$1 million up for grabs for Raiders members
GIO Stadium has traditionally been a tough venue for traveling NRL sides to win at, with conditions and a partisan Canberra crowd creating a hostile environment for those teams from out of town.
Raiders members also have to endure some of the most extreme conditions of any supporters in the competition, with blazing hot afternoons met with bitterly cold nights across the NRL calendar. Don't forget the infamous 2000 'snow game', either.
As a show of thanks for fans who Raiders CEO Don Furner describes as the "toughest" in the NRL, a total prize pool of $1,000,000 will be up for grabs for members who participate in the club's season predictor and spin-the-wheel membership promotion.
Members are invited to predict how many points the Raiders will score and have scored against them, as well as how many tries they'll both score and concede. Those who correctly guess these figures will share in the $500,000 prize pool, with a further $500,000 on offer across the first 10 home games of the year if the selected member can land the wheel on the $50,000 prize at each game.
One man who will be instrumental in Canberra's attacking potential next season is halfback Aidan Sezer, who was also unveiled as the face of the promotion.
Ahead of his second year in the nation's capital, the former Titans playmaker said he hopes he and right-edge duo Jordan Rapana and Joseph Leilua can play their part in delivering the ultimate prize to deserving Canberra members.
"It's hard to go off season averages after last year, hopefully we can score a few more tries and someone gets the estimate," Sezer told the assembled media at Raiders HQ on Thursday.
"Hopefully we can get a few more tries on the left as well. 'Jordy' (Rapana) and 'BJ' (Leilua), they killed it last year so hopefully they can replicate that this year."
Sezer's time with the Green Machine didn't get off to an ideal start. Restricted to rehab for a portion of the 2016 pre-season, an injury in Round 1 saw the Bulldogs junior sit out the next month.
But once he returned in Round 5 the 25-year-old featured in every other game for his new side, all the way through to their preliminary final loss to the Storm.
With a year under his belt in lime green and a greater understanding with halves partner Blake Austin, hooker Josh Hodgson and fullback Jack Wighton, Sezer said the experiences of 2016 holds his side in good stead as they aim to improve next season.
"[When you] turn up to pre-season not trying to forge relationships with the boys, it's something that's obviously going to help your game," Sezer said.
"Going in off the back of last season into a new year will be only beneficial for the team.
"Everyone's always optimistic ahead of the new season and we're no different.
"Hopefully we get back after the Christmas break with 'Hodgy' (Hodgson) and the international boys and build on the platform we laid last year."