The Parramatta Eels will forever remain within ANZ Stadium folklore.
On 6 March 1999, the Eels were involved in ANZ Stadium’s grand opening celebrations. Almost 105,000 fans watched the Eels beat the St George Illawarra Dragons as part of a double header which helped welcome rugby league to its new home.
Today, Parramatta bring two blockbuster home games at ANZ Stadium each season and will continue to do so until at least 2012.
The Eels consistently attract great crowds to ANZ Stadium including 2009’s record 74,549 – the largest NRL crowd excluding grand finals – when they defeated the Bulldogs for a spot in the decider.
Founded in 1947, the Eels have featured in nine grand finals, including two at ANZ Stadium.
Like the Bulldogs, Parramatta enjoyed a golden era during the 80s, winning three premierships in a row between 1981 and 1983.
In 2009 the Eels became the first club in history to progress to the decider after qualifying in eighth position.
Working their way back into the finals will serve as inspiration for the club’s 2012 campaign.