History will be made when Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium hosts the NRL grand final on Sunday, October 3.
For the first time, the premiership decider will be held outside of Sydney with the NRL announcing this year's match would be played in the Queensland capital due to the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW.
All matches in the Telstra Premiership finals series will be played in Queensland venues after the competition relocated to the Sunshine State in July due to the COVID-19 outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.
Mackay will join this weekend's hosting cities Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Rockhampton in staging playoff matches.
The Australian Rugby League Commission has reached agreement with the Queensland Government to host the remainder of the finals after the NSW Government confirmed it would not be able to host the grand final or remaining matches because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys thanked the NSW and Queensland governments for their support.
“I’d like to acknowledge the New South Wales Government, in particular Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres for working collaboratively with us to reach an outcome that ensures the health and safety of NSW residents and allows the NRL to showcase the Grand Final live to rugby league fans.
"This has been a long and enduring partnership and one that will continue into the future,’’ he said.
“I’d also like to acknowledge Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young for their support in ensuring the continuity of our competition which provides an escapism to so many fans dealing with lockdowns, but also injects a significant amount of money in to the Queensland economy.
“The Queensland Premier is a warrior for the people of Queensland and just keeps delivering for them.”
The finals series kicks off on Friday with two elimination finals and two qualifying finals spread out over three days before the semi-finals and preliminary finals over successive weekends leading up to the premiership decider.