The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have officially opened the brand new Anzac Oval facilities in Alice Springs, ahead of Saturday night’s trial game against the Wests Tigers.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles was on hand to celebrate the brand new stadium, which will see its first run of elite-level football in the Eels’ first trial game of 2014.
“It’s part of a four year partnership that we’ve signed up as a firm commitment to increasing the profile of rugby league in the NT,” he said.
“It will provide an opportunity for Territorians to really see what it’s like to have a top class team in the Territory and provide some leadership and role models to Territorians.”
The venue received the seal of approval from halfback and NT local Luke Kelly.
"It’s really great, the facilities are very good,” Kelly said.
“We just got changed in the sheds and there’s a lot of space, and the ground looks good, so we’re looking forward to it!"
Chief Minister Giles says it’s exciting that the Eels are committed to growing the game in both schools and the community, not just in their competitive matches.
“The game Saturday night is one element of the partnership, but getting out to schools and spreading the message about being good to your family s a really important message,” Giles said.
“That’s why we’ve entered this partnership with Parramatta, not just for the games and for the trial game but for all the community development aspects.”