Fans are reminded to keep the family rivalry going until 2022

NSW Police are urging footy fans to keep the family rivalry alive and behave responsibly ahead of this weekend’s NRL Grand Final.

Penrith Panthers will take on Parramatta Eels at the Accor Stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park for the deciding game which kicks off at 7.30pm this Sunday (October 2, 2022).

Police will launch a high-visibility operation, including officers from across the Southwest metro area; they will be assisted by specialized police to ensure the safety and security of officials, players and the approximately 80,000 spectators who will be present.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. for preliminary matches and entertainment, and participants are asked to arrive early.

Security guards will help the police target troublemakers, anti-social behavior and alcohol-related crimes in the stadium, and ensure that all fans get to and from the stadium safely.

Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said that with two groups of very passionate fans involved in the grand finale, the police operation is in place to ensure everyone enjoys themselves safely and without fear of anti-social behavior or criminal.

“Those who choose to do the wrong thing will be dealt with quickly; it could mean expulsion from the ground and/or prohibition notices, fines or even criminal charges,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“Spectators should be considerate of each other during post-match celebrations and whether your team wins or loses, there is no excuse for violence, bullying or anti-social behavior.

“To everyone celebrating across the state, I would like to remind you to drink responsibly, know your limits, and keep an eye out for your friends,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

Additionally, officers from the North West Metropolitan Area will carry out a high visibility operation – comprising both general duty and specialist policing – as additional crowds are expected at many venues and locations in Parramatta and Penrith.

To help avoid disruption and disappointment, spectators are asked to plan their trip in advance and to use public transport services.

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

Motorists traveling to Sydney Olympic Park are reminded to reserve parking in advance and allow plenty of travel time and to expect significant delays, particularly around the venue before and after the game.

For all special event traffic information and live traffic reports, see the Live Traffic website for details: www.livetraffic.com.

Assistant Commissioner Smith also encouraged ticket holders to check entry requirements and allow plenty of time to enter the stadium.

Further information on the venue, including entry requirements and parking availability, can be found on the event page at: https://accorstadium.com.au

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