Cronulla Sharks grand finale at treasured Coffs Harbour hunting ground

Published on 05 July 2024


Tonight marks the culmination of a successful four-year partnership between City of Coffs Harbour and National Rugby League (NRL) high flyers Cronulla Sharks. 

The Sharks have staged regular season games at the City’s C.ex Coffs Harbour International Stadium for the past three years – winning all three. 

The stadium is once again a sellout as the team from the Shire – currently sitting third on the table – looks to maintain its perfect record against the Gold Coast Titans. 

City of Coffs Harbour Acting City Planning and Communities Director Ian Fitzgibbon said the Sharks investment in community events had boosted the club’s fanbase and inspired local youngsters. 

“They have created such goodwill right across Coffs Harbour,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. 

“It’s been a joy to host them at our world class regional stadium.” 

Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta said he was gobsmacked to see welcome signage for the club spread across the City. 

“It’s (Coffs) truly a home away from home,” Mr Mezzatesta said. 

“The way we are embraced, the way we are welcomed here, is fantastic.” 

The Sharks already have exacting on-the-road ambitions for the 2025 season. 

They have put their hand up for the opening round in Las Vegas, while Magic Round sees all matches played in Brisbane. 

Add to that, the redevelopment of their home facility PointsBet Stadium is expected to come online early in the season. 

“It’s been a wonderful relationship between the City and the Sharks over the four-year period and the players have left their mark on the hearts and minds of the community,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. 

The C.ex Coffs Harbour International Stadium is a destination venue of choice for major national sports franchises, hosting the Big Bash cricket league’s Sydney Sixers, AFL’s Sydney Swans and of course the Cronulla Sharks. 

“We have a storied history of bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment to our stadium, and that success story will continue as we explore opportunities,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. 


Photo: Cronulla Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta and City of Coffs Harbour Acting City Planning and Communities Director Ian Fitzgibbon.