The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will play the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Sydney in front of a sell-out crowd, the NRL announced today.
NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said all available tickets to the match, at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, have been sold.
This means more than 80,000 fans will be part of Rugby League history as South Sydney attempt to secure their first Premiership in 43 years and the Bulldogs their first in a decade.
The last time these two sides met in a Grand Final was 1967 when South Sydney defeated Canterbury 12-10 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of more than 55,000 fans.
“Nothing quite beats the thrill of having your team in the Premiership decider but for all Rugby League fans there is a special feeling about Grand Final day,” Mr Kind said.
“The excitement has been building throughout the week and with a full house at ANZ Stadium on Sunday the atmosphere will be electric.”
The game will be supported by the NSW Government, which four years ago secured the rights to stage the Grand Final for the foreseeable future.
“The NSW Government is proud to support the NRL Grand Final, one of the largest annual sporting events in Australia, through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW,” NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said.
“In 2010 the NSW Government secured the NRL Grand Final for our State until 2019, and with a fantastic week of events and activities leading into Grand Final weekend, along with a game-day crowd consistently above 80,000, there is no doubt that the NRL Grand Final belongs in Sydney, the spiritual home of Rugby League.”
The 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will be broadcast live on Premier Sports TV in the United Kingdom.