What to expect when the Sydney Roosters play the Newcastle Knights
More than 80,000 people have been in Sydney for the NRL premiership series between the Roostards and Knights.
It was the biggest crowds ever for an NRL game in Australia.
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With a game at Metricon Stadium, it is the NRL’s largest crowd to ever attend a Sydney-based NRL game.
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The NRL has set up a hotline for fans to report any issues that occur during games and the Roasters’ team management has also issued a message on social media, telling fans to stay off the roads and avoid drinking and driving.
The Roostars and Knights were due to play on Sunday, but were cancelled after the Queensland Government issued a warning to tourists about the risks of boozing at the weekend.
In Sydney, thousands of Roostering fans attended a rally outside the MCG to highlight the dangers of boos and boozer behaviour.
It is not the first time the NRL has come under criticism from the Queensland Tourism Council for not doing enough to prevent boozers.
In February, a Queensland Tourism Authority spokesperson said they did not “expect” the game to be cancelled.
However, the Queensland Council of Social Services said it was “unlikely” the Roasters and Knights would be cancelled, with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) “confident” the police would have a presence at the stadium.
“We will be monitoring the situation, and we have an operational team that is going to be there,” Queensland Council spokesman Ian Renton said.
“But we will not be able to confirm a cancellation of the game.”
The Rooster’s manager and club chief executive, Tony Ritchie, said the club had been informed the Roo would be playing against the Knights, but said there was no timetable for when the match would start.
“There will be a couple of hundred people there and there will be about 400 on the ground, so we’re just waiting for the venue to be announced,” he said.
The NSW government said it had been in contact with Queensland authorities, and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had urged people not to drink and drive on weekends.
“It is very important for people to stay home, not to drive and it’s also important for drivers to be aware of the dangers they are putting themselves in,” she said.
“It’s always a good idea to check your surroundings.”