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Game Day Guide: Raiders v Sharks

The Toyota Forklift Raiders take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks this Sunday night in the first home game of the year.

Check out our Game Day Guide for all the information you need ahead of game day!


Sunday March 19, GIO Stadium Canberra

Please note due to extreme weather predicted, kick-off times for lower grades have been amended to accommodate drink breaks. 

Gates Open: 1:45pm

Jersey Flegg - Toyota Forklift Raiders v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 1:55pm

NSW Cup - Toyota Forklift Raiders v Newtown Jets: 3:40pm 

NRL - Toyota Forklift Raiders v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 6:15pm

Game Day Sponsor: Austbrokers Canberra 

The Round 3 triple-header match day is proudly presented by Austbrokers Canberra.

Austbrokers Canberra are proud to be the insurance broker of choice for the Canberra Raiders for over 30 years.

Thanks to Austbrokers Canberra for their continued support of the Canberra Raiders.

Game Day Charity: RSL ACT

Our 50-50 Charity Raffle proceeds from Round 3 will be going to our Game Day Charity, The Returned and Services League of ACT.

Raffle tickets will be available online and to purchase at the game, with 50% of the prize pool going to one lucky winner and the remaining amount (minus processing fees) to the charity.

Donations this round will assist The Returned and Services League of ACT to provide support, network and community for veterans and their families. They play an integral role in connecting veterans to services, developing social networks, enhancing support services, and providing practical support.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online via and at the game on Sunday evening.

The lucky winner will be drawn in the second half of the NRL Round 3 match, Raiders v Sharks.

Game Day Theme: Multicultural Round

We believe it is our differences that make us stronger as a unit – on and off the field – and these differences deserve to be respected and celebrated.

In Multicultural Round, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity that makes Rugby League the greatest game for all.

The Toyota Forklift Raiders have six local Multicultural performers engaged to entertain the Forecourts and during NRL half-time. These include:

  • Canberra Hellenic Dancers
  • Canberra Dragon Dance
  • HFS Croatia
  • Fono a Samoa
  • FESS Serbian Dance Group
  • Erindale College Performance

At half-time, all performers joined by Raiders families will participate in a Harmony Lap around GIO Stadium Canberra.

Game Day Entertainment

Around the Grounds

  • Raiders Shop (West Forecourt and South Inner Bowl)
  • 50/50 Charity Raffle (Roving sellers in forecourt)
  • RSL ACT Car & Pop-up Marquee (West Forecourt)
  • NRL Wheelies Activation (West Forecourt)
  • Cronulla Sharks Merchandise (East Forecourt)
  • The Huddle (West Forecourt)


  • Macca's Mini Footy - Harden v Yass, Moruya Sharks v Roos (Half-Time NSW Cup)
  • NRL Game Preview (Ben & Cam)
  • Member Birthday Shoutout
  • Viking Clap Ceremony led by Australia's Federation Guard and Viking Ambassador, The Hon. Dame Annette King (New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia)
  • Guard of Honour (first half run on)


  • Macca's Powerplay
  • Denman Prospect Points for Cash


Toyota Forklifts Greatest Fan Cam

Make sure you grab your free viking hat at the game. Wear this viking hat and if the camera lands on you at half-time, you could win a $500 Raiders Shop voucher.


  • Duxton Cam Giveaway
  • Multicultural Performance
  • Harmony Lap
  • Raiders Families Guard of Honour (second half run on)


Toyota Forklifts Signed Football Giveaway

Following the match on Sunday, the Raiders NRL team will be handing out some Toyota Forklifts Raiders footballs to the crowd. There are 17 available following each home game, so stick around after full-time and see if you can score one! 

Ticketing Information

Purchasing Tickets

Casual tickets can be purchased via Ticketek:

Tickets will be available at the gate, however, we strongly encourage everyone to pre-purchase online for ease of entry and to avoid having to wait in queues.

Casual tickets are cheaper to buy than at the gate. 

Conditions of Entry Updates

Many of the stadium Conditions of Entry have been updated, you can find a full list of updates at

Patrons who throw articles or gain unauthorised entry onto the field of play will be evicted and may be liable for prosecution. Fines of up to $8000 apply.

Ticket Assistance on Game Day

Any ticket holder that cannot find their ticket that they purchased via Ticketek can visit the Ticketek Box Office to have their ticket re-issued. Proof of identification will be needed to print off replacement tickets for the day.

Experience Opportunities

  • Member Vikings
  • Junior Viking
  • VIP Viking
  • Guard of Honour 
  • Guard of Honour (2nd Half)
  • Coin Toss
  • Warm-Up 

Food Outlets 

The Huddle 

Let’s Meet at The Huddle!’

Game days are about to heat up as GIO Stadium Canberra welcomes ‘The Huddle’ - our new outdoor entertainment hub for Raiders game days!

Come pre-game (from gates open) and stay after the game to enjoy delicious snacks, cold refreshments, and quality entertainment.

You’ll find The Huddle located in prime position behind the Mal Meninga Stand on the western side of the venue.

We hope you’ll join us for the first home match on 19 March, when the Raiders take on the Sharks - and, for every Raiders home match this season.

For more information on The Huddle and for other food options available at GIO Stadium Canberra, click here

Merchandise Outlets

Raiders Shop outlets will be open on the West Forecourt and South Concourse.

The West Forecourt outlet will be open from gates (2pm) and the South Concourse will be open from 3:30pm.

Both outlets will close at the end of NRL half-time (approx. 7:05pm).

Cronulla Sharks merchandise is available at the East Forecourt.

Membership Information

Membership Enquiries

Any current members with enquiries on the day can visit the membership booth at either the East or West ticket boxes from gates open until NRL kick-off.

Membership Game Day Access

Ticketed Members can use either their digital membership card or physical plastic membership card (if they have purchased one) to scan in at the turnstiles on game day (excluding Flexi 3 members). If you have any issues scanning in on Game Day, please visit our membership staff at the box office. We highly recommend downloading your digital membership card to your phone and saving a screenshot as a back up prior to arriving at GIO Stadium Canberra on game day in case you have internet access issues at the venue.

Members Discounts

·        Members 10% Food Discount

·        Members 10% Merchandise Discount


Paid parking is in place for this match at $10 per vehicle. Early-bird parking is applicable at $5 per vehicle until 45 minutes prior to NRL kick-off.

Overflow parking is available from 2pm 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. Please consider car-pooling to alleviate traffic congestion as parking will be limited. 


Victor and Velda are using public transport to get to this week’s game, and you can do the same.

Buses will be running to and from GIO Stadium Canberra. For bus timetables and more info, click here.

Visit Canberra 

Canberra has you covered with breathtaking scenery and family fun to world-class art and food second to none.

Scratch below the surface and discover the array of scenic, adventurous, and surprising activities on offer for the whole family. Dig into an arts and culture scene where national attractions and blockbuster exhibitions spark curiosity and local storytellers and community galleries leave you inspired and fulfilled. Take your time to explore Canberra’s eclectic mix of dining styles and cuisines as you indulge in unique foodie experiences that will truly get tastebuds tingling.

Start planning your trip today:


Home Match Accommodation - Book now with the Canberra Rex Hotel

The Canberra Raiders have partnered with the Canberra Rex Hotel for the 2023 season.

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

 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




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Watching the Match

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

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

Overseas fans can watch via Watch NRL.

Updates from the matches will be on the Raiders' Twitter page. 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 - Mix 106.3

2CC Radio - 1206 AM 

ABC Grandstand - 666 ABC AM 


Should anyone have any post-match feedback from the game day, please contact our staff during business hours on 02 6253 3515 or email

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.