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Rugby fans don’t need to be told what happened in 2004 when Canberra’s Brumbies faced off against the Crusaders.
But if you’re new to the game, what happened that night was the stuff of legend, with the Brumbies winning the Super Rugby final in front of 29,000 fans. It’s a highlight that lives large in fans’ minds—and this Friday 13 May, history will (hopefully) repeat itself as the Brumbies and Crusaders face off at GIO Stadium once again.
“It was considered to be one of the best grand finals of all time,” says Pete Daly from the Brumbies marketing team. “It’s still GIO stadium’s record crowd nearly 20 years later. The Brumbies haven’t played the Crusaders at home in a while—so on Friday we’re throwing back to 2004 with 2004 prices on parking and pies and chips. Parking will be $5, while pies and chips are only $3.50 on the night”
But if you’re keen to make Friday night the best it could be, you won’t have to worry about food prices (and who really wants to sprint from their seat to be first in line at half-time anyway?).
That’s because not only could you witness these titans of the game clash in what will no doubt be a spectacular match, but you can do it in the comfort of the exclusive Rugby Lounge Presented by DXC at GIO Stadium, where you’ll feast on unlimited canapés (hello, antipasto) with a tipple or two from the bar as you enjoy an unparalleled view of the match.
A special package created for people who want to level up their Brumbies experience, you’ll be able to access the Lounge for an hour before the game (after-work drinks, anyone?) to get settled in, with all food and drinks included, as well as live entertainment for just $170 per person for HerCanberra readers—but be quick, there are only 20 tickets available at this price (normally $185 per person). Click here to purchase yours now.
As Pete puts it, it’s the perfect experience for someone who wants to get a taste of corporate hospitality without needing to spend big.
“You don’t have to be a die-hard rugby fan to have a great time at the game—three hours of beer and wine and canapés, with live music and everything going on the field, it’s a great night for anyone.”
On offer on the night are a range of tap beers as well as vino from Oatley Wines and soft drinks. You’ll also be feasting on antipasto platters, calzone and arancini before the game, while lasagne and mini pies and sausage rolls will round out the food offerings from Gema catering. Essentially—everything you need to fuel your Friday night.
What better way to see the clash of the season?
What: Rugby Lounge experience for Brumbies vs Crusaders
When: Friday 13 May. Rugby Lounge opens at 6.30 pm, with kick-off at 7.45 pm
Where: The Rugby Lounge, GIO Stadium
Tickets: A special price of $170 for HerCanberra readers (just 20 tickets available!) purchase them here and if they’re all sold out, head here