Delays in the planned construction of permanent lighting for Oki Jubilee Stadium has forced the Dragons to change their home venue for the Round 10 clash against the Panthers.
The NRL last week advised of their schedule for Round 10, with the Dragons v Panthers clash to be the opening game of the Round on Friday, May 13.
The Dragons had planned for this to be the first home-game at Oki Jubilee Stadium for the season, however the Oki Jubilee Steering Committee, overseeing the re-development works at Kogarah, advised the Dragons the lighting upgrade would not be complete by this time.
With this decision and information the Dragons decided to switch the home venue for Round 10 to WIN Stadium in Wollongong and return the Round 14 match against the Cowboys (June 10-12) to Oki Jubilee Stadium.
�The situation is unfortunate and we explored several options to try and overcome it,� said Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust.
�We sought to have the game scheduled for Sunday afternoon on Channel 9 but this was not possible,� said Doust. �We explored the possibility of bringing in temporary lighting, but we were unable to source lighting of broadcast quality for the television game.
�In keeping with our commitment to our key communities in Kogarah and Wollongong we chose not to consider an alternative venue in Sydney�.
The Cowboys clash in Round 14 will now be the Dragons first home-game at Oki Jubilee Stadium followed by the Tigers (Rnd 16), Sharks (Rnd 20), Eels (Rnd 24) and Knights (Rnd 26).