The NRL Grand Final kicks off this evening at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium with the Cronulla Sharks taking on Melbourne Storm. Here’s everything you need to know about viewing the game — whether you’re planning to watch the NRL finals live, at the pub, on TV, the internet or overseas.
Buy tickets to the NRL Final
The NRL Grand Final will take place in Olympic Park’s ANZ Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15pm AEST with gates opening at 1.15pm. In addition to soaking in the live atmosphere with approximately 80,000 fans, there will also be a live performance by Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora and Aussie guitarist Orianthi.
All tickets to the Grand Final include return travel on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses. Head to Ticketek buy tickets to the game. At the time of writing, the cheapest available tickets start at $96.85 so we advise getting in quickly!
Watch the NRL Final on free-to-air TV
The NRL Grand Final will be broadcast on free-to-air TV on channel 9. The network kicks off its main broadcast from 7:15pm Sunday in NSW and Victoria. This equates to 5:15pm in Western Australia, 6:15 in Queensland, 6:45pm in South Australia and 6:45pm in the Northern Territory.
Watch the NRL Final on Pay TV
Foxtel is the official Pay TV broadcaster of the NRL. It will be covering the final on its Fox Sports channel. If you’re not a Foxtel subscriber and have no interest in its other offerings, this is obviously the least cost-effective way to watch the final. For existing customers, the match will be broadcast live from 7:15pm AEST.
Listen to the NRL Final on Radio
How watch the NRL Final overseas
Stuck overseas during the big match? Telstra has helpfully provided a comprehensive list of international broadcast information for the NRL final. You can also try your luck with the NRL Livestream web app.
Stream the Final with NRL Digital Pass
If you want to stream the game on a mobile device, you can get the NRL Official App (iOS and Android) and subscribe to the NRL Digital Pass for $2.99 per week or $89.99 per year. (Some Telstra customers get a one-year subscription for free so if you haven’t redeemed your pass, you can do it here.)
If you’re only interested in watching the NRL final, you can sign up for the NRL Digital pass’ one-week free trial — just ensure you cancel the subscription after the game.
Watch the NRL Final at the pub
Don’t discount your local pub — while the drinks might be overpriced, the crowd atmosphere and big screen TV should more than make up for it. You can find out which venues are going to be playing the NRL Grand Final over at Game On. Just type in your postcode to find the nearest venue near your location.
How To Watch The Grand Finals When You’re Overseas
Unfortunately, the NRL app is region locked and won’t be accessible for users that are not located in Australia. Your best bet is to sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) which will hide the location of your computer and mobile devices.
Another option is to find a sports bar with satellite TV that’s popular with Aussie expats. Do some googling and see if there are any suitable venues in your area.