Rugby league lovers are being encouraged to mark Monday 29 May down in the diary to ensure tickets are secured for the upcoming Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Dolphins game at Salter Oval.
Players will take to the field on Sunday 30 July for the Round 22 match, with locals to get first dibs on tickets to the NRL event thanks to a special, first-time membership offer.
Aaron Warburton, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO, said the town-specific membership would offer merchandise, discounts and the guarantee of tickets to the 2023 Bundaberg game.
“Last year there were too many locals who weren't able to secure tickets because they sold out within 48 hours,” he said.
“This year, membership will be available for all ticket categories – whether you want to sit in the grandstands, stand up or you want to be in one of the new areas, there will be something for everyone.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was great news for the region and for passionate footy followers.
“The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are back in town, and it is almost time for the best game of rugby league in Australia,” he said.
“Make sure you sign up for membership tickets so you can get on down to enjoy not only what is a spectacular event, but an event that brings economic and sporting benefits to the whole area.”
Mayor Dempsey said a partnership between Bundaberg Regional Council, the State Government and the Bulldogs ensured the region was able to secure the NRL match for three years.
“We had a very successful game last year and I look forward to the hype and excitement that the 2023 game generates,” he said.
Aaron added changes would be made to the Salter Oval area this year to ensure ticket holders were able to view the game from wherever they were.
“The first year went off really well, we had 8,500 people here at Salter Oval,” he said.
“Since then, we have listened to the fans and are working with Council to redevelop the area for this year's game.
“We will be bringing in grandstand seating to the north and south end and extending the eastern grandstand to just over 100 metres plus corporate options and more.
“Bundaberg means so much to us and we can't wait to be back in two months’ time when we beat the Dolphins.”
To find out more or to sign up for membership on 29 May go to https://www.bulldogs.com.au/