Bulldogs to host game in WA
Friday 25 October 2013 12:00 PM
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Chief Executive Raelene Castle has today travelled to Perth to announce that the Club will host a ‘home’ game at nib Stadium in 2014.
Details of the round and opponent will be confirmed with the official release of the NRL draw.
“Recent experiences show that there’s a strong appetite for our game in the west and the Bulldogs are very keen to do what we can to continue to grow the game of Rugby League in Perth,” Ms Castle said.
“The fixture at nib Stadium also presents an opportunity to build on the dedicated Bulldogs Membership base that currently exists in Western Australia.
“We’ve hit some record numbers since launching our 2014 membership campaign last week and we anticipate this Perth game will help us hit our target of 20,000 members for next year.”
The Bulldogs have unveiled details of a special WA Membership deal *(further information below) to coincide with today’s announcement.
Ken Dwyer has been a Perth based Bulldogs Member for the past three years and is already rallying family members to attend the game.
“I’ve been a Bulldogs supporter since the Club sent some old jerseys for my Victoria Park team to wear in our Grand Final game many years ago,” Dwyer said.
“I’ll be rounding up 20-30 family members to get along, I can’t wait to see the Bulldogs in action over here.”
NRL CEO Dave Smith said that he’s been happy to work with the Bulldogs to see another game scheduled in Perth.
“The passion for the game in Western Australia extends from the grass roots participation to the record crowd at nib Stadium for a game last year.
“There is a real appetite for Rugby League in Perth and I’m delighted to see the Bulldogs taking a game there next year.
“As support for the game grows we are seeing matches played across a national stage and Perth is a key destination.”
CEO of the Western Australian Rugby League, John Sackson believes this is a great coup for the city.
“On behalf of all sports fans and Rugby League stakeholders in WA, I would like to thank the Bulldogs, the NRL and nib Stadium Management for working so cooperatively together to ensure that West Australians get another opportunity in season 2014 to see Rugby League played at its spectacular best,” Sackson said.
”This additional Bulldogs fixture will complement the annual Rabbitoh’s game, will build on the wonderful vision & commitment of the South Sydney club in Perth over the past five years and will contribute significantly to the continuing growth of the code in our state.”
nib Stadium CEO Peter Bauchop agrees with Sackson.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Canterbury Bulldogs to WA and make nib Stadium their home for a NRL fixture in 2014,” Bauchop said.
“nib Stadium has been working closely with the NRL, the Bulldogs and West Australian Rugby League to see this great announcement come to fruition and are incredibly proud to now be the WA home of both the great South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs, two of the NRL’s finest clubs.”
*WA Memberships include all Member benefits and a Category 1 ticket for nib Stadium. Prices start from $65 for Adults and $170 for a family.