The renaissance of suburban league has the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs returning to Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon to take on the Brisbane Broncos.
The Round 20 fixture at the historic facility is expected to bring hordes of rugby league fans to the Canterbury-Bankstown district. Gates are due to open at 12.30pm with the Knock On Effect NSW Cup curtain raiser game between the Bulldogs and North Sydney Bears kicking off at 12.40pm and the NRL game kicks off at 3pm.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey said the premiership match would provide an enormous boost for Belmore's reputation and brand.
“As Belmore Sports Ground prepares to host its twelfth NRL game since 2015 on Saturday, the rapid evolution of the local precinct has taken centre stage,” Mr Brailey said.
“You need to think outside the box. In the near future, we'd love to see the NRL game day experience in Belmore become a two-day food and music festival held at the Terry Lamb Reserve showcasing the best of our culturally and ethnically diverse Canterbury-Bankstown area, ending with a massive game-day watch party.”
Vice President Steven Cataldi said the event is being praised for giving Belmore international sporting exposure.
“It will put us under the spotlight in the NRL. Events like these are also significant for the local economy, bringing a large number of visitors to Greater Western Sydney with positive flow-on effects,” Mr Cataldi said.
“What it really does is it drives a lot of cooperation and coordination between different organisations in the Canterbury-Bankstown area like the Bulldogs and Back to Belmore. I think it really is one of Belmore's strengths that we're an excellent host precinct for this kind of major sporting event. Logistically, I know it is a big lift for these events in this locality but you've got an amazing group of people in Belmore that really come together to pull it off. It's a big deal for the local region for sure.”
A sellout crowd is expected to pack the historic venue. Traffic delays are anticipated to begin from Saturday early afternoon in Belmore and surrounds.