The NRL and Canterbury United are in talks about a massive new stadium project in New Zealand, and that could change the landscape of rugby league in New York.
The Titans, with plans to build a $1.8 billion new stadium in the Catskills, are seeking permission from Auckland Council to build the $1 billion facility on land near the old Auckland Rugby Football Union Stadium.
The Auckland Council says the proposed stadium will be an “integrated sports and entertainment complex”, but there’s little clarity on exactly what that means.
The NRL has said the project will be a mixed-use development with more than 30,000 square metres of office, retail, commercial and hospitality space, with “a unique capacity” of more than 2,500.
The New York Times reported that the Titans are hoping to spend $150 million in a bid to secure a “first-tier” tenant.
That would make it the second-largest sporting facility in New England, behind the New York Giants’ $1-billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
But the Titans have yet to secure an initial tenant for the stadium.
The Giants, who will move to a new stadium across the river from New York City next year, will move into their new home in 2020, with the Titans moving in 2024.
The Times report says the Titans and New York Rangers are interested in the site, but it remains unclear if they are the only potential tenants.
The Saints are also reportedly interested in buying the land and the Titans, but their stadium proposal would need to win council approval to proceed.
The Kiwis and Tigers have also said they want to build their own stadium in New Hampshire, but there is no guarantee that their plans will be able to be approved.
While the Titans’ stadium project is still in the early stages, Canterbury are in negotiations with developers to redevelop the city’s old stadium into a stadium.