A pre-game sell-out is expected when the Dragons return to play at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, for the first time since 1999 on May 4 for their local NRL derby with Cronulla Sharks.
St George Illawarra Chief Executive Peter Doust today urged anyone planning on attending the historic round eight clash to pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment and guarantee entry.
The NRL yesterday confirmed that the Dragons and Sharks would meet on Sunday, May 4, at 3pm at the refurbished Jubilee Oval - the first time an NRL match has been played there since August 29, 1999.
Doust said Jubilee Oval had a strictly limited capacity of 17,000 and current sales of Red V season ticket packages and general admission tickets indicated the May 4 match was likely to be sold-out well in advance.
"Season tickets for grandstand seating for all five matches at Jubilee Oval have been sold-out for some time and all that remains is limited hospitality seating and less than 200 reserved seats in the lower concourse area, as well as general admission ticket packages," Doust said.
"We strongly advise supporters to pre-purchase five-game ticket packages which are the only way to guarantee entry for all Jubilee Oval games this season."
Individual match tickets for the local derby will go on sale on Monday, April 14, from 9am. Tickets can be purchased at the receptions of the St George Leagues Club (124 Princes Highway, Kogarah) and the Steelers Club (1 Burelli St, Wollongong) or by phoning 02 4224 8744.
Doust also advised that if the match was sold-out there would be no "free list" or walk-up on the day.
"If the match is completely sold out in advance, we will be unable to admit some categories of attendees, namely junior/school players cards, or children under the age of 12 (who would normally be free on the day) unless they have a pre-purchased ticket," he said.
"Also supporters with some NRL passes, complimentary tickets cannot be guaranteed entry on the day. All of these tickets are only valid provided capacity has not been reached, and if the event is completely pre-sold there will be no 'free list' or walk-up on the day. All Red V ticket members will be guaranteed access."
Doust said work on Jubilee Oval was going to schedule and the club had appointed a venue management company which has been working with the Dragons and local authorities to implement and co-ordinate traffic and transport plans for the day.
"Shuttle buses will operate around the Kogarah precinct and designated trains from Illawarra to Carlton have been scheduled for the day," he said.
"Everything is being done to ensure all operational issues are being managed."
MATCH DAY ADMISSION PRICES - JUBILEE OVAL, KOGARAH Grandstand: $30 (No conessions) Concourse: Adult $20, Concession $12, Family $50 General Admission / Unreserved Seating: Adult $18, Concession $10, Family $40 Special - Away team season ticket holder: $8 (No concessions) Special - Family General Admission Pass: $35 (No concessions)
Note: Children 12 years and under admitted free on hill areas at Jubilee Oval subject to venue capacity.
* Family packages consist of 2 adults and 2 children 12 years and under.
* These prices applicable to walk up sales on the day only, subject to venue capacity.