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Integrated ticketing on major event public transport services will operate on Friday night with a record-breaking crowd set to converge on ANZ Stadium for the opening clash of the Telstra Premiership Finals Series between Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra.

Already more than 30,000 supporters have snapped up tickets for Friday night’s match, with ANZ Stadium lower bowl seating to be split between Wests Tigers and Dragons fans to showcase the colour and passion of the rival teams.

The record attendance for a Week 1 Finals match in Sydney is 33,315, set last year in the match between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium.

To assist fans travelling to the match on Friday night, all tickets will include entry and travel on public transport to and from the game on CityRail, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses, Liverpool to Parramatta T-way Buses and Sydney Ferries.

Patrons travelling to ANZ Stadium are encouraged to:

•    avoid peak hour traffic by taking advantage of additional express trains and Major Event bus services included in every ticket. Remember to keep tickets for the return trip;

•    not drive unless they have pre-booked car parking;

•    arrive early for the chance to enjoy the Toyota Cup Qualifying Final action between the North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers.

Please note that an additional access fee applies for travel from the airport stations to the city, which will require a separate ticket.

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As the finals countdown continues, the NRL today also announced that more than 3,000 volunteers from junior leagues across Sydney will also receive free entry into the Week 1 Sydney matches as a reward for their contribution to the game throughout the year at grassroots level.

The offer is a ‘thank you’ the NRL has generally provided each finals series in Week 3 but with no guarantee of a final at ANZ Stadium in Week 3 it has been moved to Week 1 to ensure volunteers get an opportunity to attend a finals clash.

Already, the NRL has provided for Junior Pass holders to receive free entry into Sydney’s Week One Telstra Premiership Finals at ANZ Stadium and the Sydney Football Stadium.

At ANZ Stadium, Junior Pass holders are to report to any venue box office where they will be presented with a match entry ticket.

At the Sydney Football Stadium, supporters presenting either an NRL Junior Pass or a Manly Next Generation membership card will be granted access via Gate i and seating in Bays 1-6.

The $28 million Junior Pass program provides free entry for registered children and officials to Telstra Premiership regular season matches and is the only one in Australian professional sport to give future stars free access to its matches.