Strand Park welcome for returning Cowboys
Date published: 28 September 2017
Due to an overwhelming response from fans, Townsville’s Strand Park is now celebration central for the triumphant return of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys on Monday 2 October.
Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the level of interest from Cowboys fans to see and congratulate their heroes after this weekend’s NRL grand final match against the Melbourne Storm, meant the event needed to move to a bigger venue.
“The vibe around the city and all of North Queensland is incredible and we want to see as many people as possible there to celebrate with the team when they return home on Monday,” Cr Hill said.
The Cowboys celebration will kick off at 11.00am on the Strand with free kids’ entertainment, buskers and the 1RAR Band playing from noon.
An open topped double decker bus with all the North Queensland Cowboys players on board will travel along the Strand from approximately 12.30pm between the Rockpool and Strand Park.
“Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, the Cowboys are a champion team and we want to give the fans the opportunity to see and cheer the boys home,” Cr Hill said.
Cr Hill said there will be an official reception at Strand Park opposite Cowboys Island.
“It will be a great setting with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the moment,” she said.
Council is working in partnership with the Cowboys club to make the arrangements.
Cowboys CEO Greg Tonner said the team appreciates the belief and loyalty of their fans.
“The way the community has got behind us throughout this challenging season is overwhelming and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to express our thanks,” Mr Tonner said.
The Strand will be dressed up for the occasion, with restaurants open and a variety of food and drink vans available.
Everyone planning to come along is reminded to bring their hats, sunscreen and water.
Road closures will be in place along The Strand between Landsborough and Kennedy Streets from 9am to 2.30pm. Mitchell Street will also be closed between Stuart and Gregory Streets.