Melbourne Storm setting up camp on the Sunshine Coast
NRL club Melbourne Storm will strengthen its connection to the Sunshine Coast by heading north for a four-day camp prior to their round 26 blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos.
Mayor Mark Jamieson today announced the Storm, sixth on the NRL ladder and heading for another finals series appearance, would be based at Sunshine Coast Stadium leading up to what should be a crucial clash with the ladder-leading Broncos.
The Storm will be on the Coast from August 30 to September 2 before heading to Brisbane for their Thursday night, September 3 meeting to finish the home-and-away rounds of the 2015 season.
As part of their stay, coach Craig Bellamy and champion fullback Billy Slater will be special guests at a lunchtime function, which will be open to the public, at Alex Surf Club on Tuesday, September 1.
Tickets will be available through Sunshine Coast Stadium and go on sale today.
Local rugby league fans will also get the chance to watch the Storm train at an open session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Monday, August 31. They will hit the field at 5pm with a meet and greet session at the conclusion.
"With their great array of stars, including Kangaroos and Maroons captain Cameron Smith and fellow Queensland Origin players Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers, the Storm are undoubtedly one of the most popular sporting teams on the Sunshine Coast," Mayor Jamieson said.
"We are delighted that they will be with us for four days, using the great facilities we have at Sunshine Coast Stadium and enjoying our very enviable late winter climate.
"The Storm already have forged close ties with our region thanks to their partnership with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and this camp will add substantially to that.
"This will be a unique opportunity for our league lovers to see an elite team just a week or so away from playing in the NRL finals series."