Melbourne Storm will open the 2016 season with back-to-back home matches at AAMI Park against the Dragons and Titans.
With the complete draw for the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season released on Friday, Storm members and fans can begin planning their 2016 with the opening 20 rounds set in stone.
CEO Dave Donaghy today welcomed the release of the draw for the 2016 season, saying:
“It’s a great start to the year with two games at AAMI Park, it’s always nice to be at home,” Donaghy said.
Highlights of Storm’s 2016 draw include:
- A Monday night season-opener against St. George Illawarra at AAMI Park.
- The return of the Warriors for Storm’s traditional ANZAC Day blockbuster in Round 8.
- A home fixture against Premiers North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium as part of a historic double header in Round 10.
- Back to back home matches to finish 2016 against the Broncos and Sharks in Round 25 and Round 26.
Melbourne will also enjoy a number of marquee fixtures again in 2016, including the return of Storm’s traditional ANZAC Day blockbuster against the Warriors at AAMI Park.
The Club will also take part in a historic double header to be played at Suncorp Stadium in Round 10, hosting the Cowboys in Brisbane before the Sea Eagles face the Broncos on the same night.
“We’ve been talking to the NRL about hosting the Warriors again on ANZAC Day at AAMI Park for quite some time now,” Donaghy said.
“It’s a marquee fixture for us and it’s terrific for our members and fans that it will return in 2016.
“It’s also terrific to see the double header come to life. Storm has strong ties to Queensland, in building this event, we recognised the wider opportunity and focused on delivering some of the best teams in the NRL.”
Craig Bellamy’s side will visit Sydney, Townsville, Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Auckland to provide the Club’s loyal supporter bases in those areas a chance to see their side in the flesh.
The bye weekends arrive in Rounds 12 and 18, coinciding with the first an third matches of State of Origin.
Melbourne will play five Monday night matches and five Sunday afternoon matches in the opening 20 rounds of the season.
The remaining schedule for Rounds 21 to 26 will be announced by the NRL later in the season.
2016 Storm Draw
Round 1 - Storm v Dragons, AAMI Park - Monday 7 March, 7pm
Round 2 - Storm v Titans, AAMI Park - Sunday 13 March, 6:30pm
Round 3 - Warriors v Storm, Mt Smart Stadium - Sunday 20 March, 4pm
Round 4 - Sharks v Storm, Shark Park - Monday 28 March, 7pm
Round 5 - Storm v Knights, AAMI Park - Saturday 2 April, 3pm
Round 6 - Storm v Bulldogs, AAMI Park - Monday 11 April, 7pm
Round 7 - Tigers v Storm, Leichhardt Oval - Sunday 17 April, 4pm
Round 8 - Storm v Warriors, AAMI Park - Monday 25 April, 7pm
Round 9 - Titans v Storm, Cbus Super Stadium - Sunday 1 May, 2pm
Round 10 - Storm v Cowboys, Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 14 May, 5:30pm
Round 11 - Eels v Storm, Pirtek Stadium, Monday 23 May, 7pm
Round 13 - Storm v Panthers, AAMI Park, Saturday 4 June, 7:30pm
Round 14 - Roosters v Storm, Allianz Stadium, Saturday 11 June, 7:30pm
Round 15 - Dragons v Storm, WIN Stadium, Saturday 18 June, 7:30pm
Round 16 - Storm v Tigers, AAMI Park, Sunday 26 June, 4pm
Round 17 - Broncos v Storm, Suncorp Stadium, Friday 1 July, 7:50pm
Round 19 - Knights Storm, Hunter Stadium, Sunday 17 July, 2pm
Round 20 - Storm v Roosters, AAMI Park, Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm
Round 21 - Cowboys v Storm, 1300SMILES Stadium - TBA
Round 22 - Storm v Rabbitohs, AAMI Park - TBA
Round 23 - Raiders v Storm, GIO Stadium - TBA
Round 24 - Sea Eagles v Storm, Brookvale Oval - TBA
Round 25 - Storm v Broncos, AAMI Park - TBA
Round 26 - Storm v Sharks, AAMI Park - TBA