NRL teams may play finals at the Sydney Swans’ SCG home base next season, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald.

With Allianz Stadium set to be revamped with world-class upgrades in 2019, it will leave a host of teams without a finals base, including the Roosters, Sharks and Sea Eagles.

And the SCG is being tipped as the solution, with the Roosters already locking in the venue for the majority of their home-and-away matches next season.

Should the Roosters secure a home final, it would only make sense to base them at the SCG, which may lead to scheduling conflicts with the AFL.

The Western Sydney Stadium and ANZ Stadium are both widely expected to be predominately used for finals, but the SCG’s prospects are reportedly being explored, which is set to host the 2020 grand final.

The NRL has already had scheduling issues this finals series due to the close proximity of where clubs finished on the ladder, with the majority of games set to occur in Sydney.

Penrith star James Maloney was not bothered by his side’s last-minute shift to ANZ Stadium where they will host the Warriors, a stadium the Panthers have won just four of their last 17 matches at.

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“At the end of the day if you’re going to play in a grand final you’ve got to play at ANZ,” Maloney told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I don’t care whatsoever [where we play].”

“You’ve got [to be comfortable at ANZ]. At the end of the day if you’re going to play in a grand final you’ve got to play at ANZ. You can’t really worry about where you’re playing, you’ve got to [be able to] play anywhere.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great idea. Once upon a time in our league history the game of the round apparently was always staged at the Cricket Ground. I’m sure the 80,000 people who watched that special grand final in the 1960s between Souths and Saints did not complain.

  2. the NRL does not allow certain clubs to use their own home grounds for Finals games. As they can’t fit 25,000 supporters into the grounds. Yet Melbourne only got a little more than 17,000 supporters to their home Final against South’s .
    Penrith would have packed out their home ground for the game against the Warriors & had way more people there than 17,000 there. Bringing the noise, colour & good look of a full suburban ground to the game. How full will the ground at Homebush be?
    The League needs to rethink these ridiculous rules.
    Of course the other way is to revamp the other suburban stadiums . Bring them up to 25,000 capacity. One at a time if necessary .
    The New Ground at Parramatta is Parramatta’s . It’s not home ground to the ever growing population well west of Parramatta. If teams west of there make the Finals in the future & need their own ground for a final . They don’t want to go to Parramatta either.

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