Record Member Pre-Sales for Bulldogs v Eels Final

Bulldogs and Eels members have today snapped up more than 12,000 tickets in the biggest Club Member pre-sale in history with demand outstripping the first day of 2009 Grand Final Club Member ticket sales.

While plenty of seats will be available when tickets for Friday night’s blockbuster at ANZ Stadium go on sale to the general public at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, fans are reminded that Category 1 tickets will be limited.

MyNRL members will also have access to an exclusive pre-sale period from 9pm tonight through to 7am tomorrow morning.

As of 5pm today, 12,500 tickets had been sold to Eels and Bulldogs Club Members – and in a sign that their rivalry is just as close off the field, the split between fans today in designated supporter bays was 51% Eels and 49% Bulldogs.

“It is great to see Bulldogs and Eels members making the most of their membership privileges through this pre-sale period and I encourage fans of both clubs and the game in general to get in early tomorrow and get the best seats to one of the biggest finals matches Sydney has ever seen,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“The demand for tickets in Melbourne has also been encouraging.

“Everyone remembers the match between the two clubs in Brisbane last year and with a grand final berth on the line the support of fans will be crucial for both teams.”

More than 14,000 tickets have also been sold for Saturday night’s Preliminary Final between the Storm and Brisbane Broncos at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, with tickets having been on sale since late last week.

Tickets for the Storm-Broncos match are on sale now through Ticketmaster by calling 13 61 00, online at www.ticketmaster.com.au or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Tickets for the Bulldogs-Eels match are available through Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or online at www.ticketek.com.au.

The schedule for Week 3 of the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals is as follows:

1st Preliminary Final:  Friday, Sep 25 - ANZ Stadium, Sydney
NRL:  Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels, 7:45pm
Toyota Cup: St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers, 5.30pm
Arrive Alive Cup: Matraville Sports High v Keebra Park State High School, 3.35pm

2nd Preliminary Final: Saturday, Sep 26, - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
NRL:  Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, 7:45pm
Toyota Cup: Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, 5.30pm