Campbelltown sports stadium the ideal venue for NRL games says Mayor and MP

Greg Warren MP and Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic.
Greg Warren MP and Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic.

Campbelltown MP and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Greg Warren, hopes the decision to play a plethora of NRL games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium will continue once the ban on crowds in venues is lifted.

The NRL is reportedly set to use Campbelltown Sports Stadium to host fixtures for a number of clubs - including Wests Tigers, St George Dragons, Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders - while matches continue to be played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

While the stands and hills will remain empty, Mr Warren said it was a great opportunity for Campbelltown to showcase its premier sporting venue to the nation and the rest of the world.

The stadium plays host to several Wests Tigers home games each year, however that number has reduced over the past 20 years.

The A-League's newest side, Macarthur Bulls FC, will also call the ground home when it enters the competition next season.

"Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur region are growing at a rapid rate and to be brutally honest, three or four NRL games each year at the venue doesn't cut the mustard," Mr Warren said.

"We want more games and we deserve more games.

"Playing more games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium over the coming weeks and months - even if they are behind closed doors - will hopefully open the eyes of NRL heavyweights and show them why the venue deserves to host more games each year.

"If they think the stadium is great when no one is there, wait until you have 20,000-odd screaming fans filling the stands.

"Everyone knows there isn't much that beats footy in the burbs.

"I hope once things return to normal and crowds are allowed back into venues, that Campbelltown Sports Stadium will continue to host more than a handful of NRL games each year.

"The A-League has recognised the potential of the stadium and its local supporters - let's hope the NRL does to."