'Sell-out' expected for NRL trial at new-look stadium
RUGBY LEAGUE: The NRL pre-season match at the new-look Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday is expected to attract 8500 fans.
Almost 80% of tickets have been snapped up for the clash between Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors (5pm) and the rest are likely to be taken before gates open.
"I am anticipating a sell-out crowd,” stadium manager Simon Ball said.
"Ticket sales are going extremely well and if anyone wants to ensure that they get to be a part of the first event in our new stadium I would be advising them to get tickets early.
"Don't rely on the walk-up availability.”
The venue, which now boasts hills on its northern, eastern and southern edges to complement the western grandstand, is much more intimate than it previously was.
"You can be quite close to the action on all sides,” Ball said.
There's also a new big screen, pathways and irrigation and there's upgrades to drainage and lighting.
The stadium will be almost complete by the time the game kicks off, with just some soft-scaping work to be done in coming weeks.
The capacity will be for more than 10,000 fans but 8500 tickets were released for the NRL trial.
"(That is) due to this being the first event (at the venue) and some minor works (that have) not been completed,” Ball said.