The Canberra Raiders want to bring the blockbusters back to Canberra Stadium.
After two COVID-affected seasons have denied fans the chance to see their heroes in the flesh, the Green Machine has spoken to the NRL about rewarding them with some big games in 2022.
Canberra relocated to the Gold Coast for the final two months of this season, denying them big home games against Manly, St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters.
In 2019, they were forced to play home games in front of empty stands at Campbelltown.
Now they're hoping to bring the greatest game of all back to Canberra.
Along with the usual requests of day games during the cold winter months, Raiders chief executive Don Furner was also pushing for more blockbusters.
Games against the likes of the Sea Eagles, Parramatta and the Dragons were on the wishlist.
The NRL's set to release the 2022 draw towards the end of October or in early November.
"We've missed out on a fair bit over the past two years. We're working with the ACT government and pushing for some blockbuster games that we missed out on," Furner told The Canberra Times.
"We had some pretty good games at the end of this year, through no fault of anybody, but we had some good-drawing crowds - Manly and the St Georges - that we had to take away, plus we played in Campbelltown the year before.
"Day games in winter would be great and getting some blockbuster teams here would be good too - for the stadium and for us.
"I spoke to the ACT government about that last week - that we are pushing the NRL for some type of make-up of those games that we missed."
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As the ACT comes out of lockdown and restrictions ease, Furner hoped they could provide a spark for all Canberrans next year.
Big games were not only good for the fans, but the Raiders' bank balance, the ACT government and all the caterers and people that work at the stadium as well.
"We're just looking to try and resurrect some of the losses that we got from those blockbuster games," Furner said.
"And so did the stadium and the government, the caterers and all that sort of stuff.
"We've had two good conversations with the NRL about it and put our case forward."
The Raiders' new strength-and-conditioning staff will come in for the first time next week, with head of high performance Jeremy Hickmans coming on board.
Hickmans replaced Nigel Ashley-Jones, who joined a Welsh rugby club towards the end of the season.
He'll be looking to return the Green Machine to the top eight after missing out this year.
As restrictions continue to ease, the Raiders' office staff will slowly start to return to the office over the coming weeks.