I wonder how the football club will react to this?? Can we survive and compete long term? STRUGGLING NRL clubs have been dealt a severe blow by the State Government today with the release of a stadium strategy that rules out upgrades of traditional old suburban grounds. STRUGGLING NRL clubs have been dealt a severe blow by the State Government today with the release of a stadium strategy that rules out upgrades of traditional old suburban grounds. Instead Sports Minister Graham Annesley has announced money will be spent to upgrade facilities at Sydneyâ€™s major stadiums and government-run venues like Hunter Stadium and Parramatta Stadium. The government is adopting a similar policy to their Victorian counterparts to enable the state to compete with Melbourne for major events. Melbourne based AFL clubs gave up their home grounds years ago to use the MCG or Etihad Stadium. The A-League and the NRL use AAMI. Hopes of upgrading Brookvale Oval, Leichhardt Oval, Penrith or Cronulla â€“ the venues most in need of a cash injection â€“ have been dashed. "Thereâ€™s no point spending money on having seven or eight 30,000-seat stadiums across the suburbs," said a government source. Rather than rebuild the suburban venues, the government is more open to plans to put a roof over ANZ Stadium or Allianz Stadium. ANZ Stadium comes back under the control of the government in 2032 when the current lease expires. Manly, in particular, have been lobbying the state and federal governments for years to fund an upgrade of Brookvale Oval. The government will also announce an agreement with the Parramatta Eels to play another five seasons at Parramatta Stadium. Annesley will meet with the NRL clubs, other codes, and stadium officials today to reveal the strategy.