium this year, two matches in Brisbane next season before a match goes “on the road” again in 2018.
    Perth's new sports stadium at Burswood could host a State of Origin match.

    And a new a $1.2 billion stadium being built in Burswood — which will originally seat 60,000 fans with the potential to rise to 70,000 — has Perth ready to pounce.

    The Daily Telegraph has been told that the three-game Origin format may alter permanently in coming years with a game each in Sydney and Brisbane and a third being awarded to the highest-bidding city from around Australia.

    In what will be a bidding war, Perth will no doubt have to overcome another strong bid for Origin from Melbourne, where 91,513 people attended game two last year at the MCG.

    The Western Australia and Victoria Governments would outlay big money to the NRL in return for a match in what is the most lucrative sporting series in Australia. A just-completed Perth Stadium may give WA a decisive edge.

    State of Origin has only ever been played in the traditional heartland of Sydney and Brisbane, along with Melbourne and a match in Los Angeles, California, back in 1987.

    NRL officials have already travelled to Perth and were openly impressed by plans for the new stadium, which will be completed for the 2018 AFL season.
    State of Origin could go west to Perth in 2018.

    Stadium backers are already considering which major sporting events could be lured to Perth.

    Just last week, Stadium Australia Operations, which run Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, was named as the WA Government’s preferred stadium operator. Stadium Australia management has immense knowledge in hosting Origin games.

    “I am sure there will be enormous interest from around the country given State of Origin is the pinnacle of rugby league and the biggest sporting event in Australia,” said NSWRL chief executive David Trodden.

    Origin in Perth would generate millions of dollars for the local economy. The Perth Stadium website claims to offer a “multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events’’.

    About 85 per cent of seating in Perth will be under cover with fans able to access the stadium over a $54 million pedestrian bridge.

    Perth will host its first rugby league international on October 15 when Australia play New Zealand at nib Stadium in the lead-up to the 2016 Four Nations Tournament in the UK.

    Just last week, Trodden and NSW coach Laurie Daley were at Sydney Olympic Park staking out the new $20 million Blues high performance centre which will have a full-size training field ready for next season.

    Daley has worked tirelessly over summer ensuring every logistic in NSW’s campaign is covered. NSW will again use the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour as home base for this year’s series.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/spo...3422564a0245b0

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    Must be true. It's in the Telecrap. Australia's most reliable news source. Not.

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    Would be a sellout if it did end up there though.

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    Make it 70k now.

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    Should have been planned for 80k from the get go.

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    That is if the gayfl will allow it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf1 View Post
    That is if the gayfl will allow it
    they're not managing the stadium. they cant do anything about it but whinge

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    they're not managing the stadium. they cant do anything about it but whinge
    Spot on.

    In fact the WAFC consortium were'nt even listed as a prefeered respondant where as the three other applicants were ranked in order.

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    You blokes are enjoying a good gloat aren't youse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    You blokes are enjoying a good gloat aren't youse.
    Overall I don't really care - has a very minimal impact on me. BUT - i don't see how the WAFC could have been unbiased on the management of the facility if it went to them. They have shown they are at the AFL level in regards to finals vs September tests.
    I also think it was borderline unethical for them to even try - which is why I think they didn't get a look in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Spot on.

    In fact the WAFC consortium were'nt even listed as a prefeered respondant where as the three other applicants were ranked in order.
    I am fully awre of that lads, but you never know how they will wine and moan to the new management about their precious ground being torn up.

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