The Raiders return home to GIO Stadium this Saturday when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys in NRL Indigenous Round. All the information you need is right here in our Game Day Guide.

Timings

Saturday, May 25, GIO Stadium Canberra

Gates Open: 12.30pm

Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield – Boomanulla Buffaloes v Valley Dragons: 12.45pm

NRL - Raiders v Rabbitohs: 3.00pm

Tickets

Tickets to the match are available from Ticketek

Membership Available at www.weareraiders.com.au

Match Day Sponsor: Bartercard

This week’s match day sponsor is Bartercard. Bartercard is a barter-trading system where you can barter your goods and services within the Bartercard cashless business network.      

Join us in the West Forecourt this week for the Bartercard Bucking Ball and check out the Bartercard kicking tee quadbike during the match.

For more information on Bartercard please visit www.bartercard.com.au        

NRL Indigenous Round

This weekend at GIO stadium, the club will be celebrating its links to the Indigenous community as we celebrate NRL Indigenous Round. There are stacks of promotions and activations at the venue on the day to help celebrate the contribution of Indigenous rugby league, including:

- Indigenous themed jersey

- Curtain Raiser Game featuring the Boomanulla Buffaloes 

- Welcome to Country

- Cultural Dance Performance

- Cultural Gift Exchange

- Deadly Choices forecourt Pass the Ball activation

- Reconciliation Day bus display

- Weilwun truck and van display

- Indigenous Touch Football demonstration games - halftime NRL

- Raiders Deadly Choices Partnership Launch - halftime NRL

- Indigenous Artwork on display in the members' lounges by Yarradhanarra Creations

- Viking Ambassador Ken Nagas Raider no. 146 (proud indigenous former club great)

Weilwun – Supporting Indigenous Round

Weilwun is a privately-owned company with its core focus to provide career development and sustainable long term employment for Indigenous Australians.

Weilwun services in the Civil, Mining, Construction, Recruitment, Waste Recycling, and Landscape Supplies.

Weilwun – Training Academy Program

A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step…

One of Weilwun’s key strategies to recruit and develop the Indigenous workforce is to provide accredited training through the Weilwun Training Academy. Trainees undertaking the program have access to industry-recognised mentors and supervisors to ensure their maintained improvement and ongoing learning, and facilities such as state-of-the-art simulators. Upon successful completion of the Training Academy, trainees can expect long-term, guaranteed employment with Weilwun or within the wider mining, civil, and construction sectors.

Find out more online at www.weilwun.com.au/training-academy

Match Day Charity – Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the leading organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy, and awareness in Australia.

Play your part in the fight against brain cancer by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket and you’ll go into the draw for 7 nights holiday accommodation at South Stradbroke Island, generously donated by match day sponsor Bartercard.

With an Ultimate Raiders Package on offer as second prize, including a signed jersey and coin toss experience vs the Roosters on August 11, what are you waiting for?

You can also pick up a supporter’s wristband in Raiders green. Support Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s vision of a world free of the disease which kills more children than any other in Australia, and you could be going home as a winner! Available until tickets sell out, terms and conditions apply.

- $2 wristbands

- $5 raffle tickets

- Donation collection

- For more information on the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation please visit www.curebraincancer.org.au

Viking Clap

The Viking Clap continues to be a highlight for Raiders game days! Make sure you are in your seats as the team gets ready to run on and be part of the Viking Clap.

This week’s Viking Ambassador is Raider #146 Ken Nagas. Ken is one of the clubs best Indigenous players and we’re proud to have him available in Indigenous round.  Ken played 142 matches and scored 59 tries between 1992 and 2002 and was part of the 1994 premiership winning team.

2019 Viking Ambassadors

Round Two: Chris Houghton (Raider #95)

Round Three: Chris O’Sullivan (Raider #24)

Round Five: Matthew Corkery (Raider #57)

Round Six: Phil Small (ACT Broadcaster)

Round Eight: David Barnhill (Raider #111)

Round 10: Troy Thompson (Raider #229)

Round 11: Ken Nagas (Raider #146)

2018 Viking Ambassadors

Grant Wilson (Raiders Member), Victor the Viking and Velda the Valkyrie, Les Gock (Musician), Bradley Clyde (Raider #97), Ruben Wiki (Raider #153), Mark Bell (Raider #100), Clinton Schifcofske (Raider #219), Ashley Gilbert (Raider #32), Marshall Chalk (Raider #248), Maddie Studdon (Jillaroo), Greg Robson (Former Ground Announcer), Greg Johnston (Club Membership Sponsor).

