The 2024 NRL Telstra Premiership Schedule has been released and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are delighted to receive a draw that offers Members and fans plenty of diversity in viewing options.
To kick things off, the Bulldogs will go head to head with arch-rivals Parramatta in Round 1. A fierce territorial rivalry that dates back well into the 80s, this blockbuster match will be sure to make a mark on what will be a new Breed of Bulldogs kicking off their 2024 campaign. Under Saturday night lights at CommBank Stadium, this will be one away match not to miss.
Round 2 sees the Bulldogs remain on the road as we travel to Shark Park (Pointsbet Stadium) to tackle the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before we host our first home match of the season in Round 3.
Returning to Belmore Sports Ground for a signature Multicultural extravaganza, the Bulldogs will host the Titans for a Saturday afternoon, family-friendly match that will see the Club host a bunch of cultural performances, cuisines and special acts before kicking off at 3pm. A regular sell-out, we recommend getting in early to secure your seat through Membership.
Round 4 will be another blockbuster match as the Club takes on the Rabbitohs in the annual Good Friday clash, while Round 5 will mark the meeting of the Bulldogs and Roosters 20 years on from the 2004 Grand Final (the Bulldogs' last Premiership title). Round 5 will also mark the first home match of the season at Accor Stadium.
"These opening matches set us in good stead for a big 2024," said Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton.
On the back of a record Membership year and strong home crowds in 2023, the 2024 Bulldogs draw is sure to help the Club on an upward trajectory and with a good mix of time slots from a Thursday night marquee game to a mix of Friday and Saturday night games plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons, this draw really does mean that there's an opportunity for everyone to get along, and cheer on their team no matter their schedule.
For At-Home Members, they can expect to tune in to ten Fried-Night Footy (Friday Night) games, and several Saturday afternoon/night games - an entertainer's delight. Families can look to a number of afternoon timeslots that work perfectly for the kids and with the Club working towards some really exciting initiatives for home games in 2024, these afternoon timeslots promise to provide more family-fun experiences than ever before.
Round 22 will carry extra significance for the Bulldogs in 2024, as they prepare to host the NRL's Women In League Round at Belmore Sports Ground. With an NRLW submission in for entry into the competition in 2025, the Club looks forward to celebrating the advancement and growth of the women's game at home, and possibly celebrating a 2025 NRLW inclusion.
Once again headlining the draw for the Bulldogs is a regional match versus the Dolphins back in Bundaberg, Queensland for Round 24. Warburton said the Club is thrilled to be returning to the much-loved area: “Last year's event was fantastic. We enjoyed a great match against the Dolphins and this year will mark our third consecutive year in returning to the area.
"The support our Bulldogs family receives in the area is amazing, and it is a Round we look forward to every year. In 2024, we are committed to raising the bar once again and improving access for our local and travelling Bulldogs fans, as well as creating a memorable viewing and all-around enjoyable match day experience."
The Club returns to the Bundaberg region with the support of the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, and Bundaberg Council. Queensland fans will have the opportunity to see their favourite players line up on four occasions in the sunshine state this year, with matches also to be hosted in Rounds 11 (vs Raiders for Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium), 20 (vs Cowboys at QLD Country Bank Stadium), 21 (vs Broncos at Suncorp Stadium), and 24 for the Salter Oval clash.
NSW-based fans can expect to enjoy 18 games, while the Bulldogs will also travel to Melbourne for Round 6 (vs Storm at AAMI Park) and across the Tasman to play at Go Media Stadium in Round 25 against the Warriors.
"The Bulldogs are extremely pleased to be returning an additional home game to Sydney in 2024. We recognise the importance of hosting matches at our spiritual home ground in Belmore Sports Ground, while also delivering premium match day experiences through world-class stadiums such as our home ground in Accor Stadium," said Warburton.
The Bulldogs will play games in Sydney for 16 of their 24 matches (three bye rounds), two of those set to feature at Belmore (Rounds 3 and 22), while 11 home games will be enjoyed from Accor Stadium - the official home ground of the Club. The recent announcement of the Gema Group pledging to bring the best of our city’s diverse culinary culture into Accor Stadium, adds to the home-ground excitement and advantage in 2024.
Closing out the regular season for the Club will be two home games at Accor Stadium against the Sea Eagles (Round 26) and Cowboys (Round 27). To view the full Bulldogs season draw, see here.
Our pick on matches not to miss:
- Round 1 - Saturday 9 March, 2024 - Eels v Bulldogs (Away Game)
- Round 3 - Saturday 23 March, 2024 - Bulldogs v Titans (Home Game & Multicultural Round)
- Round 4 - Friday 29 March, 2024 - Rabbitohs v Bulldogs (Away Game & Annual Good Friday Clash)
- Round 5 - Roosters
- Round 12 - Thursday 23 May, 2024 - Bulldogs v Dragons (Home Game & Indigenous Round)
- Round 14 - Monday 10 June, 2024 - Bulldogs v Eels (Home Game & Annual King Birthday Bash)
- Round 22 - Sunday 4 August, 2024 - Bulldogs v Raiders (Home Game at Belmore Sports Ground & WIL Round)
- Round 24 - Saturday 14 August, 2024 - Bulldogs v Dolphins (Bulldogs Regional Fixture & Home Game at Salter Oval)
- Round 27 - Final match
To secure your seats and support a new Breed of Bulldogs as they kick off their 2024 campaign, join the Pack and pick up a Membership today.