Well, it’s finally arrived!!! Across today and tomorrow morning there will be hordes of Jets supporters descending on Newcastle Airport to make the trek up to Brisbane to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Grand Final victory as well as to take in what will be a fantastic match. We don’t know exact numbers but it looks likely that several hundred could be making this particular trip which will be a fantastic result.
If you haven’t been on an away trip before, or been to Brisbane before, we have put together a few points here to help you on this particular away trip. One thing that is a constant across any away trip however is to say G’day to fellow Jets supporters (as well as the opposition) and to enjoy yourself. Eat, drink and be Newy 🙂
SOCIAL MEDIA: If you’re taking photos/video, make sure you tag @SquadronNewy and @JetstreamNewy and use the hashtag #NewyTourOfDuty
The Jetstream podcast team will also be in attendance and will be filming some footage across the weekend to post as well, so please feel free to come up and say G’day to them
WEATHER: no getting around it. Its shit, and will probably be that way all weekend. Thunderstorms predicted for gameday, as well as a top of 29 degrees and 71% humidity. Hot, wet and sweaty. Dress appropriately, leave the leather pants at home.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: You can transfer via private shuttle with Con-x-ion which will meet you at the airport and drop you off directly at your hotel. Price depends on location. Quotes & bookings here https://www.con-x-ion.com/
You can also use public transport from the airport.
You can travel via bus http://translink.com.au/
or via train http://www.airtrain.com.au/
PRE-MATCH: All supporters are invited to The Caxton Hotel, 38 Caxton St, Milton as the pre-match venue from midday. The hotel is ideally located within sight and a short walk to Suncorp Stadium so its the best spot to grab some lunch, and enjoy some beverages prior to kickoff. There is a restaurant with a varied a la-carte menu as well as gameday menu available via the bar which should cover most budgets. The venue advise that u18’s are allowed entry so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian. There will be Roar supporters in attendance as well, so please be respectful. Getting ejected from the pub wont be a good start to the day.
TICKETS: The away bay is located in Bay 317. The ticketing agent is Ticketek and you can purchase tickets for the match via this link Be aware that there aren’t very many tickets left so its advised to purchase prior to gameday. If its sold out, buy in the adjacent bay.
GAME: Bring the noise!!! Away games are usually a great atmosphere, so feel free to join in the songs or even start your own. Make sure its a good one though, or there will be good-natured ribbing. We are also advising that to commemorate the Grand Final anniversary everyone wears a gold strip, whether its a retro jersey or new kit.
SECURITY: Be aware that on many previous occasions supporters (home and away) have fallen foul of Suncorp Stadium’s security. If you remember the bad old days of NES or E-Group’s ridiculously overbearing attitudes towards football supporters at Hunter Stadium then you have an idea of what these guys will be like. Don’t give them a reason, there is nothing worse than being ejected from an away game you’ve spent good money to attend.
POSTMATCH: Feel free to return to the Caxton Hotel after the game to wind down with a few more drinks and to watch the #MVCvADL match. If something other than football is on your agenda, we recommend Fortitude Valley which has a number of night spots, or you can try your luck at the Treasury Casino. Be aware that while Brisbane doesnt have Newy’s ridiculous lockout laws, they still stop serving alcohol at 3am in the designated “safe night zones”.
THE NEXT DAY: if you haven’t got a hangover, you didn’t try hard enough. Or you’re under 18, in which case well done.
We hope everyone has a belting time, and that the Jets win. Safe travels everyone and see you in Brisvegas!!!