Wagga Wagga City Council and Canberra Raiders have committed to a National Rugby League match in the city next year after today confirming the 18 April 2020 fixture will not go ahead in Wagga.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM confirmed a decision on the future of the Round 6 game against Newcastle Knights in Wagga had to be made to assist with planning and logistics amid the management of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation.
“There’s no doubt this is disappointing for all concerned, but the decision has been made in line with advice from government and health authorities and in the best interests of the community,” Cr Conkey said.
“The good news is that we can look forward to Canberra Raiders playing in Wagga Wagga again next year.
“Council has been in discussions with the Raiders and the NRL and our partnership will roll into 2021 which means the Green Machine will be back in Wagga … that has been locked in.”
Canberra Raiders’ Chief Executive Officer Don Furner confirmed a game in Wagga next season was in the diary.
“I have spoken to both the ACT Government and the NRL and they are both supportive of this decision,” Mr Furner said.
“At this stage, the match will be transferred to GIO Stadium for the same day and time and whether that will be in front of spectators or behind closed doors, remains to be seen.”
Mr Furner said he could not confirm at this early stage a date or opponent for the 2021 game at McDonald’s Park.
“It’s a terrific venue, we see great value in bringing this game to Wagga and we want to continue that partnership we have forged with the city in recent times,” Mr Furner said.
Cr Conkey confirmed the Council’s ongoing partnership with Canberra Raiders was as strong as ever and the current situation demonstrated that working relationship.
“The Raiders have been fantastic in working with Council staff and keeping them informed every step of the way,” Cr Conkey said.
“Their professionalism in this unprecedented situation has been outstanding and the Council looks forward to working with the club again next year.”
Patrons who have purchased tickets to the Round 6 game will be eligible for a full refund through Ticketek.
Ticketek will be in contact with all ticket holders in the coming days to let them know the process.