2017 Viking Ambassadors

Alan Tongue (Raider #211), Jason Croker (Raider #124), Jay Hoffman (Raider #6), Monsignor John Woods (Raiders Chaplain), Chris Seed (NZ High Commissioner), Dennis Richardson (Former Secretary Department of Defence), Gary Belcher (Raider #73), Michael Roberston (Raider #228), Bronnie Taylor (NSW, MLC), Katrina Fanning (Jillaroo), Glenn Lazarus (Raider #90)

Members

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 Eastern side of GIO Stadium.

Members Discounts

- Members 10% Food Discount

- Members 20% Merchandise Discount

- Members Beverage Price Discount ½ hour pre-game

East Member Lounge details for Saturday:

- Accessible from Gates Open (12.30pm)

- Snack foods available to purchase (10% discount for members)

- Member discount rates upon presentation of card for drinks: (2.00pm-2.30pm)

- FREE pool table & table tennis

- Interview with Viking Ambassador Ken Nagas (Raider no. 146) at 2.00pm, followed by a chat with NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.

- Lucky Door Prize draw – Chance to win the Huawei Viking VIP experience at the next home game.

West Member Lounge Details for Saturday:

This week the following activities will be happening on the Western side of GIO Stadium.

- Accessible from Gates Open (12.30pm)

- Snack foods available to purchase (10% discount for members)

- Member discount rates upon presentation of card for drinks: (2.00pm-2.30pm)

- FREE pool table & table tennis

Pre-Game Entertainment

Gates open at 12.30pm this Saturday with the main game kicking off at 3.00pm. Come early to see the Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield match between the Boomanulla Buffaloes and the Valley Dragons from 12.45pm.

Huawei Mini-footy will be happening pre-game this week, as the stars of tomorrow have the chance to play on GIO Stadium.

Every home game we’ll have the “Bartercard Bucking Ball” up and running in the West Forecourt, so drop by and give it a go!

The Maccas Kid Zone will be up and running, with a jumping castle, face painting and colouring in. This will also be available every week this season in the West Forecourt.

IMP Senior Concert band will also be performing in the West Forecourt as you make your way into the Stadium.

Cam and Ben will then take you through all the game day news and updates thanks to Channel Nine Canberra before kick-off, including an interview with Viking Ambassador Ken Nagas.

Our McDonald’s Match Day Performance will be local dance school Pointe2Pointe.

There is also a Cultural Dance performance to help celebrate NRL Indigenous round.

Coca-Cola Sing to Win is back bigger and better in 2019, with fans attending the match having the chance to win a $250 Raiders Shop voucher, by singing along to the song of the day using a Coca-Cola product as a microphone.

And make sure you are in your seat prior to kick-off for the Viking Clap! This is led by the Australian Federation Guard.

McDonald’s Powerplay

The McDonalds Powerplay is back again this year too with a new and improved feature. If it doesn’t go off in the first half, the team will get another crack during the second half to score and win for the fans attending!

Halftime Entertainment

The Huawei Hot Seat is on each home match, with one lucky fan having the chance to win a brand-new Huawei Handset! All you need to do is be sitting in your seat at halftime to potentially win.

As part of NRL Indigenous round, there will be Indigenous Touch Football demonstration games at halftime featuring local Indigenous players.

And the popular Duxton Dance Cam will be at halftime again this week, to keep you moving and grooving before the teams return to the field for the second half.

Homes for Homes Points for Cash

Every home match at GIO Stadium is a chance to raise money for the Homes for Homes charity, with Denman Prospect donating $100 for every point the Raiders score this season.

Information on Homes for Homes can be found at www.homesforhomes.com.au

ActewAGL SMS Man of the Match

This season fans at GIO Stadium will have the opportunity to vote on the man of the match each week thanks to ActewAGL. Keep an eye out on the big screen on match day and you can vote and possibly win a $100 voucher thanks to Sportsman’s Warehouse

Post-Match Canberra Milk Footy’s

Each home game in 2019, Junior Members will have the chance to come onto the field post-match and meet one of the Raiders stars.

