Dolphins chief executive Terry Reader reportedly has many concerns surrounding the schedule of the annual festival known as Riverfire that takes place in Brisbane and brings in around over 500,000 tourists to the city.
These reports come from The Courier Mail, as Reader's concerns involving Riverfire coincide with the Dolphins' biggest game of the year, a huge cross-town derby against the Brisbane Broncos.
The club is also the only team to play a game leading in to each of the three Origin fixtures. This is a huge negative with a number of The Dolphins set to feature in the Origin arena next season, including the likes of Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Thomas Gilbert, Felise Kaufusi and new recruit Thomas Flegler.
“We have contacted the Brisbane Festival to investigate what the opportunities might be to integrate the game into the build-up and celebrations around Riverfire,” Reader said to News Corp.
“Unfortunately, we are the only side in the NRL to play before every Origin game.
“We have been given our final bye in round 18, but like all three of our bye weekends, not one of them is before or after any of the Origin games, which is not ideal for our representative players.”
“There has been some absolute rubbish thrown the Dolphins' way,” Parker said on SENQ.
“We saw the damage from what a lack of depth did to the Dolphins last season.
“Pre-Origin, they are the only team there every single week. They faded at the back but they've been handed this draw.
“The biggest clash, the Dolphins up against the Broncos in Round 26 at Suncorp Stadium is (during) the Riverfire (Festival) where half a million people will be moving throughout the season.
“Magic Round is a carnival-like atmosphere and the Dolphins are playing the last game against the mighty Wests Tigers.
“At that point, people just want to go home and prepare for Monday and that there is just another low blow for the Dolphins.”