Mackey Arena will not reopen until 2019, as the NRL’s governing body has confirmed the venue will be closed indefinitely.
The NRL’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the postponement of Mackey’s return to play at the ground until at least the second half of 2018.
Mackey Arena has been the subject of major renovations since the NRL announced it was planning to demolish the stadium and redevelop the site, with plans to build a community complex to host events and entertainment.
Mackeys new owners, who have not been named, have not confirmed plans to rebuild the venue.
The NRL announced the postponing of Mackeys return to action on Friday, which means it will be open only for a small portion of its scheduled season.
“The Board of Governors unanimously recommended that Mackey Stadium be postponed until the second-half of 2018,” the NRL said in a statement on Saturday.
“This means that the NRL will remain open until the completion of this important redevelopment of the site in the autumn of 2019.”
The NRL confirmed Mackeys home games at Mackey will be played on the new stadium site, which will also house the NRL NSW Cup, the NAB AFL Women’s Cup and the NRL Queensland Cup.
The Sydney Roosters will host the Sydney Rooster-Roosters at Mackeys main stand, while the Melbourne Storm will play the Brisbane Broncos at MacKey Stadium on the old site.
“While the NRL has been informed that the venue is not likely to reopen until at the end of the 2019 season, the NRL Board of Trustees will not be commenting on any of this at this stage,” the statement read.
“At the end the 2019 NRL season the NRL is also considering the future of MacKey and the development of a community facility.”
Mackey will continue to operate for the foreseeable future as a venue for football, and the Club will continue its work on its redevelopment of Mackems site.
“Mackeys home matches at Mackemys will be held at the new facility.
Topics:nrl,nrl-club-league,nsw,ball-league-super-leagueFirst posted September 23, 2019 12:01:34More stories from New South Wales