The 2021 NRL Grand Final is promising to be one of the biggest days on the Australian sporting calendar this year.
Melbourne Storm will be looking to lift the trophy for the first time since legendary hooker Cameron Smith announced his retirement just days before the NRL season officially kicked off.
Scroll down to see all your questions on the NRL Grand Final answered
NRL boss Andrew Abdo said at the season launch in March that harsh lessons were learned last year and rugby league is more agile than ever amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve put together the ULTIMATE guide to the NRL Grand Final with information on the date, kick-off time, tickets, entertainment, betting odds and more.
When is the NRL Grand Final 2021?
The Finals series begins on September 10 and will culminate with the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 3 October, 2021.
What time is the 2021 NRL Grand Final?
While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, the NRL Grand Final kick off time is usually 7.30pm AEDT.
For other states, that means the NRL Grand Final kicks off at:
- 6:30pm AEST for Queensland
- 7:00pm ACDT for South Australia
- 4:30pm AWST for Western Australia
- 6:00pm ACST for the Northern Territory
Where is the NRL Grand Final?
Stadium Australia is tipped to be – but hasn’t been confirmed as – the venue for the 2021 NRL Grand Final.
When do NRL Grand Final tickets go on sale?
Tickets to the NRL Grand Final don’t generally become available until the beginning of the finals series.
Last year, Grand Final tickets were made available to purchase on Wednesday 30 September to members.
The on-sale schedule for 2020 Grand Final tickets was:
- Wednesday 30th September 12pm – Ticketed members
- Wednesday 30th September 4pm – Non-ticketed members
- Thursday 1st October 9am – NRL Account holders/waitlist
- Thursday 1st October 10am – General Public
How much are tickets to the NRL Grand Final?
NRL Grand Final tickets haven’t yet been released, but if past years are anything to go by, fans can be expected to dig into their pocket to get a seat at the big game.
Ahead of last year’s COVID-affected grand final event, ticketed Club Members were able to access entry level tickets from $50 before tickets went on sale to the general public from $60.
In 2019, general public tickets set fans back $80, members of the clubs in the Grand Final were charged $60, and a family ticket cost $225.
Who is the NRL grand final entertainment?
The NRL Grand Final entertainment line-up is yet to be announced for the 2021 event.
Past headline performances at the big dance include:
- 2020 – Amy Shark and Andrew Farriss
- 2019 – One Republic
- 2018 – Gang of Youths
- 2017 – Macklemore
- 2016 – Keith Urban, Richie Sambora, Orianthi
- 2015 – Cold Chisel
- 2014 – Slash and Train
- 2013 – Jessica Mauboy and Ricky Martin
- 2012 – Good Charlotte
- 2011 – Kelly Clarkson and Eskimo Joe
- 2010 – Jessica Mauboy
- 2009 – Wolfmother and The Script
- 2008 – The Living End
- 2007 – Hoodoo Gurus
What are the NRL grand final odds?
Odds on which team will be the 2021 NRL Grand Final winner continue to fluctuate.
At the start of the season, Sportsbet opened up their odds on the Grand Final winner, at the prices listed below:
- Sydney Roosters – $5.00
- Penrith Panthers – $5.50
- Melbourne Storm – $6.00
- South Sydney Rabbitohs – $6.00
- Canberra Raiders – $9.00
- Parramatta Eels – $11.00
- Gold Coast Titans – $17.00
- Newcastle Knights – $17.00
- New Zealand Warriors – $26.00
- Cronulla Sharks – $36.00
- Manly Sea Eagles – $41.00
- Nth Queensland Cowboys – $67.00
- St George Illawarra Dragons – $67.00
- Wests Tigers – $67.00
- Brisbane Broncos – $101.00
- Canterbury Bulldogs – $101.00
Who won the NRL Grand Final in 2020?
Melbourne Storm won their fifth NRL grand final in 13 years after ousting Penrith 26-20 in front of 37,000 fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on the evening of Sunday 25 October, 2020.
The Storm were sublime throughout the COVID-hijacked season and didn’t play in front of home fans all year.
They had even been based on the Sunshine Coast for the three months preceding the NRL Grand Final.
See the video below for the frantic scenes at the end of the 2020 NRL Grand Final.
Full list of NRL grand finals
This is the full list of participating teams and winners in grand finals since the NRL was established in 1998:
- 2018: Sydney Roosters defeated Melbourne Storm
- 2017: Melbourne Storm defeated North Queensland Cowboys
- 2016: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks defeated Melbourne Storm
- 2015: North Queensland Cowboys defeated Brisbane Broncos
- 2014: South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- 2013: Sydney Roosters defeated Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- 2012: Melbourne Storm defeated Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- 2011: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles defeated New Zealand Warriors
- 2010: St George Illawarra Dragons defeated Sydney Roosters
- 2009: Melbourne Storm defeated Parramatta Eels
- 2008: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles defeated Melbourne Storm
- 2007: Melbourne Storm defeated Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- 2006: Brisbane Broncos defeated Melbourne Storm
- 2005: Wests Tigers defeated North Queensland Cowboys
- 2004: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs defeated Sydney Roosters
- 2003: Penrith Panthers defeated Sydney Roosters
- 2002: Sydney Roosters defeated New Zealand Warriors
- 2001: Newcastle Knights defeated Parramatta Eels
- 2000: Brisbane Broncos defeated Sydney Roosters
- 1999: Melbourne Storm defeated St George-Illawarra Dragons
- 1998: Brisbane Broncos defeated Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Where can I find NRL fixtures?
You can see the full list of upcoming NRL fixtures on the NRL’s official site.
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement to NRL.com that the highlights of the 2021 season include:
- Magic Round Brisbane (Round Ten) returning as part of a three-day festival of footy with Queensland teams headlining across each day of the Round.
- The Ampol State of Origin series and Ampol Women’s State of Origin returning to their traditional mid-season timeslot.
- A reduction in the number of five-day turnarounds from 26 (in the last full schedule in 2019) to 25.
- A more even spread of timeslots across the 16 clubs.
- A focus on Sydney rivalries in crowd-friendly weekend slots, including public holidays.
- ANZAC Weekend Round (Round Seven) including matches in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Townsville, and Darwin.
- A national footprint for Indigenous Round (Round 12), featuring matches in Sydney, Townsville, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour.
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