In a rematch of the 2020 Grand Final, back-to-back reigning Premiers the Penrith Panthers will go head-to-head with four-time NRL Premiership winners the Melbourne Storm at Accor Stadium in what promises to be a Preliminary Final to remember.
The winner advances to the biggest day on the Sydney sporting calendar – the NRL Grand Final – to face either the Brisbane Broncos or the New Zealand Warriors. For the loser, it is season over.
NRL Preliminary Final
Penrith Panthers v Melbourne Storm
Friday 22 September
Gates open: 6pm
Penrith Panthers (1st – 18 wins; 6 losses – last game: beat New Zealand Warriors 32-6)
Melbourne Storm (3rd – 16 wins; 8 losses – last game: beat Sydney Roosters 18-13)
Your Game Plan:
- Arrive early! To avoid queues at the gate and ensure you don’t miss any of the action, it is recommended you arrive in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct well before kick-off. You can also enjoy pre-game entertainment and soak in the pre-match atmosphere inside and outside the Stadium.
- Public transport is the best way to get to the footy, and rail is included in your ticket! With other footy fans heading into the area, avoid gameday traffic and get to the ground without the stress of parking by taking public transport. Plan your trip to Accor Stadium using the Transport for NSW tool here.
- If you need to drive, consider your parking options. Attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-book parking. The best way to book parking is through the Sydney OIympic Park website. Parking is selling fast, so get in quick!
- Pre-purchase your ticket. To avoid disappointment and lines at the box office, we recommend buying your tickets online. Don’t forget to share them with your group before arriving at the gates.
- Elevate your experience! Want to see the big game in style? Move fast to lock in your Premium Experience for this historic occasion via Accor Stadium Official Hospitality
Last time they met:
The Panthers and Storm played each other twice during the 2023 NRL regular season, with Penrith winning on both occasions. First in Round 18, the Panthers defeated the Storm 16-34 in Melbourne before finishing the clean sweep in Round 23 with a 26-6 victory at home.
Food and Beverage:
Make the most of your Friday afternoon/night by arriving early and enjoying the wide range of restaurants and bars in the Sydney Olympic Park Precinct or taking advantage of the stadium’s extensive food and beverages outlets. There is something available for every palate, including for those with dietary requirements. To explore our full range, click here.
The forecast for Sydney Olympic Park on Friday is maximum 19C with the temperature sitting at 14C for kick-off. Partly cloudy with a low chance of rain. We recommend dressing for the conditions, especially as not all seats are undercover. Umbrellas may be brought into the Stadium but for the comfort of others should not be put up. For the latest forecast, please click here.
Transport to and parking near Accor Stadium:
Attendees are encouraged to make their way to the Stadium via public transport, including bus, train and ferry. Accessible travel is available. Rail travel is included in matchday tickets. Plan to get here early using the Transport for NSW Trip Planner.
If you need to drive, please allow extra time for traffic as there will be a large number of people in the area. Booking your parking is strongly recommended, especially parking selling fast – visit the Sydney Olympic Park website to secure your parking space as soon as possible. Those requiring Accessibility Parking will also park in the Sydney Olympic Park car parks – please remember to bring your permit. P3 is a 10-15 minute walk to Accor Stadium, with shuttle buses connecting patrons to other car parks in the area. For more information click here.
Please note: if you are planning to use a taxi or ride share service after the game, there will be a number of road closures in place for up to half an hour after full time.
All bags will be subject to the security screening process. To help avoid delays, it’s best to leave your bag at home. On all event days bag sizes are limited to 30x40cm. Umbrellas are permitted but for the comfort of other patrons, they should not be opened in the seating bowl. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the stadium. Please note: No glass or cans are permitted. For more information on conditions of entry, please click here.
Win-or-go-home. Do-or-die. Be here to cheer on the Panthers or Storm with only one team securing a berth into the NRL Grand Final! Tickets available here.