NRL FANS URGED TO PLAN AHEAD FOR THE GRAND FINAL
22 October, 2020

With 40,000 people expected to attend the NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday 25 October, fans are being reminded to plan ahead and stay vigilant to ensure everyone remains COVID-Safe.

“Safely allowing 50% capacity brings enjoyment, employment and stimulation for the NSW economy, but keeping customers safe is of utmost importance. We are ensuring there are plenty of safe and efficient options to get people to and from the big game,” Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.

“Supporters are reminded not to attend if they are feeling unwell, and to wear a mask when they are not sitting at their seat. This includes walking to and from designated seats, using stadium facilities and of course on public transport.

“If you are able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or rideshare to see your team play in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time,” Mr Collins said.

A discounted flat-rate of $20 for parking at Sydney Olympic Park will apply for the event. Casual parking will be very limited and subject to availability. It’s best to pre-book a parking space  online before 11:59pm Saturday 24 October.

Anyone who is planning on driving to watch the game at Olympic Park or remotely at other venues is reminded to stick to the speed limit and wear a seatbelt.

”We know people love to watch the footy and have a drink – if you’re planning on doing that make sure you have a Plan B, don’t risk driving if you could be affected by drugs or alcohol.

“There will be extra public transport services to help you get there and back home again, but services will be busy, especially after the game so please be patient and allow additional travel time,” Mr Collins said.

“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on a green dot, practise good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where possible, and we strongly recommend wearing a mask,” Mr Collins said.

Express trains to Olympic Park will leave Central and Penrith regularly from around 2pm, with return services running frequently after the game. Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses will also be running on all routes with services starting from 2pm, and return services after full-time.

“Enhanced cleaning continues across the entire public transport network, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the network, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”

“You will likely encounter longer wait times, so please be patient. I advise our customers to use Trip Planner, download the Opal Travel App or a third party app to monitor bus, train, ferry and light rail timetables and to see if your mode of transport is at capacity.

Gates open at 3:15pm, with the Women’s NRL Grand Final kicking off at 4:05pm, before the main game at 7:30pm.

“We encourage fans to arrive early, enjoy the earlier game and pre-game entertainment. There are also plenty of food & beverage options open in the precinct for a pre-match meal or drink,” Mr Collins said.

To avoid the queues for transport services and wait times leaving car parks after the game, fans are encouraged to enjoy the post-match show from their seats. Match stats, player interviews and more – will all be shown on the big screens. Food and beverage outlets both inside the stadium and around the precinct will also remain open.

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