Vodafone Warriors fans have today been handed a long-awaited and much-needed boost with the prospect of a return to Mount Smart Stadium for five home games in the 2022 NRL season.
In revealing the draw the NRL has marked down June 18 in round 15 for the first Mount Smart game day in 1023 days since the Vodafone Warriors last played there against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on August 30, 2019.
It’s not going to be a regulation game either but a Saturday night blockbuster against the best in the business this year when defending premiers the Penrith Panthers come to town.
Also heading to Auckland in the later part of the season will be the NRL’s benchmark club the Melbourne Storm in round 20 as well as the Wests Tigers (round 16), the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (round 22) and the Gold Coast Titans (round 25).
St George Illawarra will be the Vodafone Warriors’ opening round opponent for the first time in the club’s history when they kick off their season with a home clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, March 12.
And for the second season running they’ll finish the regular season against the Titans.
The Vodafone Warriors are scheduled to play five of their home games at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium – the club’s base for 2022 – with one each at Sunshine Coast Stadium and Suncorp Stadium (South Sydney in Magic Round) plus five at Mount Smart Stadium.
VODAFONE WARRIORS | 2022 NRL DRAW
(NB: Local kick-off times listed)
1 Sat March 12 4.30pm v Dragons, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokina
2 Sat March 19 2.00pm v Titans, Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
3 Fri March 25 6.00pm v Wests Tigers, Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown
4 Sat April 2 2.00pm v Broncos, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
5 Fri April 8 6.00pm v Cowboys, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
6 Sun April 17 2.00pm v Roosters, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
7 Mon April 25 7.00pm v Storm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
8 Sat April 30 3.00pm v Raiders, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
9 Sun May 8 4.05pm v Sharks, PointsBet Stadium, Cronulla
10 Sat May 14 3.00pm v Rabbitohs, Suncorp Stadium (Magic Round)
11 Sat May 21 3.00pm v Dragons, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
12 Sat May 28 3.00pm v Knights, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
13 Sat June 4 7.35pm v Sea Eagles, 4 Pines Park, Manly
Wed June 8 New South Wales v Queensland, Stadium Australia, Sydney
14 Sun June 12 6.15pm v Sharks, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
15 Sat June 18 7.30pm v Panthers, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Sun June 26 Queensland v New South Wales, Optus Stadium, Perth
16 Sun July 3 4.00pm v Wests Tigers, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Wed July 13 Queensland v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
18 Fri July 15 7.55pm v Eels, Commonwealth Bank Stadium, Parramatta
19 Sat July 23 3.00pm v Raiders, GIO Stadium, Canberra
20 Fri July 29 8.00pm v Storm, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
21 Sat August 6 3.00pm v Rabbitohs, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokina
22 Fri August 12 8.00pm v Bulldogs, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
23 Fri August 19 6.00pm v Cowboys, QCB Stadium, Townsville
24 Fri August 26 6.00pm v Panthers, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
25 Sat Sept 3 5.00pm v Titans, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland