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3 October 2019

Hotels and clubs open later for NRL Grand Final

Hotels and clubs across NSW will be able to trade later for the NRL Grand Final this Sunday night, 6 October.

Standard Sunday trading hours have been extended from 10pm to midnight for the season decider between Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders.

The later trading will benefit football fans who want to head down to their local hotel or club to watch all the action on the big screen with friends and family.

Without a mass exodus from venues at 10pm, it will also be easier for people to get home.

The NRL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar and provides a major boost to the NSW economy.

As grand final day is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for licensed venues, it’s vital that patrons consume alcohol responsibly so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.

Liquor & Gaming NSW will have teams of inspectors visiting venues across the state every day of the long weekend to ensure venues are complying with responsible service of alcohol requirements.

Fans are also encouraged to avoid the traffic and catch public transport to the grand final at Sydney Olympic Park.

Extra trains and buses will be running to ensure fans get to and from the game safely. To plan your trip on public transport, visit

The extended trading hours for hotels and clubs apply only to drinks sold on premises, not takeaway alcohol.

Venues already approved to trade beyond extended hours are not affected by these special arrangements.

Hotels and clubs must still comply with any individual trading restrictions or other special conditions that apply to their licences under the Liquor Act or imposed by local councils under planning laws.