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Match Day Information: Round 1

The GIANTS take on Essendon in a big Opening Round clash at GIANTS Stadium. - AFL,GWS Giants,Essendon,Sydney Showground Stadium
The GIANTS take on Essendon in a big Opening Round clash at GIANTS Stadium.

AFL Round 1

GIANTS v Essendon
Sunday, March 24, 
GIANTS Stadium

1.30pm – Gates Open
3.20pm – GIANTS v Essendon

Location 

GIANTS Stadium is located on Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park NSW, just minutes from Olympic Park Station and across from ANZ Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena.

Tickets

Be there on Sunday as the GIANTS face off against former teammate Dylan Shiel and the Bombers at GIANTS Stadium in what is set to be a huge season-opener for both teams.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

You can also call 13 28 49 or visit Ticketmaster agencies. The ticket office at GIANTS Stadium will be open from 1.30pm, located outside Gate D.

A GIANTS membership is one of the best value in any sport, CLICK HERE to see our range of packages and sign up today or head to the Membership Hub outside Gate D at the game. 

Merchandise and Memberships

You can pick up some gear from the GIANTS Membership Hub outside Gate D or from the merchandise stall both inside and outside of Gate D. Members receive 10% off all merchandise! Visit the Members Hub outside Gate D to sign up and take advantage of this members’ exclusive discount.

Everything's bigger up close with a GIANTS Membership. To join, click here.

Public Transport and Parking

Free transport on game day is included in your 2019 GIANTS membership and tickets for trains.

Bus: The following Sydney Buses services run to Sydney Olympic Park:
Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.
Route 526 runs from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf to Olympic Park. For service disruptions check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Train: The closest station to GIANTS Stadium is Olympic Park. There is a direct service between Lidcombe's platform Zero and Sydney Olympic Park. If travelling before 1pm, catch a train to Strathfield and change for service to Olympic Park, with trackworks on the line expected to be completed by 1pm. Normal services are then expected to resume, with a For the latest information, to check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner. For information about the trackworks, click here.

Ferry: Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city but services can be popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends. Check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner. GIANTS Stadium is approximately a 40 minutes walk (3.6km) from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus to the precinct.

Car: Parking is available throughout Sydney Olympic Park. Pre-purchasing tickets to these car parks recommended with the P1 carpark being within the closest proximity to Spotless Stadium. To pre-purchase parking, click here.

Pre-Match Function

Don’t miss the GIANTS’ pre-match function and NEAFL practice match at the WestConnex Centre in Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday. 

Get there at 11:30am to enjoy a range of activities for the whole family.

The team store will be open so you can get your orange on with a beanie and scarf bundle deal for $35 PLUS you can get your hands on a pair of GIANTS tracksuit pants for just $20. 

Kids (and adults) can get their faces painted as they watch the GIANTS NEAFL side - including returning ruck Shane Mumford - take on Sydney University from 12:00pm. Click here for more details.

Match Day Activities

The Fan Zone is located inside stadium gates on the Northern concourse - follow G-Man and GiGi’s footsteps inside Gate D to locate the GIANTS Fan Zone. There’s plenty on offer for every GIANTS fan, including:

- GIANTS Big Kick, GIANTS dual station with netball and AFL and the specky inflatable
- GIANTS Recruits: Show your GIANTS Recruits card at the GIANTS Recruits hub in the Fan Zone to collect your limited edition GIANTS Recruits drink bottle
- Show your true colours: Get your face painted in GIANTS colours, make your own banner and make your own pom-poms at the arts and crafts station
- Kia’s Beat the Sting: Come and visit the Kia Fan Zone were you can get game ready! Write you message of support on the cheer cards, grab a photo in the Stinger or your face painted in GIANTS colours. Also learn how you can enter into our quarter time on field race to beat The Sting, for your chance to win a Stinger!
- Toyo Tires Kick For Cash: Practice you kicking skills and see if you can kick a football into a set of Toyo Tires
- St.George: Pick up your ‘Go GIANTS' banner from the St.George promo staff and learn how to apply for a St.George Footy grant for your footy club! All thanks to the St.George Footy Grants program
- Groupon: Win at every home game by heading to the Groupon spin wheel where you could win a cool Groupon experience or GIANTS giveaways
- Head to the GIANTS Fan Hub to get your hands on great game day giveaways
- G-MAN & GiGi will be roaming the concourse near Gate D - Get close to the field during game breaks to get a photo and high-five from the GIANTS’ mascots

Quarter-Time
Kia’s Beat the Sting
Get excited GIANTS fans, because in season 2019 we have a brand new quarter time activation – Kia’s Beat the Sting. The premise is simple – one lucky contestant is going to run 200m from point post to point post along the boundary for the chance to win a brand new Kia Stinger. The catch? They have to beat The Sting.

Half-Time
We’ll be celebrating junior clubs from across the region with the annual Junior Clubs March at half-time of our round one clash with Essendon.

Three-Quarter-Time
Toyo Tires Kick for Cash
The Toyo Tires Kick for Cash is back and bigger than ever! $100,000 is up for grabs at every GIANTS home game this season. But this year, if the participant is a 2019 GIANTS Member, they’ll be kicking for an incredible $150,000! Simply post a selfie prior to the first bounce this Sunday on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #DrivenToPerform and you could be kicking for $100,000 or $150,000 at three-quarter-time.

Post-Match
Macca’s Kick 2 Kick
Kick 2 Kick is back! Thanks to McDonald’s, head on-field after the second siren and have a kick with your mates on GIANTS Stadium. Kick 2 Kick will be on at every GIANTS home game at GIANTS Stadium and UNSW Canberra Oval, thanks to McDonald’s, the official restaurant and official coffee partner of the GIANTS and AFL.

Mac for a Match
McDonald’s, the Official Restaurant of the GIANTS, is rewarding fans with a free Big Mac for each GIANTS Stadium home game win! If the GIANTS win a game at GIANTS Stadium this season, everyone who attends the match can redeem a free Big Mac on the following Monday from participating restaurants. Click here to find out more.

Match Day Partner - Kia
Kia is today’s match day partner and they are proud to sponsor the GIANTS’ AFL team. This is Kia’s first year as a GIANTS AFL partner and they are excited to celebrate the success and drive of the team. Like the GIANTS, Western Sydney is home for Kia in Australia with 25 of their 141 Australian dealers based in the Western Sydney region.

Team

The GIANTS squad will be named on gwsgiants.com.au and the Official GIANTS App at 6.20pm on Thursday evening, with the final team to be named 90 minutes before the match. 

Broadcast Information

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the Seven Network (7Mate in NSW and ACT) and on Fox Footy nationally from 3pm, and can be streamed via the AFL Live app or Foxtel Now app with a subscription purchase.

For the latest television and radio broadcast guide, CLICK HERE.

You can also follow the GIANTS on social media for game updates and behind-the-scenes content on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram @GWSGIANTS.

The official match hashtag is #AFLGIANTSDons.