A galaxy of stars will headline NRL Grand Final entertainment as Brisbane honors rugby league royalty ahead of the match with King George Square rebranded as King Wally Square.
Grand Final Week officially kicks off Sunday evening with Brisbane Town Hall, King George Tower and Hilton lit up with iconic images from the season, tributes to Penrith and South Sydney, fans of the game and a thank you to the Queensland community for their hospitality.
The pre-game entertainment at Suncorp Stadium will have a Queensland theme with local star Kate Miller-Heidke singing the national anthem and leading the entertainment with Australian rock legend Ian Moss.
The Stafford Brothers, DJ Timmy Trumpet, Aboriginal didgeridoo player William Barton and a 40-piece orchestra will complete the grand final show which will also include a spectacular light show.
King George Square in Brisbane’s business district will be renamed King Wally Square in honor of the immortal Wally Lewis of Queensland as part of a two-day NRL Fan Fest on Thursday and Friday, culminating with the appearance of the two teams Friday afternoon.
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NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said the week-long celebration was an appropriate way to thank Queensland for their support of the Telstra Premiership in 2021 after 13 teams moved to the Sunshine State in July due to of the COVID-19 pandemic.
âThis is a historic week for the Queensland Rugby League as we will light up some of Brisbane’s best-known landmarks with iconic images from our season,â he said.
“It’s also a chance to say thank you to the fans and the Queenslanders for welcoming us in 2021.
âThe Grand Final is more than a match day, it’s a week-long celebration of clubs, players and above all the fans.
“This week is also an opportunity for us to give a boost to the local economy. Visitors from all over Queensland will be in Brisbane for the Grand Final. The first allotment of tickets is sold out and the last 7,000 tickets will be gone. available Monday. “
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the excitement for the grand finale will peak this week.
“I have long said that Queensland deserves a grand final,” she said.
âWe are happy that our strong health response has made this possible. Major sporting events are pumping millions of dollars into Queensland businesses, supporting local jobs and helping to rebuild our economy.
âWe have seen with Magic Round the tremendous benefits that events like this can provide to tourism and hospitality businesses. An NRL Grand Final is a dream come true for soccer fans across the state. . I encourage all Queenslanders to make the most of the grand final here in the heart of the rugby league. “
Miller-Heidke said she was “absolutely thrilled and proud to sing in the Grand Final – it’s a huge honor” while Moss is no stranger to the Grand Final.
âPerforming in the 2015 Grand Final with Cold Chisel was one of those career moments that we all look to play, so being invited to perform at the 2021 Telstra Premiership Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium here in the magnificent Sunshine State is an honor.
“And sharing the stage with the talented Kate Miller-Heidke and William Barton is a real bonus and a real gift. I can’t wait.”
Mayor Adrian Schrinner said renaming King George Square after King Wally and lighting up Town Hall in the NRL team colors were appropriate ways to celebrate the Grand Final in Brisbane.
“Queensland football fans have long wanted the Grand Final to take place at Suncorp Stadium, which remains the best rugby union ground in the world,” he said.
âNow that this is finally happening, we want to make sure the city celebrates and seizes this incredible opportunity by creating a real festival vibe.
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âRenaming our spot after King Wally, who is considered one of the best rugby league players to ever don a pair of shoes, and lighting up Town Hall in the NRL team colors will help get people excited. “
The day of the Grand Final will also include the preliminary finals of the Intrust Super Cup.
Final fan ticket allocation, for Penrith and Souths fans, will be released on Monday, with club members accessing tickets at 10 a.m. and the remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m.
Tickets are available via www.nrl.com/tickets