Following their successful trip to Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay earlier this year, officials from the venue are currently in talks with the Bulldogs to host another game, during the 2013 NRL season.
The intent from the Stadium officials is there to reciprocate the game again in 2013, with negotiations underway as far back as six weeks ago, about the possibility of moving another game to Mackay.
Brett Leach, the Vice-Chairman of Virgin Australia Stadium, said that their talks with the Bulldogs had been progressing over the last few months.
“We have been in negotiations with the Bulldogs to see if they are keen to return to Mackay next year,” he said.
“There are still a number of various stages to get past before anything is confirmed regarding an NRL match in Mackay next season.
“I know the Bulldogs enjoyed their trip here this year and they even attracted 360 new members as a result.”
Discussions are set to continue between the two parties in the coming weeks, including a possible meeting with Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg at the Bulldogs headquarters.
Leach said that the reception the game received, as well as the positivist attitude that came from it, from players, fans, officials and administration staff, was all a boost.
“It was a really big benefit to the whole region to have the match here, with things running smoothly on the day at the stadium.”
Dave Phillips, the General Manager at Mackay Tourism, said that whilst exact financials for the region are relatively unknown, hosting an NRL game of this nature, has huge positive repercussions for the area.
“Staging a match like that increases Mackay’s profile, helps the local economy and is great for the town,” Phillips said.