• NSW POLICE: FANS URGED TO LEAVE RIVALRY ON THE FIELD AT 2018 NRL GRAND FINAL

26 Sep 2018

Image: South West Metropolitan Commander and Assistant Commissioner, Peter Thurtell, addresses media at ANZ Stadium ahead of the NRL Grand Final. 

SPORTS fans are being urged by police to leave rivalry on the field to ensure a family-friendly event ahead of this weekend’s NRL grand final.

Sydney Roosters will battle it out against the Melbourne Storm for Rugby League’s biggest honour – the 2018 Telstra Premiership – kicking off at 7.20pm on Sunday 30 September 2018 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

With crowds of over 80,000 expected, police will be conducting a high-visibility operation targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime to ensure the safety and security of football fans, players and officials.

The operation will include officers from South West Metropolitan Region, the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operations Support Group (OSG), Mounted Police Unit, Dog Unit, Police Transport Command, PolAir, Licensing Police and Traffic and Highway Patrol.

Police will also be working with venue security guards to ensure people heading to and from the grounds can do so free from harassment.

South West Metropolitan Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said while police are expecting die-hard football fans to show their passion, they are reminded this is primarily a family friendly environment.

“Police understand supporters are passionate about the game, but if that behaviour affects another person’s safety or enjoyment, police will intervene,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

“We expect sportsmanship on the field – so win or lose – remember to show that same level of respect to other patrons during and after the game.

“There is no excuse for violence, harassment or any anti-social behaviour. Not only will you have to deal with police, you could also face a 12-month ban from the venue,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

The community is also reminded police will be out in force from every Police Area Command and police district over the long weekend.

“Please ensure you drink responsibly and keep an eye out for your mates. We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, but think before you drink and know your limits.

“Excessive alcohol can turn anyone into an offender or a victim and one choice can impact the rest of your life,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

Police are also urging ticket holders to plan ahead and arrive early, as the large crowds will slow entry into the stadium.

“With crowds of this size, fans should expect delays – both on public transport and entering the stadium, particularly as there will be increased security and stringent bag checks.

“Spectators are reminded not to leave your bag or possessions unattended. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and if you notice any suspicious or dangerous behaviour, report it to police immediately,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

Gates open at 1.15pm with the first NRL Holden Women’s grand final commencing at 1.35pm, followed by the state championships at 3.40pm; pre-game show and activities will commence around 6.30pm.

Visit the events page at www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500 for all the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses, ferries, light rail and taxi ranks.

Motorists driving to Sydney Olympic Park are reminded to book their parking in advance and allow plenty of travel time and expect significant delays, particularly around the venue before and after the match.

For all special-event traffic information and live traffic reports, refer to the live traffic website for details: www.livetraffic.com.

Further venue information, including conditions of entry and parking availability, is available on the event page at: www.anzstadium.com.au.