Wagga is showing there is a real appetite for the NRL in the city with fans snapping up tickets for next year’s game.
Less than two weeks after tickets went on sale for the clash between Canberra and Penrith, just under 3000 general admission tickets have been sold.
With 10,000 tickets going on sale for the May 4 clash at Equex Centre plenty of spectators have been keen to secure their place, plus take advantage of the discount for pre-purchasing.
Raiders commercial and marketing manager Jason Mathie is pleased with how sales are progressing for Wagga’s first NRL game in two decades.
“We’re very happy with ticket sales so far in that 30% of tickets have already been sold for the match,” Mathie said.
The addition of the new tiered seating will double the current permanent seating at the ground, however only general admission tickets will be made available to the public for the big game.
The Raiders said all seating has already been allocated for corporate packages and travel packages.
It means the travel packages are the only way spectators can be guaranteed a seat.
Travel packages have been designed to incorporate the two big sporting events in Wagga over the week with the Wagga Gold Cup run on May 3.
They include entry to the races, two nights accommodation, grandstand seating to watch the game at Equex Centre plus a “Wagga pack” and the chance to win a signed Raiders jersey.
Packages start at $540 and vary to around $1000 depending on accommodation style and facilities utilised at Murrumbidgee Turf Club for two adults.
They’re designed to attract out of town supporters to get a taste of what the city has to offer.
“The Wagga Council have put together some great travel packages as well for the game and we encourage people to grab some tickets for their friends and family ahead of Christmas,” Mathie said.
The strong ticket sales come after it was revealed hosting the game in Wagga has cost the Raiders $150,000.
They were fined by the ACT Government for the breach in their deal to have every home game played at Canberra Stadium.
It's understood the Raiders were disappointed with the government's decision and the club will seek a different arrangement when their contract expires after 2020.
However as part the deal to bring the NRL to Wagga with council, the city will host another NRL game in 2020 with an option for another in 2021 available.