No. 1 Fan exhibition celebrates league fans

Rugby league's passionate and fanatical fans in Sydney will be celebrated in a special No. 1 Fan Exhibition opening today at the Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool, just two weeks before the 2011 Telstra premiership season kicks off.

The No. 1 Fan exhibition, which will run until April 3, will feature a series of sport exhibitions, forums, workshops and activities to ensure the fanatical chants and memoirs of National Rugby League supporters will be heard and seen.

The opening weekend (Feb 25-27) will "break team barriers" with Hip Hop dance group from Australia’s Got Talent's Justice Crew entertaining the crowds; along with appearances from club cheerleaders and mascots; and former and current stars of the game including Jarryd Hayne, Petero Cinoveceva, Mario Fenech, Peter Kelly and Ray Warren.

NRL teams featured include Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons, Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles.

For the full schedule or more information about No. 1 Fan, click here.

OPENING WEEKEND (Feb 25-27)

FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY – OFFICIAL LAUNCH

- Launch of No.1 Fan project by Gwen Bosler, fan of Balmain and Wests Tigers for more than 60 years and Hazem El Masri retired Canterbury Bulldogs star.

- Meet club Cheerleaders and mascots

- See the 10 Most memorable moments of Rugby League in the 80s

- Fans chanting club anthems

- Relive the 2010 and 1984 Grand Finals on the big screen

SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY – SUPER SATURDAY

- Justice Crew, Hip Hop Dance sensation – Winners of Australia’s Got Talent 2010

- NRL Fan Forums – meet and talk with former and current players and officials - bookings essential.

- See the best Cheer squads from NRL teams performing new routines for season 2011.

- Super Boots/Banner workshops - bookings essential.

- Kids Skillz Drillz Sessions and much more - bookings essential.

SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SUNDAY SESSION

- See footage of the most unbelievable tries of the last 30 years - bookings essential.

- Enjoy footage of some of rugby league’s biggest hits.

- Super Boots/Banner workshops

- Kids Skillz Drillz Sessions and much more

EXHIBITIONS

- Battle of the Banners

- Installation artwork from contemporary Australian artist Adam Hill using fanfare and memorabilia donated by South Sydney supporter Michelle Booth in "Fanatical Fan".

- Grassroots – an exhibition of Junior League jerseys, badges and footage. See footage of young fans interviewing their favourite NRL stars.

- NRL Stars – features artworks from Panthers Prowl Community Program, includes testimonials by kids about their favourite players.

- See video highlights showcasing the colour, fashion and despair from the 2010 NRL season and Grand Finals from 1980 – 1989.