The National Rugby League (NRL) today rescheduled the second Preliminary Final which the Melbourne Storm have qualified for from 7.50pm to 4pm on Saturday 25 September.
The decision was made based on a unique opportunity to create a more fan friendly schedule.
“Rugby League is about the fans, who have made it clear across the weekend that they are disappointed about having to choose between the Preliminary Final and the AFL Grand Final which is scheduled to play at a similar time,’’ NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.
“We pride ourselves on being agile and listening to our fans. It’s clear that a small change to the schedule provides the best outcome for our fans in Melbourne who have been incredibly loyal throughout the pandemic.”
Mr Abdo said a daytime Preliminary Final was also a positive outcome for fans in Brisbane.
“This year has been unique and an afternoon Preliminary Final is also an opportunity to provide a more appealing timeslot for younger families in southeast Queensland.”
“I would like to thank our broadcast partners for working with us to achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of our fans.”
Storm CEO Justin Rodski said the fixture change was a great result for sports fans in Melbourne and Victoria.
“We appreciate the flexibility of the NRL and broadcasters in giving our fans the chance to watch Storm live on Nine or Fox, particularly for those who have missed out seeing our team play at AAMI Park over the last two seasons," he said.
“I’d like to thank Andrew Abdo and his team for being agile and listening to the fans who are critical to future of our game in Victoria and across the country.
“Scheduling is never easy, and we appreciate there are a lot of variables that need to be taken into account. The change in timing now gives more fans the opportunity to watch and get to the game.”