Light show for the stadium
THE signing of former Bowraville junior Greg Inglis by South Sydney means that there are two big reasons for spectators to attend the NRL trial match to be played at the BCU International Stadium on February 19.
The first is that it will be the first event held at the stadium under the newly upgraded lights.
Second is it will allow Inglis the chance to play on the Coffs Coast for the first time since Melbourne Storm met Gold Coast here in February 2008.
The upcoming trial match will be a repeat of the match played earlier this year when South Sydney played against Gold Coast.
“It would be great to see Greg Inglis kick off his career with the Rabbitohs right here in Coffs Harbour – in the heart of Group 2 country,” Coffs Harbour mayor Councillor Keith Rhoades said yesterday.
Construction work on the upgrade to the digital television standard of 1500 lux is beginning today.
Work at the stadium will mean that the area will be closed to the public while the four new light towers are being erected.
The next event to take place at BCU International Stadium will be the AFL (NSW/ACT) State Zone trials in January.
It is the arrival of the Rabbitohs, though, in February that has Cr Rhoades excited.
“The Rabbitohs have become such a part of the Coffs Harbour community that this game will give us all the chance to return the compliment by going along and giving them our support,” Councillor Rhoades said.
“Plus this will be the first game ever played under the upgraded stadium lights, so it will be an historic occasion.”
Tickets for the Rabbitohs and Titans clash go on sale on Wednesday, December 1, with grandstand seats selling for $30 each (no concessions).
As has become standard ‘early bird' practice for such big events, tickets purchased to the outer ground in December will be cheaper than those purchased in the new year.