Wigan face Warrington in the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about the day...
The newly named Dacia Fan Zone, located outside the North West corner of Old Trafford, will be open from 1pm until 5pm. Hosted by Rugby AM’s Alex Simmons and the Leeds and England forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, there will be live music, games and giveaways from Super League partners Dacia, Betfred, Northern, Patient Claim Line, Batchelors and Odd Balls.
Eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot Betfred Super League Grand Final taxis across the city, and hail a free ride to Old Trafford.
The Women’s Super League Grand Final will be played across the city at the Manchester Regional Arena adjoining the Etihad Stadium – a 1pm kick-off between Wigan and Leeds.
The RL Cares Man Van, operated in association with the Movember Foundation, will also be in attendance offering Rugby League fans the chance to get involved in fun and interesting activities designed to get men engaging with their health.
Once you’re in your seat the entertainment continues as BBC Sport’s Will Perry hosts the match day build up, before the Blossoms take to the stage to get the crowd pumped ahead of kick-off.
The match programme will have a striking new look as Chris Moran, a Manchester-based motion designer, has been commissioned to capture the rival captains, Chris Hill and Sean O’Loughlin, on the front cover.
Sporting soprano Laura Wright will perform the traditional Grand Final anthem, Jerusalem, before the teams emerge from the Old Trafford tunnel at the Stretford End of the ground.
Tickets for the 2018 Betfred Super League Grand Final are still on sale starting at £20 for Adult and £15 for concessions from the RFL.
Wigan have been allocated the ‘Eastern’ side. They sold out their initial allocation of 8,000 but a second batch is on general sale either from the DW ticket office, online at www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/tickets or call 01942 311111.
The match kicks-off at 6pm and fans are advised to plan their journey accordingly, given Northern staff are striking details here.