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Front entrance of GIO Stadium (western side) - 1 APRIL 2017 - Australian National Rugby League (NRL) Round 5 - Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels. Match was played on a Saturday evening at GIO Stadium

After Friday night’s match against the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium, the Canberra Raiders will play at home just once in the eight-week period that follows, which includes five away games and two weekends’ off for the representative round and a bye.

Given the upcoming absence from home football, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is urging fans to make their presence known on Friday and get out to support the team.

“The next block of games are crucial to our season and we want to keep up our strong momentum on Friday night against Manly,“ Stuart said.

“There’s nothing better than playing in front of a big and passionate home crowd and we are hoping for a huge turnout on Friday night, especially since we won’t be playing many home games over the next couple of months.”

The Raiders next home game after Friday will be in Round 12 against the Sydney Roosters, on May 28.

Friday’s match kicks off at the new timeslot of 6pm, and the Raiders are encouraging fans to ask their bosses for early leave passes from work to make it to the stadium in time. A #FridayFreePass can be downloaded here

There are heaps of things happening at the game on Friday, including the traditional ANZAC Ceremony before kick-off of the NRL match, which Australia’s Federation Guard and the Royal Military College will conduct.  Defence personnel are able to attend the game for free - more information is available here.

Tickets to Friday night’s match between the Raiders and Manly are available from Ticketek

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.