Rockhampton creates NRL history again

Published on 06 September 2021

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The Rockhampton region will play host to a National Rugby League (NRL) Telstra Premiership semi-final match on Sunday, 12 September 2021 between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights.

The game will be played at Rockhampton’s Browne Park Stadium, with tickets to go on sale at 1pm on Monday, 6 September 2021.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said it’s great to host another NRL premiership match in Rockhampton, following the success of the two NRL matches played in region last month.

“The Rockhampton region has once again been chosen as the destination of choice to host another NRL premiership match,” Mayor Williams said.

“This time around it will be a semi-final match, providing an incredible opportunity for our region to host two high-profile teams fighting it out to make the NRL premiership final.”  

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager Greg Bowden said hosting an NRL semi-final premiership match in the Rockhampton region will bring huge economic benefit to the region with exposure across the nation putting Rocky on the radar.

“Semi-final matches are the second biggest games in the overall NRL premiership, and hosting one in Rockhampton will mean fans from all over Queensland will want to witness who makes it into the final rounds,” Mr Bowden said.

“Thousands of Queenslanders secured tickets to the matches held in Rockhampton last month, with over 11% of ticket holders coming from out of region.

“We expect this number to grow for the semi-final match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights, with ticket holders’ spending money on our region’s accommodation, hospitality and retail businesses.”

Queensland Rugby League Central Region Manager Rob Crow said Browne Park Stadium has shown it can host high-profile NRL premiership matches and is ready to host a semi-final game.

“Last month Browne Park hosted a sell-out match between the Dragons and Cowboys, with thousands of spectators enjoying the footy,” Mr Crow said.

“Our stadium is ready to host another match, and we’re excited to see Browne Park come to life again next Sunday with two high-profile NRL teams playing for their chance to be in the NRL final.” 

Gates will open at 12pm with pre-game entertainment starting at 1pm, and the semi-final match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights to start at 4pm.

Tickets for the semi-final match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights can be purchased by visiting

There will be a limited number of Early Bird General Admission tickets priced at $25. After that, General Admission tickets available will be $33 for children and $55 for adults. Allocated tickets start at $125 per person.

For more information and event updates, follow the Rockhampton Regional Council Facebook event titled ‘2021 NRL Premiership Semi Final Eels Vs Knights’.

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