For the first time ever, an ANZAC Ceremony before a sporting event will be performed live to broadcast in a blackout under spotlight at AAMI Park on Monday night.
With Storm and the Warriors renewing their ANZAC Day rivalry in a true, Trans-Tasman clash, fans will be treated to a spectacular pre-game show at AAMI Park honouring the men and women who have served for Australia and New Zealand.
The bright AAMI Park lights will be turned off, creating an electric atmosphere prior to Storm’s biggest game of the home and away season.
Proceedings will begin with a special featured Team Announcement lightshow along with 20,000 purple glow sticks that will be handed out to fans attending the match as they enter the gates on Monday night.
A cultural performance under spotlight will be performed before the lightning of a commemorative cauldron honouring the 100th Anniversary of RSL, the Battle of Fromelles and the Battle of Pozieres as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk and the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
The ANZAC Ceremony will then commence as both teams enter the field together followed by the catafalque party including the ode, last post and minute’s silence. To conclude the ceremony, the New Zealand and Australian national anthems will be performed.
The much-coveted Michael Moore Trophy will once again be on the line when Melbourne host the Warriors on Monday night.
This is will be the seventh time since 2009 Storm and the Warriors have met on ANZAC Day.
6:35pm - AAMI Park blackout
6:38pm - Team Announcement light show
6:40pm - Cultural performance
6:46pm - Lighting of commemorative flame
6:47pm - ANZAC Ceremony
7:00pm - Kick–off