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Game Day Guide: Raiders v Sharks

All the information you need for the Raiders v Sharks at GIO Stadium this Sunday thanks to Match Day Sponsor McDonald's ACT.

Sunday, May 13, GIO Stadium Canberra
Gates Open: 2.55pm
NRL Raiders v Sharks 4.10pm
Tickets to the match are available from Ticketek
Membership Available at

Match Day Sponsor

McDonald's ACT is the Match Day Sponsor this week and they have a stack of activities planned for members and fans attending the match Sunday.

The popular 'Maccas Kids Zone' is back in 2018 with face painting and Raiders balloons for the kids in the West Forecourt.

If the McDonald's powerplay fails in the first half of play this weekend there will be a second powerplay in the second half where you could score 2 for 1 Maccas! (Terms and conditions apply)

At half-time of the NRL match, McDonald's ACT partners, Touch Football ACT, will have two demonstration games being played. One of the matches will feature a local Indigenous team as part of NRL Indigenous round.

Match Day Charity

This week's Match Day Charity is Ronald McDonald House Canberra. This is a wonderful organisation who assists people in need by providing a place to stay while undergoing treatment in hospital. 

They will be collecting donations on both the East and West side of GIO Stadium on Sunday. They will also have 'Stress Houses' available for Mums on Mother's Day for a $5 donation.

For more information on Ronald McDonald House please visit

NRL Indigenous Round

It's NRL Indigenous Round with the Raiders wearing their Indigenous Jersey for the match.

The design of the 2018 Indigenous Jersey was adapted from Elle Binge's artwork titled Culture. The jersey represents meeting places through circles in the centre. Current Raiders players of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous backgrounds are represented through the handprints to show unity and collaboration.
These Jersey's will be Auctioned Off post-match through to raise money for the Kato Ottio Memorial Fund.

CLICK HERE for more information on the auction.

There will be a host of Indigenous recognition at the game on Sunday including:

-There will be an educational interactive art activity being run by School to Work students in the West Forecourt. Children who attend will be invited to learn about Indigenous Culture and use traditional dot painting and handprints to add to the large canvas on display.

-Indigenous Band Belle Whyte Ensemble will be performing on the East Forecourt from gates open

-Valkyrie Ambassador and female pioneer Katrina Fanning will speak with Ben and Cam pre-game on the upcoming Reconciliation Day on Monday 28th of May and the Raiders reconciliation action plan. 

-Pre-game,  Ngunnawal Elder Tina Brown will deliver the Welcome to Country. Adrian Brown will present Jarrod Croker with the Cultural gift for exchange with the Sharks captain before the NRL kick off.

-Half-time Indigenous group Wii-Maa-Lii will be playing a touch football demonstration game, thanks to McDonald's ACT and Touch Football ACT

-School to Work students will line the tunnel for the second half run on.

Viking Clap

The Viking Clap continues to be a huge part of the Raiders gameday experience, so be sure to be in your seat prior to kick-off to be part of one the NRL's best gameday activations. 

Round Nine Viking Ambassador Ruben Wiki
Round Nine Viking Ambassador Ruben Wiki

Our Viking Ambassador this week is Raider #100 Mark Bell. He played 50 NRL matches for the Green Machine and is a proud Indigenous Ambassador.

Viking Ambassadors so far in 2018

Round Two: Grant Wilson (Raiders Member)
Round Three: Velda the Valkyrie and Victor the Viking
Round Five: Les Gock (Writer: The Mighty Green Machine) 
Round Six: Bradley Clyde Raider #97
Round Nine: Ruben Wiki Raider #153
Round Ten: Mark Bell Raider #100


Every week at GIO Stadium Raiders members are at the forefront of gameday activations, competitions and giveaways.

This week's main Member Lounge interviews will be located on the Western Side of GIO Stadium.

Members can enter their details in the West Lounge until kick-off for a chance to blow the Viking Horn for Raiders tries at the next home game with three mates at the next Raiders home game against the Sea Eagles thanks to Huawei.

Austbrokers Canberra West Members Lounge

Members can gain access to the West lounge by showing their membership card, accreditation or ticket.
Please note the Northern end of the West Lounge will be closed from Gates Open until the conclusion of Halftime of the NRL Match, as it is a new corporate facility for the 2018 season.

- Accessible from Gates Open (2.55pm)
- Live Interview with Viking Ambassador Mark Bell at 3.10pm and latest team news.
- Members Austbrokers Canberra Spin & Win at 3.10pm – Chance to win $50,000. Kate Krizaic is this week's lucky member!
- Mother's Day Gifts
- Snack foods available to purchase (10% discount for members)
- Member happy hour rates upon presentation of card for drinks: 3.10pm-3.40pm
- FREE Pool Table & Table Tennis
- Live music until kick off by artist Kiwi Gee

Austbrokers Canberra East Members Lounge

Members can gain access to the East lounge by showing membership card, accreditation or ticket.
- Accessible from Gates Open (2.55pm)
- Snack foods available to purchase (10% discount for members)
- Member happy hour rates upon presentation of card for drinks: 3.10pm-3.40pm
- FREE Pool Table & Table Tennis

Austbrokers Spin and Win

During the first 10 home games of the season, Austbrokers Canberra will be giving members the chance to win $50,000! Each week a member will be selected to spin the wheel and win. In 2018 there has been changes to the wheel, with every spinner taking home cash each week!

CLICK HERE for full details on the Austbrokers Canberra Members Cash Jackpot. In total $500,000 is up for grabs.

