Game Day Guide: Raiders v Sea Eagles

The Raiders return home to GIO Stadium this Sunday when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium.

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

There are three matches on Sunday, so plenty of reasons to get there early!

Timings

Sunday, August 25, GIO Stadium Canberra

Gates Open: 11.30am

Jersey Flegg - Raiders v Sea Eagles: 11.45am

Canterbury Cup – Mounties v Blacktown: 1.40pm

NRL – Raiders v Sea Eagles: 4.05pm

Tickets

Tickets to the match are available from Ticketek

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

Match Day Sponsor: Huawei

Canberra Raiders Major Sponsor and Match Day Sponsor Huawei are generously supporting Deaf Australia with the introduction and support of StorySign, the world's first literacy platform for deaf children.

The new technology helps to open the realm of books to 32 million deaf children around the globe. StorySign is a free mobile app that aims to help deaf children read by translating the text from selected books into sign language, helping deaf children enjoy story time as every child should.

Huawei are passionate about continuing to support this initiative. Just before the Viking Clap Ceremony, Huawei and Deaf Australia are encouraging everyone in attendance to stand and sign ‘We are Huawei Canberra Raiders’ together at the same time. Throughout the game day, we will also see Huawei Mini Footy pre-game including teams with hearing impaired athletes and the Huawei Hot Seat at the start of half-time.

Match Day Charity: Deaf Australia

Match Day Charity Deaf Australia is the deaf-led peak organisation representing deaf people in Australia. They promote advancement of human rights and equality for deaf people. Deaf Australia is for all deaf, hard of hearing and non-deaf people and organisations that use and/or accept and respect Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Volunteers will be sharing important information and collecting donations for this worthwhile organisation committed to building a better Australia for Deaf people. 

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 legendary jockey and Raiders member Malcolm Johnston.

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)

Round 23: Malcolm Johnston (Australian Jockey)

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 East side of GIO Stadium.

East Member Lounge details for Sunday:

- Accessible from Gates Open (11.30am)

- 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: (3.05pm-3.35pm)

- Interview with Viking Ambassador Malcolm Johnston at 3.05pm

- FREE pool table & table tennis

West Member Lounge details for Sunday:

- Accessible from Gates Open (11.30am)

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

- Member discount rates upon presentation of card for drinks: (3.05pm-3.35pm)

- FREE pool table & table tennis

Members Discounts

- Members 10% Food Discount

- Members 20% Merchandise Discount

Pre-Game Entertainment

Gates open at 11.30am Sunday with a triple header on offer. First up is the Jersey Flegg match between the Raiders and Sea Eagles at 11.45am followed by Mounties v Blacktown at 1.40pm. The NRL match between the Raiders and Sea Eagles will kick-off at 4.05pm.    

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.

Amaroo School Band will be performing in the West Forecourt.

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

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

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.

Just before the Viking Clap we’ll be attempting an 'unofficial'  World record, with Huawei and Deaf Australia. CLICK HERE for more information on the attempt.

And make sure you are in your seat for the Viking Clap! 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.

There will be a Deaf ACT Touch demonstration game happening at halftime. 

This week’s McDonald’s Match Day dance performance will be by PLAY – The Dance Agency

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.

We currently sit at $19,000!

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? – Canberra Writers festival

The fourth Canberra Writers Festival will be held from Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 August 2019. The program is available, and tickets can be purchased from The Canberra Writers Festival website.

Now in its fourth year, the Canberra Writers Festival has something for everyone, from the lover of fine fiction to those who wish to be entertained by Australia’s leading foodies and non-fiction authors.

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 team 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.