The Dolphins NRL Bid has a diversified business that matches any – and exceeds most – clubs in the NRL.
DOLPHINS "NRL READY"
The Dolphins football club have a 73-year history in grass roots rugby league and the Brisbane community after being founded in 1947. They played in the Brisbane RL competition from 1960, joining the Qld Cup when it started in 1996. To date they are the most successful Qld Cup club appearing in 11 Grand Finals and winning six premierships. The Dolphins bid is based on passion and desire to see the most successful QRL club and brand once again competing at the highest level of Rugby League competition available. This desire is backed up with over 70 years of success and an operating business that is already set up to be sustainable and provide the NRL commission with comfort and optimism that the Dolphins will be able to compete with current NRL teams.
The Dolphins NRL Bid has a diversified business that matches any – and exceeds most – clubs in the NRL. The business turns over in excess of $30 million annually from the following revenue-generating assets owned by the Dolphins:
- Dolphins Leagues Club with over 40,000 members
- Dolphins Central Shopping Centre (anchor tenant Coles Supermarket)
- Dolphins Leisure Centre with gymnasium and pool
- Leased Office Space
- The newly-completed Dolphin Stadium
These assets are valued in excess of $100 million and are situated on an 11-hectare site owned by the Dolphins – eliminating most of the start-up costs any genuine NRL Bid would face.
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND FOOTPRINT
STADIUM/HOME GROUND PLANS
Dolphin Stadium’s new northern grandstand cost $6.5 million to build and completes the seating bowl of a true ‘boutique’ stadium.
The stadium now has over 10,000 seats with room for an additional 1500 ‘standing room only’ patrons that bring the capacity to 11,500.
To be clear, the Dolphins NRL Bid envisages – and has held preliminary discussions with – Suncorp Stadium as the potential main home ground as Brisbane’s true second team.
The Dolphins will investigate options to play some games at Dolphin Stadium and also consider other alternatives such as the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
STAFFING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The Dolphins NRL Bid already owns the key elements in place to start an NRL franchise immediately;
- Training base
- Gymnasium and pool facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities and meeting rooms
- Office space for administration
These elements already combine to offer a better comparative set up than many NRL clubs.
In addition, the Dolphins NRL Bid has already engaged the services of former Broncos’ Chief Commercial Officer, Terry Reader, to build strategy and a business plan around the bid. Over a 15-year stint with the Broncos, Reader led the clubs’ brand and commercial operations to help build the Broncos into one of the most supported teams in Australian club sport and the financial benchmark of the NRL.
SOUTH-EAST QLD GROWTH AND THE NRL
Between now and 2027 it is predicted Brisbane’s population will increase 400,000 to a total of 2.85 million. Queensland is already home to 1.6 million rugby league fans, and has the second-highest concentration of supporters in Australia, yet only has one NRL team. Sydney, in comparison, is home to nine teams. It is simple facts that have drawn NRL Commission Chairman Peter V’landys to publicly declare Brisbane as the home of the NRL’s next expansion team.
The Dolphins bid is based on passion and desire to see the most successful QRL club and brand once again competing at the highest level of Rugby League competition available. This desire is backed up with over 70 years of success and an operating business that is already set up to be sustainable and provide the NRL commission with comfort and optimism that the Dolphins will be able to compete with current NRL teams and capitalise on SEQ’s love of Rugby League to grow the Dolphins on and off the field.
Redcliffe Players that have played and went on to play NRL/NSWRL:
Kevin Yow Yeh , Henry Holloway. Ray Higgs, David Shillington, Craig Frawley, Arthur Beetson, Ron Carige. Tony Currie, Dane Gagai, Luke Capewell, Bob Jones, Brian Winney, Wade Fenton, Aaron Whitchurch, Clinton O'Brien, Dave Moffett, Bob Cameron, Chris Essex, Stewart Mills, Daly Cherry-Evans, Greg Oliphant, Ron Raper, Dave Warry, Jonus Pearson, Corey Horsburgh, Wally Fullerton-Smith, Michael Raper, Dane Campbell, Benji Marshall, Dane Carlaw, Chris Close, Chris Mason, James Stosic, Jake Turpin, Josh Kerr, Trevor Benson, Chris Wellman, Cameron Cullen, Kotoni Staggs, Matt Gillett, Richie Poulsen, John Barber, Darren Nicholls, Cory Paix, Jack Reed, Cam Cherry, Darryl Pierce, Izaia Perese, Joel Romelo, Bryan Niebling, Mick Waller, Rhys Kennedy, Dave Trewhella, John Chapman, Xavier Coates, Brad Tessman, John Abbot, Greg Conescu, Mark Wright, Robin Thorne, Steve Edmonds, Robert Tew, Mitch Brennan, John Richards, Paul Khan, Jim Cowell, John Ribot, Dave Gallagher, Dave Brown, Brett Rolls, Graham Foster, Rohan Teevan, Jason McGrady, Jeff Doyle, Shawn Rubesaame, Ashley Tupaea, James Hinchey, Bob Conway, Tamie Tagaloa, Ian Graham, Cameron Lewis, Danny Russell, Leigh Groves, Mark Protheroe, Craig O'Dwyer, Adam Starr, Luke Scott, Grant Adamson, Glen Air, Brad Pike, Robert Campbell, Danny Nutley, Jason Webber, Paul Woodward, Brian Jellick, Ricky McGrady, Shane Perry, Petero Civoniceva, Barry Berrigan, Ben Roedder, Nathan Sologinkin, Brian Doyle, Greg Bourke, Mark Shipway, Jamie Russo, Aaron Moule, Marty Turner, Aaron Douglas, Nathan Tutt, Adam Mogg, Nick Kenny, George Wilson, Derrick Watkins, Deon Bird, Kris Kahler, Trent Leis, Greg Byrnes, Michael Roberts, Willie Raston, Trent Clayton, Nick Slyney, Michael Crocker, Isaak Ah Mau, Brent Tate, Denan Kemp, Sam Obst, Jake Marketo, John Olzard, Jon Green, Phil Graham, Shane Pumipi, Dale Newton, Anthony Cherrington, Shane Tronc, Sam Anderson, David Stagg, Tyson Andrews, Dustin Cooper, Mosese Pangai, Ben Jones, Jeremy Hawkins, Gavin Cooper, Jayden Nikorima, Liam Georgetown, Asipeli Fine, Nick Emmett, Mark Christensen, Alwyn Simpson, Palmer Wapau, Josh Hoffman, Mitch Rivett, Michael Spence, David Hala, Justin Hunt, Tom Opacic, Matt Lodge, Tyson Gamble, Jamil Hopoate, Toby Rudolf
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