Sharks catch boosts push for stadium expansion
UP UP, CRONULLA chants will be heard in an unfamiliar place for the next two years.
The famous NRL side are set to circle the Coast, bringing a regular season fixture to the region in 2020 and 2021.
The 2016 grand final winners confirmed they would become the second NRL side, along with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, to play for premiership points at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council had worked hard to increase the region's presence in the NRL.
He said he would be inviting the club's "number one fan", Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to the game next year.
Fisher MP Andrew Wallace said he too would be suggesting to the PM he take a trip north to the Coast for the game.
Mr Wallace said the game would be another significant boost to accommodation and hospitality operators and he said an expansion of Sunshine Coast Stadium was needed as the region's population grew.
"I have already begun discussions between our local councillors, our state members and the local community to advance this project and I am already exploring with the Federal Government whether there is any way that we can support these upgrades," Mr Wallace said.
Sunshine Coast Falcons CEO and ex-NRL star Chris Flannery said it was an "awesome" result for the region.
"I certainly think there's a great opportunity for these NRL clubs to push their brands out into these areas," Mr Flannery said.
He said it was important the region kept showcasing itself to NRL stakeholders, as it showed there were other areas outside the traditional areas, with boutique stadiums, where teams could thrive.