Wests Tigers star Beau Ryan will jump from a plane into ANZ Stadium on Sunday but the best way for fans to make their way to the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final is via public transport.

With a sell-out crowd of more than 80,000 people to converge on ANZ Stadium for Sunday’s Telstra Premiership Grand Final between the Sea Eagles and Warriors, fans are urged to plan their trip and arrive early to enjoy the numerous game-day celebrations.

Ryan will parachute into ANZ Stadium as part of the Telstra Skydivers, along with Manly supporter Janine Femia and Warriors fan Alex Davies-Colley, who sent inspiring messages to the Grand Final teams as part of the Telstra HeroMessage campaign.

While they will be taking to the skies, all other fans attending the game are encouraged to make use of the major event public transport services available on the day.

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets include travel on public transport to and from ANZ Stadium with major event travel services operating throughout the day and night.

“The best way for members and fans to enjoy their Grand Final experience is to arrive early and soak up the atmosphere,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“There’s plenty of great entertainment in the lead-up to the Grand Final, including the NSW Cup and Toyota Cup deciders, award-winning artists in Kelly Clarkson and Eskimo Joe and for something a little different there will be a performance by the Men of League choir.

“There’s also the opportunity to pay tribute to some of the game’s retiring heroes including Darren Lockyer, Andrew Ryan, Alan Tongue and Preston Campbell and that is something I am sure all fans will want to be part of.”

The ANZ Stadium precinct will roar to life from 11am with family activities, music, food stalls and appearances by NRL One Community ambassadors providing an exciting prelude to all the footy action.

Gates to ANZ Stadium will open at 11.45am ahead of the NSW Cup Grand Final at 12pm, with the Toyota Cup Grand Final at 2pm and the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at 5pm.

The NRL and ANZ Stadium staff will work with security and police to ensure that all fans are able to enjoy the day. Intoxicated fans risk being refused entry and people who disrupt the enjoyment of others during the day will be escorted from the ground and risk being banned.

Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets include travel on public transport – to and from ANZ Stadium – on CityRail, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries.

Fans are reminded to keep their tickets for the return journey, as customers must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

Please note, an additional station access fee applies for travel from Green Square, Mascot, Domestic and International Airport stations to the City. A separate ticket will need to be purchased.

TRAINS:

The closest CityRail station to ANZ Stadium is Olympic Park Station.

Getting there:

Direct services between Central and Olympic Park Station operate every 8-10 minutes from 11.47am until 6pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield.
Direct Blacktown to Olympic Park services operate every 10 minutes from 12.38pm until 6pm, stopping at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville and Lidcombe.
Blue Mountains Line services heading to the City between 8.30am and 3pm will make an additional stop at Lidcombe Station.

Due to trackwork on the South Coast Line,
special services depart from Kiama at 8.29am, 9.04am, 9.59am, 11.04am, 11.59am, 1.04pm and 1.55pm and travel through to Central Station where direct services to Olympic Park depart every 8-10 minutes.
Customers travelling to the game before the direct services start should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a connecting service to Olympic Park Station, operating every 10 minutes from 7am.
 Some areas (Illawarra Line, Bankstown Line, Airport & East Hills Line and Northern Line) are also serviced by Sydney Olympic Park Major Events Buses, which provide direct services to and from Sydney Olympic Park.

Getting home:

Remember to keep your ticket safe for your return journey, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.
Services from Olympic Park are operating every 8 minutes to Blacktown Station after the completion of the game stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills and Blacktown. These services operate until 9.58pm. Customers travelling after the last service should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a connecting service.
Direct services from Olympic Park to Central Station are operating every 5-10 minutes until 10.04pm, stopping at Strathfield and Redfern.
Two additional Inner West Line services depart Strathfield Station at 7.38pm and 8.08pm stopping at all stations to Central.
Two additional South Line services depart Lidcombe Station at 7.37pm and 8.07pm stopping at all stations to Campbelltown.
Blue Mountains Line services will make an additional stop at Lidcombe Station between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.
South Coast Line services depart from Central Station at 7.54pm, 8.24pm, 8.54pm, 9.24pm, 9.54pm, 10.24 and 11.54pm.

BUSES:
Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus services are operating on all 12 major event bus routes across Sydney starting between 10.30am and 11.30am (depending on the route). Bus services will depart Sydney Olympic Park after the game, with the last service departing at 8.45pm.

Customers travelling on routes 5A-B and 8 may encounter some traffic delays, in the vicinity of Pennant Hills Road and James Ruse Drive, due to the M2 upgrade road works. Customers are advised to allow additional travel time.

Scheduled wheelchair accessible buses operate on every route.�

Sydney Buses is operating to a normal Sunday timetable. Route 525 operates between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.

FERRIES:
Sydney Ferries is operating to a regular timetable to and from Sydney Olympic Park on the Parramatta River service.

ANZ Stadium is an approximate 40 minute walk from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus through to the Stadium however capacity on the regular ferry and bus is limited.

If ferry services reach capacity, please consider train services which regularly depart from Circular Quay Station.

Please note that Drummoyne Wharf will be closed on this date for maintenance and repairs.

For Sydney Ferries timetable information visit www.sydneyferries.info/timetables.htm

ROAD SERVICES:

Sydney Olympic Park Authority may close some local roads, but access to businesses and residences will be maintained. For more details please check: www.sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au/visiting/transport.

For information and live traffic reports please visit www.livetraffic.com or phone the Traffic Information line on 132 701.

TAXI SERVICES:

A secure taxi rank will operate in Herb Elliott Avenue near Park Street. Please check www.nswtaxi.org.au for full details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area.

PARKING:
Parking is subject to availability at Sydney Olympic Park. You must pre-book to guarantee a parking space. Parking tickets can be purchased through Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

For further transport information go to www.131500.info or call 131 500.

Grand Final Day Pre-Game Entertainment program

11:45am

Gates Open

12:00pm

NSW Cup Grand Final – 1st half

12:47pm

During half-time break: Presentation of NSWRL Club Championship Flowers Memorial Pennant

12:50pm

Holiday Inn U16s Relay Race

12:57pm

NSW Cup Grand Final – 2nd half

1:45pm

NSW Cup Grand Final Official Presentation

2:00pm

Toyota Cup Grand Final – 1st half

2:49pm

Jetstar NRL Club Championship presentation to Melbourne Storm

2:59pm

Toyota Cup Grand Final – 2nd half

3:15pm

Coin Toss

3:50pm

Toyota Cup Grand Final official presentation

4:00-4:30pm

Telstra Skydivers

 

John Williamson and Men of League Choir perform

4:30-5:00pm

Presentation to Retiring Players - Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sarah-Grace Williams and supported by the Australian Youth Choir, conducted by George Ellis

 

Telstra Premiership Grand Final Trophy delivered via the Telstra Child Flight helicopter

 

Pre-game entertainment – Kelly Clarkson; Eskimo Joe

 

Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams highlight package

5:12pm

National Anthem performed by the Australian Youth Choir, conducted by George Ellis

5:20pm

2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Final – 1st half

6:05pm

Blackhawk helicopter display and tribute to Australia’s Defence Forces

6:20pm

2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Final – 2nd half

7:08pm

Telstra Premiership Grand Final official presentation