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Gold Coast Titans
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- The Gold Coast Titans are the 16th and newest team in the Australia's National Rugby League competition, commencing their season on March 18, 2007, at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium. As their name states, they are based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, and are the second major rugby league team to be based there, the first being the ill-fated Gold Coast Giants/Seagulls/Chargers, which existed from 1988 to 1998.
Although they were accepted into the National Rugby League, they were without a name after they dropped "Dolphins" to avoid legal action from the Redcliffe Dolphins. The consortium aligned themselves with Gold Coast Radio Stadium Sea FM, and set up a competition in which listeners could submit possible names for the new team. This was shortlisted into ten names, which through online voting on www.goldcoastrugbyleague.com.au was shortened to three: Titans, Stingers and Pirates. Online voting continued, this time on the more-frequented NRL.com, with team being branded as the Gold Coast Titans on 21 September, 2005.
After the team name was chosen, fans were given six jerseys to vote for on the club's website www.titans.com.au, with option 6 ultimately being successful.
For their first season in the National Rugby League, the Titans will be playing out of Carrara Stadium on Nerang-Broadbeach Road, until construction of the 25,000-seat Robina Stadium, now known as Skilled Park through sponsorship, is completed in time for 2008. Carrara Stadium was cited as one of the main reasons the Gold Coast bid were rejected in their first attempt to rejoin the NRL as Carrara only seated around 16,000, and was an oval.
Work on the new stadium commenced at the end of 2005, and the facility will be ready for play by the start of the 2008 NRL season. The project being managed by the same company behind the construction of Suncorp Stadium and the re-development of the Gabba, two of Queenslands most famous stadiums. The new stadium will have a capacity of up to 25,000 people.
The Gold Coast Titans officially became the “Jetstar Gold Coast Titans”, on the 20th September 2006, with the announcement of a five year multi million dollar naming rights sponsorship with Qantas owned Jetstar Airways.
James Frizelle's Automotive Group & Audi Centre Gold Coast signed on as the first major sponsorship partner for the franchise, a deal signed for the next 3 years.
Castlemaine Perkins, brewer of XXXX, has announced a five year sponsorship agreement with the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans, taking the deal through until 2011. Under the XXXX BITTER brand, Castlemaine Perkins is now a Platinum Sponsor of the Titans.
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