Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has encouraged AFL and NRL fans not attending the two Grand Finals to take advantage of the opportunities to watch the games at live sites and participate in the game related activities.
Mr Ayres said while the Sydney Swans would be playing at the MCG in Saturday’s clash against the Western Bulldogs, the SCG would be opened for fans to watch all the action, live on big screens.
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for football fans, no matter their colours. With the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday, the SCG will be open from 12.30pm for fans to share in the atmosphere of game day and show their support for the Club,” Mr Ayres said.
“With the Cronulla Sharks taking on the Melbourne Storm in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final on Sunday October 2 at ANZ Stadium, NSW is gearing up for a influx of visitors from Victoria.
“We expect to welcome 21,000 visitors to our great state and estimate the match will contribute $19 million in visitor spend to the NSW economy.
“On Thursday 29 September from 1:30pm fans can meet players from all 16 NRL teams at the Opera House Forecourt and be part of the audience for the broadcast of NRL360.
“Or on the day of the Grand Final, arrive early for the pre game entertainment which will kick off at 11am in Cathy Freeman park outside ANZ Stadium.”
Tickets to Sunday’s NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium include return travel on public transport and extra trains and major event bus services running on the day.
Fans travelling from the Sutherland Shire, need to be aware the Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will be in high demand and are expected to reach capacity quickly.
Sharks fans are recommended to catch a train to Redfern or Central Station and change for a direct train to Olympic Park instead. Fans can plan their trip by visiting 131500.com.au or call the Transport Info line on 131 500.
More information on where to stay and what to do in Sydney over the NRL Grand Final long weekend, including other events and activities taking place visit www.sydney.com.