Grand Final extravaganza

Fans buying tickets to the 2012 Telstra Premiership Grand Final will have exclusive access to a game-day carnival precinct at ANZ Stadium that will revolutionise the way Rugby League celebrates its biggest match of the year.

In a stunning transformation to take place during Grand Final Week, 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 being created through 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.

“This carnival precinct will give fans attending the Grand Final a game-day experience unlike anything ever before,” said ARL Commission Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske.

“Grand Final Day is such a special event on the calendar and this precinct captures the excitement and atmosphere of the day and is all about giving fans an experience they will never forget.

“It’s a really exciting innovation to our week of Grand Final celebrations and I can see it becoming an integral part of Grand Final tradition as it grows in the future.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. George Souris MP, said the carnival precinct would provide a thrilling attraction for the thousands of visitors travelling to Sydney for the Grand Final.

“The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is pleased to be involved in supporting and promoting Rugby League’s Grand Final Day, one of the most anticipated events on the NSW calendar,” he said.  

“The carnival precinct at Homebush, with its many attractions, is an exciting innovation which will add another exciting dimension to the Grand Final.”

Rugby League fans will be able to get their first look at the precinct on the Thursday of Grand Final Week with the broadcast of the NRL Grand Final Footy Show, followed by a mass coaching clinic on Friday.

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Mr Daryl Kerry, said the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will be an unforgettable event for footy fans.

“This is about growing the Grand Final experience out of your seat,” Mr Kerry said.

“While the ultimate focus will always be on what happens in the middle of ANZ Stadium at game time, the event experience will now be much greater.

“Once you enter the precinct on Grand Final Day, you will enjoy a raft of activities including live entertainment, multiple food and beverage options and special kids and family fun zones.”

Mr Kerry said a pop-up Eat Street and wine bar area with live music, themed team bars with the footy action on big screens, corporate supporter group marquees, team merchandise areas, coffee shops and a wide variety of football-related activities were planned.

“The fans will be engaged throughout NRL Grand Final Day which we believe can grow to rival any sporting event in the world,” he said.

Tickets for the 2012 Telstra Premiership Grand Final go on sale to the public from, 10am on Thursday, August 2, and will be available through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au/nrlgrandfinal, by calling 132 849 or at Ticketek outlets.

While approximately 14,000 tickets will be held back for Ticketed Club Members of the two competing Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams, this ticket release is the best opportunity for members of the public to secure their seat for the match.

The 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will kick-off at 5pm on Sunday, September 30, at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

SALE CONDITIONS FOR ALL TICKETS

All tickets booked online during the exclusive buying windows can be emailed by selecting ezyTicket delivery or can be collected from Ticketek outlets.

Ticketed NRL Club Members not using the online system must quote their AAN at selected Ticketek outlets in order to purchase tickets during the exclusive buying windows.  Sales will be permitted by telephone if paid for by credit card, but members must quote their AAN.

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets include travel to and from the match on CityRail trains, the Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus Services, regular Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries services.

Tickets are not valid on Sydney Buses premium services such as the Sydney Explorer and Bondi Explorer, Sydney Ferries Manly JetCat service, private buses and ferries, CountryLink trains, Metro Light Rail or Monorail, T-Ways. An additional station access fee applies for travel on the Green Square, Mascot, Domestic and International stations on the Airport Line.

Please note, Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets may not be used for media or advertising promotions without the written permission of the NRL.

For Ticketek box office collection points, log on to http://ticketek.com.au/agency/ on the Ticketek website.

New Zealand Ticket Sales

Customers in New Zealand can purchase tickets by calling the Ticketek New Zealand Call Centre on 0800 842 538 and ask for Australian bookings, or via the Australian Ticketek website www.ticketek.com.au/nrlgrandfinal. In person sales (agency sales) for Australian events are available from the following Ticketek NZ Box Offices:

 Auckland

Skycity Casino

Level 3 Box Office

Federal Street Auckland

Mon to Sat 10am-5pm

      

Wellington

Westpac St James Theatre

77-87 Courtenay Place Wellington

Mon to Fri  9.00am - 5:30pm