In another win for the Canterbury-Bankstown district, the Bulldogs are coming back to town this coming Sunday to play an NRL premiership game at Belmore Sports Ground against the St George-Illawarra Dragons.
The Round 12 clash kicks off at 2pm and will see the Bulldogs finally make it back to their spiritual home. They were scheduled to play the Wests Tigers last year and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2020 at Belmore before both fixtures were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey said with elite rugby league only on display once a year at Belmore Sports Ground, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.
“Aside from the social benefits, an NRL game returns significant money into the local economy through spending at cafes, restaurants, eateries and retailers. Local businesses get a surge in foot traffic with an increase of up to 70% in their walk-in trade on game day. This is why the historic venue’s project partners work so hard to secure major events like this, the benefits are significant for the entire Canterbury-Bankstown area,” Mr Brailey said.
“It only comes around once a year and it’s an auspicious opportunity to showcase the history and heritage of this amazing facility and engage with the local community who can come and enjoy the footy. Given the number of Bulldogs and Dragons supporters, I venture to suggest that the game is going to be hugely successful.”
Back to Belmore Vice President Steven Cataldi said these sorts of events were great in terms of boosting morale in the community and delivered major flow-on effects for local businesses.
“This is a boost for business, a boost for visitors and a boon for the local economy. The NRL is a world-class competition, it goes on TV all around the world. The eyes of the world will be on Belmore hosting an NRL match on Sunday,” Mr Cataldi said.
Tickets for the Bulldogs and Dragons clash are available from Ticketek.