I just found this article from 2011. It shows some teams are given preferential treatment. This discrimination needs to end.
The Queensland government enjoys a monopoly position with stadiums in Brisbane, owning both Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba.
Sydney has competition between the government controlled SCG and Sydney Football Stadium Trust and the privately managed ANZ Stadium at Homebush, while the big spectator sports in Melbourne can shop between the MCG and Etihad Stadium.
This year's sell out A-League grand final at Suncorp between the Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners cost Football Federation Australia $750,000 in event and transport charges, compared to the $150,000 fee incurred when soccer's big game was played at the SFS.
No two deals at Suncorp are the same, with this month's capacity crowd Super 15 final between the Queensland Reds and the Canterbury Crusaders costing SANZAR $600,000 in rental.
The charges for staging this year's rugby league State of Origin series at the 52,500-seat Suncorp were higher than the costs at the 85,000-seat ANZ Stadium.
The NRL's Brisbane Broncos and the Roar are regular tenants of Suncorp and pay far higher rents than their rivals in other Australian states.
The Queensland government also owns Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, home of the NRL's Titans and A-League's United.
The Titans pay $300,000 per game rental, while their rivals for the wooden spoon, the Sydney Roosters, pay $40,000 a game for hiring the SFS.
Gold Coast United's owner, Clive Palmer, considered charges at Skilled Park so prohibitive he placed a 5000 cap on the crowd to avoid a mandatory $16,500 ''transport management fee'' imposed by the event managers Stadiums Queensland.
However, the AFL's expansion team, the Gold Coast Suns, enjoys very generous terms at its Carrara Stadium, also owned by the Queensland government.
The Carrara negotiations took place just before the 2009 Queensland elections and AFL chief commissioner, Andrew Demetriou, was able to secure a very good deal with a state government desperate to retain seats on the Gold Coast.
The AFL contributed $10 million to the Carrara re-development which cost the federal and Queensland governments $145m and, for the AFL's small contribution, they were able to secure management rights.
The AFL subsequently passed the rights on to the Suns who are able to employ their own security, cleaners and caterers, while the sports which hire Suncorp and Skilled Park must pay the charges imposed by Stadiums Queensland.
Perhaps the Bulldogs' deal at ANZ Stadium, where they pay rent, compared to the NRL's Rabbitohs who receive $80,000 a match, may also have something to do with their willingness to play interstate, particularly with the South Australian government offering incentives for bigger crowds.
The disparity between payments to the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs at the same stadium, together with Queensland's exorbitant rents, does highlight the need for the NRL to have a stadium strategy, particularly with expansion on the horizon.
The ARLC should use its riches to build a $50-100m centralised stadium in Brisbane. Something with a capacity of 35k would be perfect for the Broncos, Dolphins and a prospective Firehawks team.
The Titans were paying $3,600,000 per year on stadium rental fees in 2011. The Elmer Fudds were given $800k to play 10 games at Stadium Australia. Souths don't need pokies with deals like that.