Fans with forced refunds to have priority Storm tickets
Tickets will soon be released for the Melbourne Storm's next three home games at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Today Sunshine Coast Council and the Storm confirmed the second-placed team would play its next three home games at the Bokarina stadium: Round 16 against Manly Sea Eagles on August 30, Round 18 against Cowboys on September 13 and Round 19 against West Tigers on September 19.
Tickets to the Sea Eagles game will be released for sale at 9am, Monday August 24. Tickets to the Cowboys and West Tigers matches will be for sale the Monday before the matches.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Storm members and those who forced to have tickets refunded due to lowered capacity for the Storm and Bulldogs match and would be contacted by Ticketek with an opportunity for priority tickets.
Cr Jamieson said the COVID-safe plan for the last Storm match played at the council-owned stadium had been reviewed and approved for upcoming matches by Queensland Health.
About 4100 fans will be allowed, about a third of the stadium's usual capacity, and seating will be provided at the eastern and southern hills.
The Storm remains unbeaten at Sunshine Coast Stadium and Cr Jamieson hopes that is a trend that will continue.
"We hope the next three home games will help the Storm maintain that level of success," he said.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy credited the team's "terrific performance" down to the support received during Sunshine Coast home games.
"We've received a warm and sincere welcome," he said.
He said there are about 2500 Storm members in the region.
Mr Donaghy handed Cr Jamieson a match-played ball singed by Cameron Munster that reads "To Mayor ... All the best" as a token of thanks.
Sunshine Coast Stadium will host the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys match next month.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy today confirmed the second-placed team would stay in the region after playing its last three home games here.
The games that will be played on the Coast include: Round 16 clash against Manly Sea Eagles on August 30, Round 18 match against Cowboys on September 13, Round 19 game against West Tigers on September 19.
The COVID-Safe plan was revised for Storm's last home game at Bokarina Stadium, against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
It included socially-distanced seating on the eastern and southern hills and a crowd capacity of 4134.
Last Wednesday coach Craig Bellamy hinted at more games in the sunshine state.
"Hopefully they are here, for us and for the fans who have created awesome atmosphere when we have played here," he said last Wednesday.
"I know the players really enjoy playing here so hopefully it's the case."