Melbourne Storm will face Manly, Penrith and Newcastle in an exciting opening three rounds of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
The fixture, announced by the NRL today sees Melbourne play six home matches in the first 10 rounds of the season including blockbuster showdowns against the Warriors, Dragons and Sea Eagles.
Storm will open the season against Manly on Saturday 8 March in Round 1 before the club's first home game at AAMI Park in Round 2 on Saturday 15 March against Penrith at 5:30pm.
The twilight fixture promises to be a historic night for the club with captain Cameron Smith set to break Matt Geyer's club games record and fullback Billy Slater in line to play his 250th first-grade game.
Home games in Rounds 5, 6 and 15 against the Titans, Dragons and Eels presents a great opportunity for Storm families to experience first class rugby league during the school holiday period.
2013 Premiers Sydney Roosters will travel to face Storm in Round 13 on Sunday 8 June on Queens Birthday weekend. It will be the first time since March 2012 the Roosters have played in Melbourne, giving Storm fans the chance to see first hand their side go up against the defending champions.
Melbourne will face a tough run to finish the home and away season, playing five away matches between Rounds 20 and 25 before concluding the season back at AAMI Park in Round 26 against Broncos.
Storm will take centre stage on Friday night football on three occasions in the opening 20 rounds while featuring in Monday night football four times.
Craig Bellamy's side will travel interstate on 12 occasions with matches in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Townsville and Newcastle giving the club's loyal supporter bases in New South Wales, Queensland a chance to see their side in the flesh. The clubs interstate travel schedule also includes a trip to Perth against the Bulldogs at Nib Stadium in Round 4.
Fans can expect to see four games on free to air and 14 matches live on Fox in the opening 20 rounds of the season.
The bye weekends arrive for Melbourne in Rounds 11 and 17 coinciding with the first and third matches of State of Origin.
Round 1 - Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles, Saturday 8 March 7:00pm, Brookvale Oval
Round 2 - Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers, Saturday 15 March, 5:30pm, AAMI Park
Round 3 - Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights, Monday 24 March, 7:00pm AAMI Park
Round 4 - Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs, Saturday 29 March, 7:30pm, Perth
Round 5 - Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans, Sunday 6 April, 2:00pm, AAMI Park
Round 6 - Melbourne Storm v St. George Illawarra Dragons, Monday 14 April, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
Round 7 - Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 20 April, 3:00pm, Canberra Stadium
Round 8 - Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors, Friday 25 (ANZAC Day), 6:00pm, AAMI Park
Round 9 - Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles, Saturday 10 May, 7:30pm, AAMI Park
Round 10 - Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Friday May 16, 7:45pm, ANZ Stadium
Round 11 - BYE
Round 12 - Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys, Saturday 31 May, 7:30pm, 1300SMILES Stadium
Round 13 - Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters, Sunday 8 June, 3:00pm, AAMI Park
Round 14 - Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans, Monday 16 June, 7:00pm Skilled Park
Round 15 - Melbourne Storm v Parramatta Eels, Sunday 22 June, 2:00pm, AAMI PArk
Round 16 - Melbourne Storm v St. George Illawarra Dragons, Monday 30 June, 7:00pm, WIN Stadium
Round 17 - BYE
Round 18 - Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs, Saturday 12 July, 7:30pm, AAMI Park
Round 19 - Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders, Saturday July 19, 5:30pm AAMI Park
Round 20 - Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, Friday July 25, 7:45pm, Suncorp Stadium
Round 21 - Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers - AWAY
Round 22 - Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights - AWAY
Round 23 - Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks - HOME
Round 24 - Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers - AWAY
Round 25 - Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters - AWAY
Round 26 - Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos - HOME
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