The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be illuminated with iconic images of rugby league’s most historic season ahead of the NRL Grand Final.
From tonight until Sunday night the bridge’s famous pylons will be lit up with images from every single club which will tell the story of a season like no other.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo, alongside NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, will light up the Bridge after sunset this evening.
Mr Abdo said rugby league would shine brightly in the heart of the Harbour City every evening for the remainder of the week.
“This year has been an extraordinary season. The images captured in 2020 will remain etched in the hearts and minds of our players and fans for decades to come,” he said.
“The sacrifices of the Warriors, the bond between a father and son, Cameron Smith being carried off Suncorp Stadium, the brilliance of the NRLW Broncos. There are more than 40 iconic moments in an iconic season that will light up the city this week.
“Rugby League has provided an outlet to so many during a difficult period in the community and the next five nights will be an opportunity for our fans to reminisce on the year that was and the many memories of a season you could not script.”
The five-day display will also include images featuring every club and pay tribute to some of the game’s retiring players.
Mr Ayres recognised the significance of this year’s Grand Final, encouraging all sports fans to enjoy the game in celebration of what was achieved in 2020.
“For players, fans and officials alike, this year’s NRL Grand Final is the culmination of a season like never before,” Mr Ayres said.
“Sunday night will be more than a celebration of world-class sportsmanship. To be able to have up to 40,000 fans in ANZ Stadium watching the action on the field in a COVID-safe way is a credit to the people of NSW who have worked with the NSW Government to effectively manage the pandemic and facilitate public participation in major events.
“I wish our players the best of luck in the battle for the Provan-Summons trophy and, as Minister for Tourism, welcome players, officials, support staff and importantly, their fans to Sydney, the sporting capital of Australia.”
My Ayres encouraged the public to capture their own NRL Grand Final memories this week with the Sydney Harbour Bridge ahead of the Grand Final.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.