Eels-Wests Tigers Easter Monday clash to sell out months in advance



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    Eels-Wests Tigers Easter Monday clash to sell out months in advance

    FEBRUARY 14, 2019

    This is the hottest ticket in Australian sport for a rugby league blockbuster that will be the fastest sell-out in the history of the game.

    Tickets go on sale on Friday for the grand opening of the magnificent western Sydney stadium on Easter Monday when the Parramatta Eels host the Wests Tigers.

    Still three months from the game, only 12,000 seats remain at the newly named Bankwest Stadium with 18,000 having already allocated to Eels season ticket holders and sponsors.

    Footy fans can’t wait to get into the new Bankwest Stadium.

    Parramatta and Wests Tigers members and Eels junior league clubs will get the first option to purchase tickets with the remainder open to the general public on Tuesday.

    It will sell out within hours.

    “No game has ever sold out that far in advance,” declared rugby league historian David Middleton.

    Rugby league’s off-season of shame will be temporarily forgotten as diehard footy fans scramble for tickets to the historic opening event at western Sydney’s new showpiece venue.

    General admission family tickets are available for as little as $50. The cheapest adult ticket is $27.50.

    Both sets of players will surely feed off the atmosphere. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

    Such is the excitement around the 30,000-seat stadium which is nearing completion, the Eels’ top three membership categories - platinum, gold and club house – are completely sold out.

    All eastern grand stand sections for Parramatta’s season ticket holders sold out weeks ago.

    This is extraordinary for a club that ran last and collected the wooden spoon in 2018.

    The Eels v Tigers clash on Easter Monday is the first of nine Eels home games in 2019.

    “We can’t wait,” said Eels co-captain Tim Mannah, “We’ve been here for over 70 years and it holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of the Eels faithful. This is exactly where the players, members and fans want to be.”

    Let’s hope Eels fans finally get something to cheer about. Photo: AAP Image/Jono Searle

    The stadium that fans have been crying out for in rugby league’s Western Sydney heartland is more than 90 per cent complete and is scheduled to open mid-April.

    The proximity of the seats to the pitch and steeper grandstand design mean fans are closer to the action than ever before. An enclosed seating bowl has been designed to create a continuous wall of sound which will make for an amazing atmosphere at games.

    The Eels’ Round 8 Sunday afternoon clash against the Dragons on May 5 is also on sale from today (Friday) and destined to be another sell-out.

    Wests Tigers will play four home games at the venue, with their first against the Raiders on Friday, June 7.

    The NSW Waratahs will play the first of three Super Rugby games at Bankwest Stadium on April 27, while Western Sydney Wanderers will play their first game against English club Leeds United on July 20.

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  • Not even bothering



  • NRL showing its intelligence again

    Lets put a 35000 -40000 crowd into a 30000 seat stadium

    That’s just too smart for me



  • @happy_tiger:

    NRL showing its intelligence again

    Lets put a 35000 -40000 crowd into a 30000 seat stadium

    That’s just too smart for me

    It’s ok as a one off, hopefully they don’t do it again though.



  • You want a big Sydney clash to open the stadium. Your not going get much excitment about a parra v gold coast game.
    Just googled the last 2 years attendances. 30,420 last year and 28,249 in 2017.



  • Constant complaints about going to a stadium half full with 40k now complaints about a sell out ! Make no mistake this Stadium is the answer to one of our clubs major hurdles …hopefully will get a couple of tickets in presale Monday morning !.



  • Score Prediction- We smash em 😄



  • @Snake:

    Constant complaints about going to a stadium half full with 40k now complaints about a sell out ! Make no mistake this Stadium is the answer to one of our clubs major hurdles …hopefully will get a couple of tickets in presale Monday morning !.

    I agree fully!



  • When do the tickets go on sale? I was told 10am by our membership team, but the ticketek website is showing 2pm.



  • Am I correct WT members have to wait to Monday…. Three days after Parra members?
    Pretty crap that





  • That is the way I read it , hopefully can get a couple of tix.



  • One of the games was heavily rain affected or something happened from memory that caused numbers to be heavily reduced

    Wonder how much how the school holidays are set up affects crowd numbers as well



  • One of the reasons for the higher crowds at this game was that it was next to the easter show. Taking it away from ANZ stadium may cause it to drop back to being a 20-25k game.



  • @happy_tiger:

    One of the games was heavily rain affected or something happened from memory that caused numbers to be heavily reduced

    Wonder how much how the school holidays are set up affects crowd numbers as well

    Well whatever happens this game will get 30k at Bankwest. We’re gonna be part of the opening to Sydney’s best stadium, I feel your looking to hard to find a negative.



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