TICKETS to every NRL Premiership game at Stadium Australia in season 2014 will include train travel in one of the biggest sporting transport initiatives announced in this country.
And in further great news for fans, there will be a minimum of two direct rail services between Central Station and Sydney Olympic Park before and after each match at the Stadium.
NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith, announced the ground-breaking deal at Wednesday night’s NRL Season Launch as part of a $2 million drive to improve the fan experience in 2014.
The train transport deal will start from NRL opening weekend, when Stadium Australia will host a spectacular triple-header to kick-start the 2014 season.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs host the opening game of the season against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters on Thursday 6 March, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs welcome the Brisbane Broncos on Friday 7 March, and the St George Illawarra Dragons play Wests Tigers on Sunday 9 March.
The opening weekend triple-header will feature four of the five clubs that will play at least some home matches at Stadium Australia this season.
The Parramatta Eels, who host the Wests Tigers in an Easter Monday blockbuster on 21 April, join the Rabbitohs, the Bulldogs, the Tigers and the Dragons in playing some of their biggest home games at Stadium Australia in 2014.
Stadium Australia Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, congratulated NRL CEO, Dave Smith, and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell – along with Sydney Trains – for delivering the exciting transport initiative on the eve of the 2014 season.
He also thanked the Stadium’s two longest-serving NRL tenants, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, along with the Tigers, Dragons and Eels, for playing an integral part in bringing the deal to life.
“This is great news for NRL club Members and fans generally because anyone who has a ticket to the NRL footy at Stadium Australia can now travel to the game by train at no additional cost,” Mr Kerry said.
“There will be a feast of rugby league action at Stadium Australia in season 2014 with 27 NRL Premiership games, including 13 Sydney v Sydney blockbusters between the five clubs calling the Stadium home in 2014. Then, of course, there is State of Origin II on Wednesday 18 June, Finals and the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 5 October.”
Mr Kerry added that the integrated transport ticketing extended to Stadium Australia Members and corporate guests.