Darwin’s TIO Stadium is set to come alive on ANZAC Day Eve when the Parramatta Eels take on the Brisbane Broncos.
The game, one of the biggest in the NRL season, was scheduled to take place this year, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set to be held on Friday, 23 April 2021, the fixture is part of the NT Government’s partnership with the Parramatta Eels, which has been extended to 2022.
Parramatta Eels Chief Executive Jim Sarantinos said he was pleased to celebrate the extension of the partnership with such a blockbuster future.
“The NRL’s ANZAC Round is a special part of the NRL calendar, and it will be a great opportunity to showcase the NT and Darwin to a national primetime audience on such an important weekend for all Australians,” he said.
“There are so many communities across the NT where Rugby League plays a strong role and a contribution to the everyday lives of Territorians, and the Eels feel very privileged to continue to play a part.
“The Eels now have one of the longest-standing partnerships with the NT Government of any professional sporting club and we look forward to growing this partnership even further in the years to come.”
Parramatta Eels players will undertake community engagement initiatives in the Territory, and host events for aspiring junior players as part of the pathway programs to the NRL.
The fixture will be broadcast on live free-to-air television through Channel 9 to audiences across the country.
Like many major sporting events, including Supercars and AFL games, the Territory will welcome fans from interstate to enjoy the game in the Top End peak season and spend time in the Territory.