Game Day Guide – Eels vs. Cowboys Round Eight

The Parramatta Eels host the North Queensland Cowboys in round eight at TIO Stadium, Darwin.

Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m. ACST and 7:35 p.m. AEST on Saturday, April 30.

Here’s what you need to know about game day.

Important Event Information

Tickets and gates

You can purchase same-day general admission tickets at the Ah Mat & Bonson gates: $35 adult, $10 child, $80 family, and $25 for the concession.

Or buy in advance to save and skip the line: $30 adults, $10 children, $70 family, $20 concession. Visit

The Ah Mat and Bonson gates open at 4 p.m. The scoreboard gate on the opposite side of the pitch (near St Mary’s Football Club) opens at 5.30pm, but will be restricted to fans with pre-purchased tickets only.

Welcome ticket holders can enjoy express entry via a dedicated lane at the Bonson Gate.

Family, general admission and corporate tickets for the McMahons ‘Open Air’ facility can be pre-purchased here.

Children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed parent or guardian.

Match day schedule

4 p.m. Doors open Ah Mat & Bonson

4:15 p.m. Kick-off of the Men’s U/16 Eels Cup Grand Final

5 p.m. Kick-off of the women’s grand final of the Eels Cup U/16

5:30 p.m. Dashboard door opens

6 p.m. Mix 104.9 Best Seats in the House Promotion drawn*

6:25 p.m. Beginning of the warm-up

7:05 p.m. Parramatta Eels kick off against North Queensland Cowboys (7:35 p.m. AEST)

9 p.m. Full time

* Enter TIO Stadium before 6 p.m. to enter the draw to win the top 1049 Mix 1049 seats in the house. Entrance via Mix 1049 broadcast in the Grandstand Level 1 Lobby.

Getting to and from TIO Stadium

Free buses

Dedicated event buses will run to and from TIO Stadium from Darwin, Stuart Park, Casuarina, Palmerston and Humpty Doo via Coolalinga. You will need to show your Eels v Cowboys ticket to board the bus. Check the bus timetables here.

Car park

Public parking is available on Abala Road and in the Marrara Sports Complex. Please refer to the venue and parking plan here.

Designated accessible parking is located at the Bonson Gate car park.

food drink

Food stalls will operate near the scoreboard entry door, behind the family area, behind the grandstand and o

n Level 2 of the grandstand. The stalls offer a range of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Refer to the venue map for locations.

Licensed bars will operate from the Scoreboard section, behind and to the side of the grandstand, and on level 2 of the grandstand.

You are not permitted to bring beverages (other than sealed water bottles) onto the site. Consideration will be given to people with special dietary needs

Family zone and things for children

The family area is located on the grassy hill at the Bonson Gate end of the lot. The family zone is a dry zone.

Say hello to our roving entertainers as you enter the stadium, take a photo at the photo booth on Level 1 of the Grandstand Lobby and have your face painted in Cowboys or Eels colours.

Camping mats and chairs

You can bring camping chairs and mats to sit on. If you bring a camping chair, you will be asked to sit on the upper grassy hills.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Entry for a full list of what you can and cannot bring to TIO Stadium.


ATMs are located behind the grandstand.

Smoking areas

Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices) is prohibited in most areas of the Site. There are three designated smoking areas in the TIO Stadium. Refer to the site map for locations.

Event Champions

Event champions provide a friendly face if you need help during the event. They will operate the information desk and lost and found items can be brought to the Champions Hub, located in the lobby behind the grandstand.

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