Thousands of league fans set to flood city
IPSWICH is ready to welcome 8,000 fans to the Intrust Super Cup rugby league grand final.
The Jets are still in the race to make the season decider on Sunday, September 29 but if they don't make it Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the match would be promoted to the hilt so that the ground is packed out.
"This is the heartland of rugby league and we put 100 % into it," he said.
"The council gets involved, the business community gets involved and the community gets behind it. The ground at North Ipswich Reserve is one of the best in the country. It is like playing on carpet.
"I am hoping the Jets are in the grand final and we'll make sure every man and his dog will be there to get them over the line. If they don't, we'll have competitions in the community to see who they are going to barrack for."
Intrust Super CEO Brendan O'Farrell said the western corridor was a rugby league stronghold. "To have a grand final out there is a real coup for Ipswich," he added.
Mr O'Farrell said Ipswich and the Intrust Super Cup brand would be showcased to a large television audience on grand final day.
"Last year the telecast rated at around 110,000 to 120,000 so from a TV point of view you are getting a ground that is going to be packed out with loyal, rugby league loving supporters... so it should be a good atmosphere and great from an exposure point of view."
Jets chairman Steve Johnson said: "The QRL, in putting the grand final in Ipswich, is giving a real show of support to rugby league in regional Queensland and our own area".
"It is a recognition and reward for the work being done by the Ipswich Rugby League and the Ipswich City Council," he said.