Round 1 - Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos
Thursday 14 March
Gates open: 6.30pm
Broadcast: Fox Sports and Nine Gem from 7.50pm
Thursday night football
The 2019 NRL season kicks-off in Melbourne this Thursday as Melbourne Storm host the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.
If recent history is anything to go by, this year’s season opener promises to be a thriller.
Storm last met the Broncos in round 14, with skipper Cameron Smith leading the side to a 32-16 win, amassing 50 tackles.
But the final margin only tells part of the story - Storm trailed 12-8 at halftime and Brisbane had an opportunity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat late in the match.
Slater Stand revealed
Storm legend Billy Slater will be immortalised at AAMI Park before kick-off on Thursday night.
The Slater Stand (northern end of the stadium) will be officially revealed before the game, recognising Billy's enormous impact on the club - both on and off the field.
Melbourne Storm's new hip hop dance crew - Roaming Thunder - will step up to game day for the first time on Thursday night.
The Roaming Thunder brings together performers from across hip hop, street, break dancing and acrobatics and will bring more energy and more fan interaction to home games at AAMI Park.
Memberships and merchandise
Membership sales will be available opposite Edwin's Cafe - memberships purchased on Thursday will be given access to the game.
Membership collection will be available at Gate E from 5.30pm.
Fresh 2019 merchandise will be available for purchase at the Melbourne Storm Megastore from 5.30pm.
Transport and parking information
Parking is extremely limited and the use of public transport is recommended.
The following car parks will be open for public parking on Thursday 14 March, subject to space available:
- Melbourne Park. Entrance D Eastern Plaza and Northern car parks open from 6am. $20 pre-booked. BOOK HERE (bookings must be made 24 hours prior to arrival) $30 event day rate.
- Yarra Park MCG.