TIGERS owner Ian Chow says Lae can host more Digicel Cup matches if the Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) wants to move games from Port Moresby over the lockdown.
“Digicel Cup matches draw big crowds to the Lae Rugby League Ground,” he said.
“But due to the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League’s Covid-19 protocols, we’ve been restricting attendance so far this season.
“Having said that, Lae is free from the Covid-19.
“We still have more fans who are eager to attend matches but sometimes don’t gain entry.
“With the current situation in Port Moresby going under lockdown, I think Lae can host more games.
“If PNGNRLC decides to move games from Port Moresby then the Lae Rugby League Ground is available.”
But Chow said an advantage of playing Digicel Cup matches in Port Moresby was that it was convenient for TV Wan to broadcast the games to a wider audiences in the country and abroad.
“Games in Port Moresby are easy to broadcast on TV so it’s always good to host games there,” he said.
“It will market our competition to a wider audience.
“In terms of broadcasting matches, playing in Lae and other centre is not suitable.
“That’s the only downside otherwise Lae is a great location to host more matches.
“But I’m just a franchise owner, it’s a call that only PNGNRLC can make
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