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Fans return to Bankwest Stadium this weekend

The cheers, jeers and atmosphere are coming back to Bankwest Stadium this weekend with more than 7000 fans on their way for three separate NRL fixtures.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the NSW Government means a reduced-capacity crowd will be permitted at the Stadium, beginning on Friday night when the Parramatta Eels host the North Queensland Cowboys.

The game will mark the highest attendance at the venue since the Eels’ opening game of the NRL season on 12 March. 

On Saturday Bankwest Stadium will see the Wests Tigers host the Penrith Panthers at 7:35pm then on Sunday the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 6:30pm.

If intending to attend an event at Bankwest Stadium this weekend, fans are being asked to observe the following guidelines:

* Stay home if you are feeling unwell;

* Remain socially distanced at the Stadium;

* Practice good hygiene;

* Stay in your ticketed row and remain seated unless buying food or beverage or using the bathroom;

* Follow staff directives;

* Download the COVIDSafe App.

To assist in making the Stadium as safe and accessible as possible, the following initiatives will be put in place for upcoming events:

* Mobile Ticketing for general entry with contactless entry via Apple Wallet;

* Cashless retail operation;

* High-touch cleaning of all areas;

* Additional hand sanitizing stations.

Bankwest Stadium will implement contactless entry with Apple Wallet across the venue as the preferred mode of ticket delivery. Contactless entry with Apple Wallet will streamline the entry process for fans and limit the use of high-contact areas, making the fans experience as safe as possible. For more information on the entry process head here.

Fans are reminded to bring their debit/credit cards to the venue as Bankwest Stadium will not be accepting cash at retail outlets.

With fans coming back to the venue, Bankwest Stadium has also re-opened bookings for business, community and cultural events as operations return to normal. Almost 30,000 people attended the Stadium for events off the pitch in its first year of operation. 

Please see here for the Bankwest Stadium COVIDSafe fact sheet and measures in place this weekend.

Travelling to Bankwest Stadium

* There is plenty of parking available in Parramatta CBD within walking distance of the stadium, fans are encouraged to plan to arrive early as parking is expected to be in high demand and traffic may also be heavier than usual on roads in the area.

* NRL fans travelling by public transport are reminded that services continue to operate at a reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing across the network. Allow plenty of additional travel time and plan ahead by checking real-time capacity indicators where available as you may need to wait for the next service with available physical distancing capacity.

* Remember to practise physical distancing when on-board transport services and to look for the ‘green dots’ to find the safest places to sit or stand on-board services. Additional measures and staff will be in place around Parramatta transport hubs to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the game so be patient, practise physical distancing and follow the directions of staff on site.

* Trains will run to a regular timetable with services to Parramatta every 10 to 15 minutes. Additional services on key route buses will also run after the game. Due to reduced capacity, queues for public transport services to get you to and from the venue may be lengthy so please allow extra time.

* Fans are strongly encouraged to walk between Parramatta Interchange and Bankwest Stadium via Church St and Victoria Rd to minimise wait times for transport services. An accessible shuttle bus will operate between Parramatta Interchange and the stadium for those who require it.

* Visit transportnsw.info for details on event transport services and more information on COVID-19 travel advice.