Friday night lights: Time and date locked in for Finals footy

Nathan Cleary. Photo: NRL Images.
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The NRL has confirmed that the week one Finals blockbuster between Penrith and Parramatta will be played at BlueBet Stadium on Friday night at 7.50pm.

The Panthers will kick-off the Finals series at home in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd. Tickets go on sale to members at 10am tomorrow.

The NRL’s confirmed Finals schedule sees the Storm and Raiders play at AAMI Park on Saturday at 5.40pm, with the Sharks and Cowboys to do battle at PointsBet Stadium from 7.50pm. Sunday will see an epic elimination showdown at Allianz Stadium with the Roosters to host the Rabbitohs.

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said that we are in for another exciting finals series, with every match providing an unpredictable outcome.

“The 2022 season has been entertaining, with the outcome of the final eight positions being decided on the final day of Round 25,” Mr Abdo said.

“Fans have shown their support for the game with great attendance and viewership numbers. We have had over three million fans attend games and our TV audience is up seven per cent for the regular season compared to last year.

“It all sets up for an unpredictable and enticing four matches in week 1 of finals. Fans in Sydney will get three massive games, while fans in Melbourne will get to experience their first Finals match since 2019.”

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo. Photo: NRL Images.

Penrith members will receive an email from the club before 10am tomorrow confirming details on how to purchase tickets. There will be an exclusive members window for both Penrith and Eels members starting at 10am, with general public tickets will be on sale from 10am Tuesday.

For those unable to get a ticket, both Fox Sports and Nine will broadcast the game live.

Parramatta have beaten Penrith twice this season and both sides will be full strength for the showdown, which will be one of the biggest games ever hosted at the iconic venue.

The Panthers and Eels have never met in a Finals match in Penrith.

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