The National Rugby League (NRL) has today announced the cancellation of Magic Round Brisbane 2020.
The decision to cancel the May event follows the announcement earlier this week that the NRL Telstra Premiership would be suspended due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
With the health situation continuing to worsen and advice from government health officials and biosecurity experts that the current lock-down measures including travel restrictions to Queensland, and restrictions on mass gatherings are to continue for an extended period, the NRL said it had no option but to cancel Magic Round Brisbane in 2020.
NRL Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Abdo said while this year’s event was cancelled, it would return in 2021.
“These are challenging times for our community and our game, but we had to take this action as there was simply no other option,” Mr Abdo said.
“We have always said we would continue but only as long as it was safe to do so for our players, staff and the wider Rugby League community. We appreciate this will be disappointing for many people, but the NRL can assure fans that Magic Round Brisbane will return in 2021, bigger and better than ever.”
Mr Abdo thanked all Magic Round Brisbane partners for their support.
“In particular, I would like to extend my thanks to Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, and our presenting partner KFC for their support and understanding,” Mr Abdo said.
Fans who have already purchased tickets or hospitality packages will be contacted directly by the NRL or Ticketek within the next week regarding how to obtain refunds.
For all other purchases relating to the event (e.g. airfares, accommodation, car hire) it is the individual ticket holder’s responsibility to obtain refunds or credits as made available by these providers. Ticket holders are advised to contact these providers directly.