The Raiders return home to GIO Stadium this Sunday when they take on the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium.

With a big crowd expected, members and fans are being encouraged to get to the ground early to avoid any queues or delays prior to kick-off.

Timings

Sunday, August 11, GIO Stadium Canberra

Gates Open: 11.45am

NRL Touch Semi-Finals

Women’s match – Broncos v Titans 12.00pm

Men’s Match – Knights v Tigers 12.40pm

NRL – Raiders v Roosters: 2.00pm

Tickets

Tickets to the match are available from Ticketek

Remember that pre-purchasing tickets is cheaper than buying at the gate!

Fans on the field Post match

At the end of the match this weekend members and fans will be allowed on the ground. Simply wait for the second siren and directions from the Ground Announcer on the day. Entry will be permitted from Southern Tunnel and designated entry points only. 

Match Day Sponsor: McDonalds

Thanks to Match Day Sponsor McDonald’s, the Maccas Kids Zone will be activating in the West Forecourt with face painting and a jumping castle available for the kids. We also have the Maccas Match Day Performance pre-game and the Maccas Powerplay during the game. At halftime we will have the McDonalds kicking challenge, with four lucky participants in the running to win some great prizes!

Match Day Charity – Ronald McDonald House Canberra

Match Day Charity RMH Canberra is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children. Through their accommodation and support services, they strive to keep families together when life gets turned upside down due to a child’s illness. Volunteers from RMH Canberra will be selling green wigs for $12 and will also be collecting donations around the ground for this worthy charity.

For more information on RMHC Please visit RMH Canberra

Missing Persons Week

The NRL team will be wearing yellow socks to promote awareness around National Missing Persons week. Staff from the Australian Federal Police will be onsite raising awareness for this important cause.

For more information please visit missingpersons.gov.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 #182 Matt Gafa. Matt played 42 matches for the Raiders between 1997 and 2005.  

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)

Round 14: Paul Martin (Raider #79)

Round 18: Steve Jackson (Raider #89)

Round 21: Matt Gafa (Raider #182)

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 game day activation's, competitions, and giveaways.

This weeks main members lounge will be on the West side of GIO Stadium.

West Member Lounge details for Sunday:

- Accessible from Gates Open (11.45am)

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

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

- Member discount rates upon presentation of card for drinks: (1.00pm-1.30pm)

- Interview with Viking Ambassador Matt Gafa #182 at 1.00pm

East Member Lounge details for Sunday:

- Accessible from Gates Open (11.45am)

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

- Member discount rates upon presentation of card for drinks: (1.00pm-1.30pm)

- FREE pool table & table tennis

Members Discounts

- Members 10% Food Discount

- Members 20% Merchandise Discount

Pre-Game Entertainment

Gates open at 11.45am Sunday and we start the day with two NRL touch semi-finals! First up is the Women’s match at 12.00pm between the Broncos and Titans, followed by the men’s semi-final at 12.4pm between the Knights and Tigers.   

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.

In the East Forecourt we’ll have the Raiders inflatable Viking Ship.

IMP Junior Concert Band will be performing in the West Forecourt.

This week’s McDonald’s Match Day dance performance will be by Fresh Funk

There is also a special National Zoo and Aquarium activation in the forecourt for fans to check out.

NRL development officers will be promoting the new League Stars program in West Forecourt so drop by and check it out. 

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 Matt Gafa.

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.

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

We’ve also got the McDonald kicking challenge where four participants will have the chance to win!

And the popular Duxton Dance Cam will be at halftime 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 four merchandise outlets at GIO Stadium, full of the latest Raiders merchandise to show your support for the team! The outlets are located outside the west gate, 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 on Sunday, 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.

Report it to Sort it

If you notice any anti-social, discriminatory behaviour or other issues at the match, please text “Assist” to 0455 883 228 for assistance. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will likely result in exclusion from the venue.

Bag Searches

To ensure the safety of players and fans, all bags will be checked at the gate, so please arrive early to avoid delays. Please remove jackets, blankets and other bulky items from your bag prior to entry.

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?

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Festival to Canberra!

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

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 on the Canberra Rex Ad banner above 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 Ticket Box.

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

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.