NRL fans back suburban venues over Sydney stadiums

Fans of the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) would prefer money to be spent on updating suburban grounds rather than revamping stadiums in Sydney.

Almost 65 per cent of respondents to a survey by the Daily Telegraph newspaper said they would rather watch matches at the more traditional suburban venues.

In contrast, just 19 per cent said that they would prefer to attend games at an updated Allianz Stadium, and a further 19 per cent said they would opt for a revamped ANZ Stadium (pictured).

Meanwhile, in a massive boost for fans of five NRL clubs that play home matches at the ANZ Stadium, the Daily Telegraph has reported that the teams will hold a meeting this Friday to discuss slashing ticket prices.

The newspaper said that the clubs have united to lobby the NRL to take action over scheduling issues at the stadium and a sharp drown in attendance figures.

The current price structure means a family pass for four people to attend a game at the stadium will cost around A$70 (€47/U$55/£43).

However, a proposed new A$49 family ticket would cover admission to the ANZ Stadium, as well as reduced food and drinks prices and discounted parking at the nearby Sydney Olympic Park.

The meeting will take place shortly after a Daily Telegraph survey found that 22 per cent of fans will not attend games due to high ticket prices, while 14 per cent criticised the cost of food and drinks in stadiums.

Blake Solly, chief executive of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one of the teams that plays at the ANZ Stadium, said: “The clubs are meeting again on Friday to push forward with initiatives we want to trial towards the end of this season and then bring in next season

“We know there is an issue about making tickets more affordable. Different clubs will price different levels in different areas.

“We want to agree to a joint pricing offer but more importantly it can be consistent right through the season so people have an understanding of what they are getting.”

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