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Game Day Guide: Raiders v Rabbitohs

The Raiders take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night at GIO Stadium Canberra in an historic Preliminary Final fixture.


Friday September 27, 7.40pm, GIO Stadium

Box Office Open: 5.30pm

Gates Open:  6.00pm

NRL: Raiders v Rabbitohs 7.40pm


Tickets for this match are SOLD OUT

Box offices at GIO Stadium will open at 5:30pm

Ticketek is the only authorised ticketing agent for the match. Tickets purchased through 3rd party on-sellers such as Viagogo, E-Bay, Gumtree etc. may not gain entry into the event. Please go to the box office if you experience any issues with your ticket.

Viking Clap

The Viking Clap will be happening on Friday night! Our Viking Ambassador will be former Captain Raider #51 Dean Lance. Dean played 160 matches for the club between 1984 and 1990 and is a two-time premiership player.

Dean will blow the Huawei Viking Horn to start the Viking Clap and bring our team out on Friday night!


Please remember membership cards will not permit entry on Friday night. You must have a relevant match ticket. 

Please note due to this being an NRL Finals match, there will be no access to the West Lounge for members or fans. This area will be used for NRL corporate functions and will only be allowed access with relevant ticketing.

The East Lounge will be open for all patrons.

2020 memberships will be on sale in the Western Forecourt via the Raiders membership trailer. Remember becoming a member gives you priority access for 2020 finals ticketing!

Members Discounts

There will still be a 10% discount for Raiders members on food thanks to GEMA catering upon presentation of your 2019 Membership card. 

Due to it being an NRL run event, there will be no members discount on 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.

Getting to and from GIO Stadium

Free Buses

Free chartered bus services depart from Tuggeranong, Woden, City, Belconnen and Gungahlin interchanges. For more information and schedules visit the Q-city website at: closer to the date. Buses will drop off and pick up at the EAST GATE ONLY. If you are staying close to a major centre or plan on heading out after the match, catch the bus to and from the venue for free!

Buses on regular Transport Canberra routes will also be free after 4pm upon presentation of your ticket.

Light rail will also be free after 4pm on display of match ticket which is useful for anyone travelling from Downer / Watson / Dickson area to get to a free charter bus at either Gungahlin or the City.


Limited public parking is available at GIO Stadium car parks for $10 per vehicle payable by CASH ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Updates will be sent via GIO Stadium social media accounts when the car park is close to full. Patrons seated in bays 22 – 32 and bays 62 – 76 are recommended to park in the EAST carpark.

On street parking is also available in the areas surrounding GIO Stadium and at CIT. Overflow parking is available for free at the University of Canberra accessed via College St. Buses (see below under venue maps) will have some capacity to pick up patrons from bus stops on College St. Otherwise it is a 20 minute walk to the stadium from UC parking areas. Please park legally and be mindful of residents when leaving.

For more information or to download the parking map visit the Travelling to GIO Stadium page.

Parking inspectors may be active!

- Park legally

- Don’t park on nature strips

- Parking is limited – arrive early

- If parking in the surrounding area, please be respectful of residents

- Parking is $10, payable by cash only ($7 prior to 6:45pm)

- Follow GIO Stadium social media for updates

- If you have a disability parking pass please ensure this is displayed appropriately.

Dropping Off and Picking Up  

Drop off and pick up areas are available on Leverrier St. in front of the AIS Visitors centre or AIS Arena. Vehicles dropping off or picking up or dropping of patrons will need to enter via the north end of Leverrier St from Ginninderra Drive. There is no allocated pick up or drop off area on the East side of GIO Stadium.

By Taxi                

Taxis will drop off and pick up at the taxi rank outside the WEST gate only. Taxis are not permitted to drop off or pick up on the East side of GIO Stadium.

By Rideshare / Uber

Drop off and pick up areas are available on Leverrier St. in front of the AIS Visitors centre or AIS Arena. Use “AIS Arena” or “AIS Visitors Centre” as your destination and pick up location, PLEASE DO NOT use “GIO Stadium” due to traffic controls in place on match day. There is no allocated pick up or drop off area on the East side of GIO Stadium.

Traffic and General Information

Please be patient and drive carefully as you enter and exit GIO Stadium - traffic delays are expected. Please be aware that due to the size of this event taxi and rideshare services will likely see heavy demand, especially after the event.

Entering the Stadium

Please have your ticket ready to scan. All bags are subject to search and there will be express lanes for patrons without bags. Check conditions of entry to see what you can and can’t bring.

If you have selected ezyTickets as your delivery method, please ensure tickets are printed and you have one barcode per person.

If you have a mobile ticket, please ensure your barcode is ready to scan and the backlight on your phone is turned up.

Prohibited / Restricted Items:

  • Umbrellas (please bring a jacket or poncho instead)
  • Aerosol items (including aerosol sunscreen)
  • Glass, cans or alcohol
  • Commercial food
  • Professional photography equipment
  • Please refer to GIO Stadium’s conditions of entry for more information.

Finding Your Seat

Please refer to venue maps located throughout the venue and follow signage to access your seat. Customer service and security staff will be happy to help guide you. Extra food and beverage outlets are available on the in the forecourt areas.

Standing Areas

Standing areas are marked on the concourse and area available on a first come, first served basis. Standing outside of these areas is not permitted and security will ask you to move. Additional standing areas are available in forecourt areas and the unreserved bleacher seating provided at the South end of the stadium may be used by standing ticket holders. Please do not stand where “no standing” signage is present as security will ask you to move.

Food, Beverage and Stadium Amenities

Maps and signage will be on display throughout the venue. There will be additional bars, toilets and vendors set up throughout the venue so please take note of their locations.

All food concessions will be open from gates open CLICK HERE for more information


No ATM’s area available at the venue – all vendors accept card payments.

Wheelchair access

Information about wheelchair access can be found on the Seating Plan page. Customer service and security staff will be happy to help guide you.

Report it to sort it

We are committed to providing a safe environment for all. To report an issue, simply text “assist” to 0455 883 228. Alternately you can report issues to our security and customer service staff.

Please note that information provided is subject to change. Please check this page the day of the match to ensure you have the latest information.

Venue Maps

Watching the Match

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

Raiders Clubs

All of the Raiders licenced clubs will be showing the matches on their big screens

Raiders Belconnen

Raiders Weston

Raiders Gungahlin

Mawson Club

Queanbeyan Leagues Club

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

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

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


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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.