This week's Spinner is member Kate Krizaic

Austbrokers Canberra Half-Time Cash Competition

Each week for the first 10 home games, 100 green Austbrokers Canberra/ Raiders T-Shirts will be distributed at random around the ground. At the pre-game show 20 minutes before kick-off, 6 lucky attendees wearing their Austbrokers Canberra/ Raiders green shirt will be picked from the crowd.

The 6 chosen participants will take place in a non-physical half-time challenge on-field until one person remains. The remaining participant will then select 1 football out of a total of 30 numbered balls of field. This number is then cross-referenced with the winning cash amount card to determine how much the participant wins.

CLICK HERE for full details on the Austbrokers Canberra Match Day Cash Giveaways

Pre/Half-Time Entertainment

Gates open at 2.55pm this week with the NRL match kicking off at 4.10pm
There will be mini-footy pre-game this week thanks to Huawei!

Cam and Ben will be on-field pre-game with an interview with Viking Ambassador Mark Bell and will bring you all the latest team news ahead of the NRL match thanks to Channel Nine Canberra.

Pre-Game there will be a performance from Dance Central as part of the local dance school performance competition. There will also be a School Band performing in the West Forecourt.

There will also be a Local Indigenous Band Performance Elle Whyte Ensemble on the East Forecourt.
Be in your seat pre-game to enter the Coca-Cola Sing to Win promotion, where all you have to do is hold a Coca-Cola product like a microphone and sing along to the song booming around the Stadium. The winner receives a $250 Raiders Shop voucher.

We will have the Viking Horn Ceremony pre-game with our Viking Ambassador Mark Bell before we roll into the Viking Clap.

At Halftime this week there will be the ACT Touch Football exhibition matches, featuring local indigenous and women's team's thanks to Match Day Sponsor McDonald's ACT.

There will also be the Austbrokers Canberra Match Day Cash Giveaway and The Duxton Dance Cam, where you could win $100 voucher for the Duxton in O'Connor.

During the match we have the hugely popular McDonalds Powerplay and the Denman Prospect – Homes for Homes Points for cash!

At the beginning of the second half the Raiders will have students participating in the School to Work Program lining the tunnel.

Man of the Match

This season fans at GIO Stadium will have the opportunity to vote on the man of the match each week.

Keep an eye out on the big screen on match day and you can vote and possibly win a $300 voucher from Goodyear Autocare Phillip!

Post-Match Canberra Milk Footys

Each home game in 2018 local players from the Canberra Region Rugby League will meet Raiders NRL players post-match on the field of play.

They will present each player with two Canberra Milk mini-footballs which the player will sign. One footy goes to the junior player and one will be thrown into the crowd by the Raiders player to thank members and fans for their attendance.

Visit Canberra - Tips on Staying Warm at the footy!

Chances are, if you're paying a visit to Canberra during winter to support your team, you're going to be met with eyebrow raises and an empathetic shiver. But don't let the cold keep you from experiencing the thrill of sporting victory!

CLICK HERE for tips for staying warm at the next match, game or comp, if cheering on your sports team doesn't get you fired up enough.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage outlets will be open around the ground at varying times from gates open.

Don't forget, Raiders members receive 10% off food at GIO Stadium thanks to GEMA Catering.

There will be three merchandise outlets at GIO Stadium on Saturday, full of the latest Raiders merchandise to show your support for the team! The outlets are located in the East and West forecourts, and also in the Southern Inner Bowl.

The West Forecourt Merchandise outlet will be open at Gates open, with the East and South outlets open at Gates Open also.

Raiders members receive 20% off merchandise (Excluding promo and sale items) at GIO Stadium!

Getting to GIO Stadium

Public transport will be the best and easiest option to travel to and from GIO Stadium on Gameday.

CLICK HERE for the latest Public Transport Information

The Duxton at O'Connor has a meal and ticket deal available, with a bus to and from the stadium also available for $5. CLICK HERE to take advantage of this offer


There are 2 main entry points for the Stadium. Public car parking is available at a number of locations around GIO Stadium Canberra's precinct. Car parking is available at a cost of $10.00 (GST incl) per car however fans can take advantage of the new 'Early Bird Parking Offer'. Fans who get in early and arrive within the first 45 minutes after the gates have opened on match days will pay a reduced parking fee of $7.
CLICK HERE for full parking information including maps

Watching the Match

If you can't make it to GIO Stadium there are options available.

The NRL match is live on Channel Nine and Fox League Channel 502.

There is also the NRL Digital Pass available to watch the match.

Download the NRL App via Google Play or iTunes to subscribe
Updates from the matches will be on the Raiders Twitter. Make sure you are also following us on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for heaps of behind the scenes photos and videos from the match.

Listening to the Match

In 2018 there are more ways to listen. You can tune into any of the following call teams on your game day.
Raiders on Mix – Mix106.3 FM
Raiders Call Team 1206 2CC AM
ABC Grandstand – 666 ABC AM

Membership Information

Membership Enquiries:

Please visit the membership marquees at the Western Entry to GIO Stadium to purchase your 2018 memberships on game day. Memberships are also available from the East Box Office.

All membership enquiries can be made at either the East and West ticket boxes or the West membership marquee.

Membership Ticketing Replacement:

All 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.

Membership Complaints:

Should any members have a game day complaint they can visit the Membership/Ticket Collection window at the West Gate.

Any post-match complaints contact our Membership and Ticketing Manager, Angela Denton, on 6253 3515 during business hours or email

Further Membership information can be found on our website:

Raiders Membership Team – Contact us on 02 6253 3515 or

Ticketing Information

Ticket Collection: All ticket collections guaranteed for corporate/members from the Membership/Ticket Collection booth at both the East and West Gate. Ticket collections close at half-time of the NRL game.
Non-Member ticketing via Ticketek:
Game Day: Ticket booths at West/East Gates.

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.