The stage is set an electric ANZAC Day atmosphere at AAMI Park tonight, with the blockbuster clash between Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors officially a sell-out.
This is the second time these the two Trans-Tasman rivals have sold out this fixture, the first being in 2014 when 28,716 fans filled AAMI Park – the third biggest Storm crowd ever recorded at the venue.
With the heavy foot traffic expected in the precinct today and the to the closure of the MCG car park, fans are encouraged to utilise public transport to make their way to the game.
Gates will open at 5.30pm, and fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid long queues into the stadium, allowing enough time to be in seats for the AAMI Park Blackout.
The Blackout has become a feature of this blockbuster clash and a must-see event in Australian sport. It is a moving and lasting experience that will set the tone for a mouth-watering contest on the field.
This will be the ninth meeting between Storm and the Warriors on ANZAC Day. Storm lead the head-to-head in this fixture having won five, including the last two while the inaugural clash in 2009 at Olympic Park ended in a draw.
Both teams will once again play for the Michael Moore trophy, named in honour of Storm's inaugural football manager with the Spirit of ANZAC Medal to also be awarded to the player judged best afield on the night.
Storm v Warriors pre-match schedule
6.10pm Teams warm up
6:34pm Teams leave field
6:35pm AAMI Park Blackout commences
6.48pm Teams enter the field
6.49pm ANZAC Ceremony begins
6:57pm End of formalities – teams warm up for 2 minutes