Melbourne are set to play their NRL finals out of Suncorp Stadium - and while it's not a home ground advantage, it's the next best thing.
The Storm's incredible record in Queensland extended to 16 consecutive wins with their 30-6 victory over Manly on Sunday afternoon.
They have won 23 of 25 games in the Sunshine State since June 2014, making any Queensland venue the next best home ground for the Storm aside from AAMI Park.
The NRL is understood to have considered moving the Storm camp into NSW for finals, but that now appears unlikely save for an extreme change in biosecurity conditions.
Storm had angled to play at least one home final at Sunshine Coast Stadium, which has been their surrogate home ground since July.
However, that has been all but denied by the NRL despite Penrith getting the all clear to play their week one final at Panthers Stadium.
"We'd love to play a final (at Sunshine Coast Stadium) or two finals here or however far we go," said Storm coach Craig Bellamy.
"But at the same time we could end up playing in Brisbane, which we really enjoy playing there."
Melbourne will be the only Queensland-based side in the finals and keeping matches in the state will give a lift to the local economy.
The NRL's plans for Melbourne are all but finalised after general manager of elite competitions Jason King announced likely venues on Monday.
However, King said while the venues have not been 100 per cent locked in, Melbourne will not return to Victoria before the end of the season.
"We're listening to our experts very often, we meet with them twice a week to understand what the current COVID environment is and where it's trending," King said.
"That's the reason for the conditional language, because it's very hard to predict what's going to happen given the evolving nature of the pandemic.
"Our understanding at the moment is that Victoria is going to take a considerable period of time to recover and that recovery won't necessarily occur prior to finals starting."
Ladder-leaders Penrith have been cleared to host a week one qualifying final at home, while weeks two and three will be moved to ANZ Stadium or Bankwest Stadium.
The NRL also confirmed out-of-Sydney teams Newcastle and Canberra can host finals at their respective home grounds.
The NRL is yet to announce the grand final venue, but it is expected to be held at ANZ Stadium on October 25.