Belmore is set to welcome the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year and ninth premiership match this century when the club brings its sole NRL fixture to Belmore Sports Ground against the Melbourne Storm on Sunday afternoon in a huge coup for the local area.
Momentum is building in Bulldogs heartland ahead of the epic NRL clash that is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Belmore with people expected to travel from not just across Sydney but plenty of diehard Storm supporters making the trek north of the Victorian border. Game day will include two grades of rugby league and a host of on and off-field entertainment.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey has noticed a
“buzz going around Belmore” as enthusiasm for the event builds.
“There is a real vibe in Belmore at the moment. You can just feel it in the air. It's an event not just for footy fans but families and it's a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate the rich history of this amazing venue. Let's make the most of it.” Mr Brailey said.
“The NRL match is not only big news for Bulldogs supporters and proponents of sport in the area, but also local businesses hoping to cash in on the game. It is a major win for these businesses as Bulldogs and Storm fans flock from all over, pumping money into local cafes and eateries. It's great for the local economy and it gives Belmore exposure. The outcome is everyone wins.”
Upon the release of the 2019 NRL draw last October, the Back to Belmore executive committee forecast the match would provide a major boon to the local economy as well as provide grassroots rugby league with a significant boost. Full house signs are expected to go up across Burwood Road with restaurants, eateries, cafes and hotels rejoicing with establishments full of customers.
The organisation's governing body hopes the NRL's return to the Bulldogs' traditional home on Sunday will provide the impetus for further redevelopments to Belmore Sports Ground which could make the historic venue capable of hosting more major sporting events in the long-term future.