Saturday, 30 September 2023 9am
As Australia’s greatest interstate sporting rivalry continues, NSW Police are urging footy fans to keep the competition family-friendly and behave responsibly ahead of this weekend’s grand finals.
The Newcastle Knights will be battling for back-to-back premierships, at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, as they take on the Gold Coast Titans in the NRLW Grand Final, kicking off at 3.55pm tomorrow (Sunday 1 October 2023).
The Penrith Panthers will follow, in an attempt to carve their name into the history books in pursuit of a premiership three-peat, taking on the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL Grand Final, scheduled for a 7.30pm kick-off.
Police will conduct a high-visibility operation, comprising officers from across the South West Metropolitan Region assisted by specialist police to ensure the safety and security of officials, players and the anticipated 80,000-plus spectators who will be in attendance.
Gates will open at 1pm for preliminary matches and entertainment, and those attending are urged to arrive early.
Security guards will assist police in targeting troublemakers, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol-related crime at the stadium, and to ensure all fans get to and from the stadium safely.
Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said the police operation aims to ensure everyone’s Grand Final experience is enjoyable, memorable and free from any anti-social or criminal behaviour.
“While we expect the passion and emotions of the spectators to be heightened, please remember to be considerate of others and cheer on your teams respectfully,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
“Those who choose to act inappropriately will be dealt with promptly; this could mean ejection from the stadium and/or banning notices, with fines, or even criminal charges.
“Fans need to be considerate of others during post-match celebrations and, whether your team wins or loses, there is no excuse for violence, intimidation, or anti-social behaviour.” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
As temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, coupled with a try-scoring-fest, Assistant Commissioner Smith urges game attendees to drink responsibly, as we don’t want anyone missing out on the live action.
“To everyone celebrating across the state, please ensure you are drinking plenty of water, wear sunscreen and seek shade during the day.
“Drink responsibly, know your limits, and keep an eye on your friends,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
To assist in avoiding disruption and disappointment, spectators are urged to plan their trip ahead of time and utilise public transport services. All tickets include travel to and from Olympic Park on public transport.
Motorists driving to Sydney Olympic Park are reminded to book their parking in advance and allow plenty of travel time and expect significant delays, particularly around the venue before and after the match.
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Assistant Commissioner Smith also encouraged ticketholders to check conditions of entry and allow plenty of time when entering the stadium.