The excitement of the 2020 NRL Premiership Grand Final reached a crescendo last night, with the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated in the lead up to Sunday’s blockbuster clash at ANZ Stadium.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and NRL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Abdo flicked the switch on the special projections, which feature images of all Grand Final teams, including the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters NRLW teams, and some of the iconic moments of the 2020 season.

The lighting of the pylons is expected to fuel Grand Final fever throughout the Harbour City ahead of the battle between Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm for the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership.

Minister Ayres acknowledged the significance of this year’s Grand Final, encouraging fans to celebrate the most extraordinary season in the code’s history.

“For players, fans and officials, this year’s NRL Grand Final is the culmination of a season like never before. “Sunday night will be more than a celebration of world-class sportsmanship.

To be able to have up to 40,000 fans in ANZ Stadium watching the action on the field in a COVID-safe way is a credit to the people of NSW who have worked with the NSW Government to effectively manage the pandemic and facilitate public participation in major events.

“I wish our players the best of luck in the battle for the Provan-Summons trophy and, as Minister for Tourism, welcome players, officials, support staff and importantly, their fans to Sydney, the sporting capital of Australia,” Mr Ayres said.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said this will be an epic show no matter which NRL team you support. “The grass is precision cut and the lines are marked for ANZ Stadium to proudly host its 22nd NRL Grand Final,” Mr Lee said.

“It’s going to be a classic battle of youth versus experience and I know most rugby league fans in NSW will be cheering on the Panthers to make sure Victoria’s team don’t take our trophy over the border. “This young and talented Penrith side has all the right ingredients to win the club’s first premiership in 17 years.”

NRL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Abdo encouraged the public to capture their own NRL Grand Final memories this week with the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“The success of this season has been because of the players. They have raised the bar when it comes to sacrifices – the stories of the Warriors and the Storm this season will go into rugby league folklore. Their athletic talents have been nothing short of phenomenal and they, along with the Storm and Panthers, deserve to be lit up for all to see on our iconic Harbour Bridge,” Mr Abdo said.

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