Tickets for next month’s NRL pre-season trial match between the Dyldam Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers in Alice Springs are now on sale.

The NT Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins said tickets would be available from local sports stores Sports Power, Hot Stuff 4 the Sporting Buff and Intersport Alice Springs.

“Alice Springs embraced the Eels’ pre-season match last year with about 3,500 spectators on hand to see the Blue and Gold army come away victorious,” he said.

“Wests Tigers will be looking to avenge that loss so I’m sure next month’s game is going to provide fantastic entertainment for rugby league fans.

“There was a strong uptake of tickets for last year’s trial match and I would urge fans to get in early to secure a seat.

“Alice Springs is certainly looking forward to welcoming our own NRL team back on home turf as well as the visitors who will travel to see the match.

“Visitors coming to see the game will enjoy our tourism spots as part of ourDo the NT campaign and provide a boost to the region’s economy.

“Nearly 1200 Territorians are now official Eels’ members, representing the biggest fan base outside of New South Wales.”

The NRL pre-season match is part of the Northern Territory Government’s four year agreement with the Dyldam Parramatta Eels to host a pre-season trial match in Alice Springs and a premiership match in Darwin.

As part of its agreement with the Northern Territory Government, the Eels will spend the week before the trial match conducting school visits, community appearances and coaching clinics in and around Alice Springs.

The pre-season trial match kicks off at 7.40pm on Friday 13 February at Anzac Oval in Alice Springs with the curtain raiser between two Alice Springs clubs at 5.30pm. Gates open at 5pm.

General admission tickets are $16 for adults, $5 for children under 16, with children under 5 free. A family pass is $35 and only available for general admission areas. Grand stand seats are an additional $5 each. Tickets are available through the Northern Territory Government, Department of Sport, Recreation office in Alice Springs on (08) 8951 5100.

Corporate packages are available from the Department of Sport and Recreation office, corner of Bath Street and Gregory terrace. Tickets are $120 and include marquee seating, canapés and a beverage package. For queries about the corporate package, contact (08) 8982 2330.