Western Sydney's reputation as a sporting destination continues to grow, with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs set to bring a vital pre-season game to Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon.
The historic venue will host a rare double header when the Wests Tigers kick it off against the Canberra Raiders before the Bulldogs take on the Cronulla Sharks in what will be the last hitout before the NRL season starts and is expected to provide a significant boost to the local economy.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey said the trial matches were a nod to Belmore's ability to host large-scale professional sporting events.
“This sporting precinct has demonstrated an ability to hold really significant events over the last few years, and this will just be another feather in Belmore's cap,” Mr Brailey said.
“There is nowhere better in the Canterbury-Bankstown district to play rugby league than Belmore Sports Ground. It's just going to be fantastic to see this iconic facility hosting some of the NRL's best players. This event will be a supercharged day for diehard footy fans which will deliver huge benefits to the local economy with a much-needed injection of cash into eateries and restaurants on Burwood Road.”
Vice President Steven Cataldi was confident a good crowd would be in attendance to watch the back-to-back pre-season games.
“We know that this region is extremely popular when it comes to sport of all kinds. We're really confident that we'll get a good crowd here to watch both fixtures at Belmore and I know the local community will get behind their favourite teams.” Mr Cataldi said.
The Bulldogs will return to play again at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday, 19 March facing off against the Wests Tigers in what will be the eleventh NRL premiership match Canterbury has taken to its spiritual home since 2015.