Rugby double-header reinforces reputation as key Australian events destination

Date published: 26 September 2021

Last night’s Rugby Championships double-header and city street party has reinforced Townsville’s reputation as a world-class events destination, Mayor Jenny Hill has declared.

“I didn’t think anything could top our hosting of State of Origin game 1 in June, but last night’s Rugby Championships double-header just might have,” Cr Hill said.

“With a sell-out crowd at our world-class Queensland Country Bank Stadium and our CBD filled with revellers for our City Street Eats Rugby Championship Edition, last night will go down in Townsville’s history as a night to remember.

“Importantly, last night’s games between four of the best rugby union teams in the world was broadcast across the globe, providing a platform to promote our city and region to the world.

“Rugby fans across Europe, Asia, Oceania and North and South America saw Townsville, North Queensland showcasing the best of what it has to offer and we hope it will entice them to consider the possibilities to live, work or visit once border restrictions are lifted.”

Cr Hill said the event also provided a boon for local tourism and hospitality providers.

“It’s been a tough 18 months as COVID restrictions have played havoc with our tourism sector,” Cr Hill said.

“However, the Townsville community’s commitment to stopping the spread of COVID-19 has allowed us to host a number of A-list events like State of Origin, Oceania 7s, Reds v Chiefs rugby, NRL finals double-header and Supercars double-header.

“These events, in addition to our award-winning NAFA, have provided a valuable boost for our business community.

“And now Townsville has proven itself and its ability to host these events, we can expect event promoters to keep our city in mind when they are planning future world class events.”