Glen Willow Stadium will be the official home of the Charity Shield in 2020 and 2021 after Mid-Western Regional Council today announced another two-year partnership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons.
Photo courtesy of Mudgee Guardian (Jay-Anna Mobbs)
The renewed partnership comes after hugely successful Charity Shield games at the Mudgee stadium in 2018 and 2019 that broke attendance records of more than 9,100.
Dates of the 37th and 38th annual Charity Shield will be announced later this year.
Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, Des Kennedy said he is delighted to welcome back the Rabbitohs and Dragons who have been strong advocates for rugby league in regional NSW.
“This is a major win for our region and proves Glen Willow is the best regional stadium in NSW if not the country, with the ability to successfully host televised NRL games,” Cr Kennedy said.
“We offer fans an up close and personal game day experience, where they can see and hear every knock on and tackle just metres away.
“The Rabbitohs and Dragons share a rich history and rivalry and I am excited our region will play a role in this prestigious Rugby League tradition.”Cr Kennedy
Rabbitohs CEO, Blake Solly, said the club is very excited to be extending the partnership with Mid-Western Regional Council and the St George Illawarra Dragons which will see the Charity Shield played in Mudgee for the next two years.
“Both Clubs have worked hard to build a connection with the people of Mudgee and more broadly the Central West of NSW, and the events we’ve been able to deliver over the past two years at Glen Willow Stadium have been first class,”Blake Solly Rabbitohs CEO
“The town has really embraced both teams, the Mid-Western Regional Council and Mayor Des Kennedy have been fantastic to work alongside to deliver these events, and we’re all looking forward to getting back out to Mudgee in the 2020 pre-season for the 37th Charity Shield.”
St George Illawarra Chief Executive, Brian Johnston said he was pleased the Dragons could continue making positive strides on and off the field in the Central West of New South Wales.
"We are delighted to have been able to reach an agreement with Mid-Western Regional Council and South Sydney to see the Charity Shield remain in Mudgee for a further two seasons,” Mr Johnston said.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase NRL in the Central West and engage with the local community.
"I would like to thank Des Kennedy and his team for the opportunity to continue our association, both teams enjoy great support throughout the region and we look forward to returning next year."
Ticketing details for the 2020 Charity Shield will be announced later this year.