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It's bye-bye Belmore as Dogs consider their future at Sydney Olympic Park

By Steve Mascord

June 3, 2005 - Sydney Morning Herald

Bulldogs officials are on the verge of signing a 15-year lease at Sydney Olympic Park, moving their headquarters after 70 years at Belmore.

Dogs chief executive Malcolm Noad said a deal to have their offices and training base at Homebush Bay, with games at Telstra Stadium, for the next 10 and a half years was on the table.

But a hitch in negotiations with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority has delayed an announcement. The Telstra Stadium component of the arrangement, however, is thought to be virtually sealed.

"We're in the process of talking about it but the deal's not completed," Noad said. "We've been looking at it for some months now. We've been looking at some other options, too, but this appears to be the most convenient one at the moment.

"We need to finalise the SOPA deal. It makes sense to play, train and administer our football team from the one place."

If the NRL held any hopes of the Bulldogs moving to Gosford, they will evaporate with the new lease agreement.

The Dogs, Wests Tigers and Souths met Telstra Stadium chief executive Ken Edwards this week but couldn't agree on a single match being moved to Central Coast Stadium next season. It is thought the four parties are waiting for the league to offer incentives for relocating games.

The Dogs have trained and run their business from Belmore since joining the premiership as the Canterbury-Bankstown Berries in 1935. But in their first season they played at several venues around Sydney until work on Belmore Oval was completed for the next season.

The Bulldogs have had a number of seasons with other venues as their home ground since then but have always had their roots in Belmore, where Canterbury Leagues Club is a major financial supporter.

 


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