Game day guide: Raiders v Panthers
GIO Stadium will be the place to be on Saturday, with a triple header of rugby league action complemented by heaps of entertainment and promotions happening on and around the ground. The theme for the game is ‘Members Recognition Round’, fitting given the Raiders have recently surpassed 11,000 members for the first time ever before the season starts.
Members at the game receive 10% off all food and 20% off all merchandise. Merchandise from Raiders Shop will be set up in the East and West forecourts, and also in the East Concourse. Stocked with all the latest Raiders gear, including New Era caps, make sure you stop by and check them out.
Members who attend all 12 home games in 2016 will also be in the running to win a players jersey off their back at the last home game of the season. It won’t be too late to become a member on game day, with a Raiders membership marquee located out the front of the West gate.
With temperature set to hover in the low to mid 30s for the game, members and grandstand ticket holders will have access to the West Members Lounge from 10.30am. Just show your membership card or ticket and you will be given entry to the lounge. There will be a Member lucky door prize, kids’ activities, member rates for drinks (2.00pm-2.30pm) and an interview with Assistant Coach Dean Pay when teams are announced just after 2pm.
In the west forecourt there is now a Food and Beverage Hub setup to grab some quick snacks on your way into GIO Stadium, including a simple Sausage Sandwich like you get at park footy, and you can enjoy these offerings whilst sitting down and listening to some music and watching the kids on Victor’s Viking Ship or challenging themselves on the ActewAGL Pass the Ball.
The Huawei High Ball Challenge will return at half-time of the NRL game, with Raiders members participating who were selected off our Facebook page. Huawei prizes are up for grabs for the lucky participants who will test their catching skills under the high ball. Coca-Cola and the Lighthouse Pub will also be running competitions during half-time, adding to fan engagement, so make sure you keep an eye on the big screen.
The Raiders cheer squad, The Emeralds, will return again in 2016. Make sure you are watching at half-time to see their energetic dance performance.
Match day charity
The official match day charity for round one is AFP Legacy, a non-profit organisation who provides emotional and financial support to the families of AFP members who have been killed in the line of duty or died whilst serving with the AFP. AFP Legacy is running a raffle to assist in reaching their fundraising goals. CLICK HERE for more information on the raffle and to purchase tickets.
A small band will be roving around the East forecourt before the NRL game, collecting donations for AFP Legacy.
Food and Drink at GIO Stadium
GIO Stadium has totally revamped its food options for game day, with considerably cheaper prices and more variety. Take a walk around the stadium and check out the new outlets and food on offer. CLICK HERE to read more about the cheaper prices.
All individuals who have membership enquiries can visit our Membership marquee outside the East & West Gates.
Members who have misplaced/lost their membership card can visit the Membership/Ticket Collection window located at the West Gate. Proof of identification will be needed to print off replacement tickets for the day.
Should any members have a game day complaint they can visit the Membership/Ticket Collection window at the West Gate.
CLICK HERE for all your match day information for Saturday, including kick-off times, travel tips and team lists.