Cronulla chief executive Dino Mezzatesta said the club would be “bitterly disappointed” if they were forced to play their home finals anywhere other than Shark Park.
“Why should we be disadvantaged over everyone else who gets a home semi-final?” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
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“That’s why you work so hard all year, to be in a position for a home final.”
The NRL’s preference would be to have the Sharks play their home finals at the new $800 million stadium in Moore Park, given the Shire ground’s temporary capacity restriction and comparatively poor facilities.
The stadium is currently operating with a capacity of just 12,000 fans while the adjacent leagues club is rebuilt. The ground also doesn’t have a second set of changerooms to host a potential NRLW clash.
“Penrith will play at BlueBet Stadium, and if the Cowboys come second they’ll play in Townsville. I understand that. But if Penrith get to play at BlueBet Stadium, why shouldn’t we be afforded the privilege of playing at PointsBet Stadium?” Mezzatesta said.
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“The government gives out money for centres of excellence, while this one still sits in the balance. It would be unfair for our club to be given a disadvantage if it’s on the back of facilities.”
With the Panthers having secured the minor premiership last weekend, the Sharks are locked in a battle with the Cowboys to secure second, and the right to a home final.
They host the Bulldogs in round 24, before travelling to the Hunter to take on Newcastle in the final round.
The Cowboys meanwhile have two tough matches. They take on the in-form Rabbitohs at Accor Stadium this weekend, before hosting the Panthers to close out the home and away season.
The two teams are currently even on points but the Cowboys lead the for-and-against by 81.
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