The Junior Member will give each player two Canberra Milk mini-footys to sign, one footy goes to the Junior Member and one will be thrown into the crowd by the Raiders player to thank Members and fans for their attendance.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage outlets will be open around the ground from gates open. Follow the link here for specific F&B outlet opening times and menu listings.

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

Merchandise

There are three merchandise outlets at GIO Stadium, 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.

Opposition team apparel is also available to purchase.

Raiders members receive 20% off merchandise (Excluding promo and sale items) at GIO Stadium! www.raidersshop.com.au

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 FREE bus to the stadium CLICK HERE to take advantage of this offer

Parking

Please note due to the high level of patrons expected Saturday, GIO Stadium are encouraging the use of public transport options. Alternatively, carpooling is encouraged.

Overflow parking is available at the University of Canberra accessed via College St and buses will have some capacity to pick up on College St which is a 20-minute walk to/from the stadium.

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 ‘Early Bird Parking Offer’. Fans who get in early and arrive within 45 minutes after the gates open on match days will pay a reduced parking fee of $7.

CLICK HERE for full parking information including maps

Important Parking Information

There are rules in sport and rules when parking!

Parking safely and legally at local sporting events is important for the safety of our kids and those kids that may be attending from interstate.

Illegal and dangerous parking reduces visibility and creates a potential safety risk especially for children.

Access Canberra advises that drivers who disregard the road rules and parking signs at local sporting events risk a fine.

By parking by the rules you are keeping us all safe.

Don’t park:

· on the verge -$ 120 fine

· in no parking zones - $120 fine

· on footpaths or across driveways - $120 fine

· in bus zones - $162 fine

· in no stopping zones - $270 fine

· in mobility (disabled) spaces - $600 fine.

Advised GIO Stadium Service Changes

Stadium Management has advised the Raiders that ATMs are no longer at the venue due to low demand. All food and beverage outlets now have EFTPOS / tap and go facilities.

Additionally, as there is currently no agreement in place between TAB and the venue, TAB facilities are no longer available on site.

Rideshare & Uber

A designated drop off and pick-up area will be available on Leverrier St in front of the AIS Visitors centre or AIS Arena on the WEST side of the stadium. For Rideshare / Uber services use ‘AIS Arena’ or ‘AIS Visitors Centre’ as your destination and pick up location, please do not use ‘GIO Stadium’.

Taxis
Taxis will drop off and pick up at the taxi rank outside the WEST gate only.

Watching the Match

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

The NRL match is live on 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

Overseas fans can watch via Watch NRL

Updates from the matches will be on the Raiders Twitter. Make sure you are also following us on Facebook and Instagram for heaps of behind the scenes photos and videos from the match.

Listening to the Match

In 2019 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

ABC Grandstand – 666 ABC AM

Visiting Canberra?

In the capital, on the eve of the Reconciliation Day public holiday, some of the strongest voices in the country are coming together to honour the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

Continuing the tradition that started last year, powerhouse rapper Briggs will return to the stage along with Australian icons Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project for a celebration of Black Excellence. They will be joined on the evening by Alice Skye and Emily Wurramara for what promises to be a night of power and beauty.

CLICK HERE for more information

For everything happening in Canberra visit www.visitcanberra.com.au

ACCOMMODATION – BOOK NOW FOR THE NEXT HOME MATCH

The Canberra Raiders have partnered with the Canberra Rex Hotel for the 2019 season.

A convenient central location, with easy access to National attractions, shopping, restaurants and business precedents make the Rex Hotel the obvious choice.

CLICK HERE for Raiders preferred rates and book now to enjoy everything the Rex has to offer, as part of your match day experience.

Location: 150 Northbourne Avenue Canberra City, ACT 2612

Phone: 02 6248 5311

Membership Enquiries:

Any current members with enquiries on the day can visit the membership booth at either the East ticket box or West Membership trailer.

Membership Ticketing Replacement:

All members who have misplaced/lost their membership card can visit the Membership/Ticket Collection window located at the West or East 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 membership@raiders.com.au

Further Membership information can be found on our website: www.weareraiders.com.au 

Raiders Membership Team – Contact us on 02 6253 3515 or membership@raiders.com.au

Ticketing Information:

All ticket collections guaranteed for corporate/members can be collected 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: www.ticketek.com.au

Game Day: Ticket booths at West/East Gates.