The Daily Telegraph’s Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield has revealed the NRL has won the tender to host the first match at Sydney’s new $900million football stadium.
And the match to open the new stadium will be a blockbuster between two rival teams.
“The (New South Wales) State Government are not ready to announce it but it will come from Stuart Ayres’ office but it is a win for rugby league,” revealed Rothfield in The Big Sports Breakfast.
“The grudge match we love more than anything, Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 25 on September 2 will open the stadium (Sydney Football).
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“The very powerful figures in rugby union and their connections at state government level wanted to open it up with the Wallabies vs Springboks test match.
“Australian rules football have pitched the Matildas against Brazil or one of the European powers, but rugby league have won the battle and that will be announced soon. It’s going to be a fantastic night for Sydney sport, for rugby league .”
Sydney Football Stadium was closed in October 2018 for redevelopment. Rothfield also revealed the names of some of the game’s greats who will appear in the stands.
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“Fans will walk in and find large stands named after legends of these clubs Arthur Beetson and Ron Coote,” Rothfield said.
“I think given the history of the Roosters there, I spoke to David Middleton during the week the Roosters started in 1908 at the old Sydney show ground.
“Since 1911, this site where the new stadium is located has been their home. I think it’s normal that the Roosters always open the hall and what a game it will be against their main rivals.
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