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NRL Grand Final Travel Information

NRL.com Wed, Sep 26, 2012 - 2:10 PM

The Telstra Premiership Trophy will arrive at ANZ Stadium in a helicopter but the best way for fans to make their way to Sunday’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final is via public transport.

With a sell-out crowd of more than 82,000 people to converge on ANZ Stadium for NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Day, all fans are urged to plan their trip and arrive early to enjoy the game-day celebrations – including the first ever NRL Grand Final carnival precinct.

More than two kilometres of temporary fencing will be erected around ANZ Stadium to create a carnival precinct featuring interactive games, rides, live music, a merchandise supercentre, family areas, food stalls and Grand Final team bars.

The project is a partnership between the NRL, ANZ Stadium and the NSW Government with all ticket holders to the Telstra Premiership Grand Final having the freedom to move in and out of ANZ Stadium and the entertainment precinct to enjoy the carnival atmosphere as well as all the Rugby League Grand Final action.

Gates to the precinct will open at 10am and to the stadium at 11.45am.

“The precinct activities provide a perfect opportunity for families to beat the rush and come out to the ground early and soak up the Grand Final atmosphere,” NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said today.

“We have three exciting matches and an award-winning entertainment line-up headlined by Good Charlotte, so there will be plenty to enjoy in the countdown to the big game between the Bulldogs and Storm.”

All 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.

Fans are reminded to keep their tickets for their 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. You will need to purchase a separate ticket.

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

Getting there: Customers should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a service to Olympic Park Station. These operate every 10 minutes from 7am to Olympic Park Station.

CityRail is running direct services between Central and Olympic Park Station every 5-10 minutes from 11.47am until 6pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield.

Direct services from Blacktown to Olympic Park will be operating every 10 minutes from 12.30pm until 6pm, stopping at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville and Lidcombe.

Blue Mountains Line services heading to the City between 11am and 6pm will make an additional stop at Lidcombe Station.

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 the return journey as fans must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

Direct services from Olympic Park to Central Station are operating every five minutes until 9pm, stopping at Strathfield and Redfern.

Services from Olympic Park are operating every eight minutes to Blacktown Station after the completion of the game stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead and Seven Hills. These services operate until 8pm, then every 15 minutes until 8.30pm. Customers travelling after 8.30pm should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a connecting service.

Two additional Inner West Line services depart Strathfield Station at 7.38pm and 8.08pm stopping at all stations to the City via Town Hall.

Two additional South Line services depart Lidcombe Station at 7.37pm and 8.07pm stopping Auburn, Granville and all stations to Campbelltown.

All Blue Mountains Line services are making an additional stop at Lidcombe Station between 2.30pm and 10.30pm.

For further timetable information visit www.cityrail.info/timetable/index.jsp

Buses: Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Services will commence between 9.20am and 10am (depending on the route) and buses will depart after the match, with the last service departing Sydney Olympic Park at 8.30pm.

Scheduled wheelchair accessible buses operate on every route. To find the best way to get to Sydney Olympic Park by bus, visit 131 500 Trip Planner.

Sydney Buses will be operating to a normal weekend timetable. Route 525 operates between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.

Ferries: Sydney Ferries is operating to a normal weekend timetable to and from Sydney Olympic Park. If ferry services reach capacity, please consider train services which regularly depart from Circular Quay Station.

ANZ Stadium is an approximate 40 minute walk from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus through to the stadium until 7.30pm each day, however capacity on the regular ferry and bus is limited.

For Sydney Ferries timetable information visit http://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.

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Day Entertainment

10:00am: Gates Open – Telstra Grand Final Precinct

11:45am: Gates Open – ANZ Stadium

12:05pm: Kick-off - VB NSW Cup Grand Final

12:45pm: Half-time - VB NSW Cup Grand Final

2:00pm: Kick-off - Toyota Cup Grand Final

2:45pm: Half-time - Toyota Cup Grand Final

4:35pm: Pre-match Entertainment and Presentation to Retiring Players, Live Performance by ‘The Script’

4:45pm: Telstra Premiership Trophy arrives on Telstra ChildFlight Helicopter  

4:50pm: ‘Good Charlotte’ Perform

5:12pm: Grand Final Teams Entry

5.14pm: National Anthem - Sarah De Bono

5.15pm: Kick-off - NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

6.00pm: Half-time - NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final; presentation of the eighth Immortal

7:00pm: Post-game Presentation followed by lap of honour