2017/18 TIO NTFL Grand Final FAQ

2017/18 NTFL Men's Grand Final Cup

All the key details for the TIO NTFL grand finals to be played on Wednesday 21 March and Saturday 24 March.


There is no allocated grandstand seating, seats are available on a first-in policy. 

Tickets are available at the gate on the day.

Fans are encouraged to leave enough time for entry due to expected queues. 

AFLNT would like to thank those who have worked tirelessly in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcus and is pleased to offer Power and Water Corporation workers, St John Ambulance and Police, Fire and Emergency Service workers free entry to both Wednesday night and Saturday. To gain entry workers need only present their work ID at the TIO Stadium gate. 

All organisations (Power and Water, St John Ambulance and PFES) will also be given tickets to hand out to volunteers who assisted them.  

People who pre-purchased tickets to Saturday 17 March
Can return to AFLNT reception by 5pm Wednesday for a refund in part (if you still plan to attend) or in full.  
Gate entry for Wednesday 21 March 
Tickets can be re-used to gain entry for Saturday

$10 Adults
$5 Concession and children aged 10 – 17
$20 Family (2 adults and 2 children)
FREE entry for children under 10

Gate entry for Saturday 24 March
$5 Adults
$5 Concession and children aged 10 – 17
FREE entry for children under 10

Members Bar ticket and sign-in rights
$50 per person for single gate entry and access to Kantilla’s Members Bar on Wednesday night. 
Existing members have sign-in rights for up to four people per membership. 


Wednesday 21 March

Bonson Gate (airport end) – 4:00pm
Ah Mat Gate (McMillans Road end) – 5:30pm 

Saturday 21 March

Bonson Gate (airport end) – 9:00am


Will now be held at 6:00pm on Wednesday 21 March at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre. 

Invitees should’ve been advised, for any queries please contact: Stacey Davis – 0439 153 685.

The National Anthem will be sung before each grand final game. 

Venue Competition DAY & Time Team 1 Team 2
TIO Oval 2 TIO NTFL Men's Division 1 Wed 6:00 PM Banks Waratah
TIO Stadium TIO NTFL Men's Premier League Wed 7:05 PM Darwin Buffaloes Southern Districts
TIO Oval 2 TIO NTFL Under 14 Lewfatt Sat 11:00 AM Banks Palmerston
TIO Oval 2 TIO NTFL Under 16 Leverence Sat 12:45 PM Tracy Village Buffs Light Blue
TIO Stadium TIO NTFL Under 14 Gundersen Sat 11:00 AM St Mary's Nightcliff 1
TIO Stadium TIO NTFL Under 16 Hickman Sat 12:45 PM Nightcliff 1 Palmerston
TIO Stadium TIO NTFL Men's Division 2 Sat 2:30 PM Nightcliff Spartans Jabiru
TIO Stadium TIO NTFL Under 18 Boys Sat 5:00 PM Wanderers Southern Districts


6:30pm – TIO Stadium playing arena is cleared and no access to public
6:35pm – 6:45pm – Men’s Premier League teams on field warm-up
6:53pm – Umpires enter playing arena
6:55pm – Southern Districts run on
6:57pm – Darwin Buffaloes run on
6:58pm – Welcome to Country performed by Ian Mills
7:00pm – Linking of arms to say NO MORE to family violence
7:02pm – National Anthem performed by Katie Streader
7:03pm – Coin toss
7:05pm – First bounce
Half time/approximately 8:00pm – Hot100 Grand Final Sprint
End of game/approximately 9:20pm – Presentations


This season’s Men’s Premier League Grand Final will go to air 8:30pm (local time) next Saturday 24 March on NITV.

The 7Mate replay will be shown on Sunday 25 March at a time to be advised.

All grand finals will also be live streamed on the AFLNTv YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AFLNorthernTerritory 
Follow all grand finals live on social media
- Facebook: Northern Territory Football League 
- Twitter: @AFLNT
- Instagram: aflnorthernterritory

AFLNT wishes to advise traffic control will be in place on Wednesday (only) from 3:00pm and Abala Road will operate as a one-way road from this time.
See here for map.

There are more than 1,300 free public parks available in and around the Marrara Sporting Complex. With traffic control in place things may take slower than usual and with heavy foot traffic in the area patrons are encouraged to allow plenty of time and to walk carefully.

With thanks to the following sports and organisations, there are spots available on a first in policy around the Marrara Sporting Complex. See here for a map. 

Bonson Gate end of TIO Stadium – 325 spaces
PINT Club – 75 spaces
Italian Club – 75 spaces
Larrakia Park (soccer) – 120 spaces
Netball – 200 spaces
Basketball – 250 spaces
Indoor Sports Centre – 300 spaces

A reminder that the paid parking that has traditionally been available at the South Darwin Rugby Field opposite TIO Stadium is not available due to development and construction work. 

Even with the power to the area being repaired and street lights fully operational again, fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time to make it to the game and to walk carefully when accessing the stadium from the surrounds. 


Bus Route Number 3 operates from Casuarina, return to Casuarina and drops off at the Marrara Sporting Complex.

Only bus via Marrara Sporting Complex is from the Casuarina interchange: 


All bus timetable and more information can be found at: https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling

Get all the team lists for the grand finals in a glossy coloured, limited edition run of the NTFL program. Rather than being charged there will now be a limited number of FREE programs (with Sunday 18 March date printed on them). 

Order forms for copies of the grand finals on USB will be available at the gate or they can be ordered online here


Auskick and Thunder Juniors registration will take place outside the Bonson Gate between 10am and 1pm on Saturday.

Kennards Hire Kids Kick to Kick is on TIO Oval 2 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. 
Activities include:

•    Free face painting
•    Free poster making to support your team
•    Free branded mini Sherrins
•    Handball targets and kick to kick with AFLNT game development staff


There are public bar and kiosk facilities at TIO Stadium in multiple locations:

•    Canteen – Level 2 Grandstand – from 5:00pm
•    BBQ – Level 2 Grandstand – from 5:30pm
•    Food stall – TIO Oval 2 – from 5:30pm
•    Food stall – scoreboard end of TIO Stadium – from 5:30pm
•    Public Bar – Level 2 Grandstand – 5:00pm to 15 minutes into the last quarter of Men’s Premier League
•    TIO Oval 2 Bar – near staircase to back of grandstand – 5:30pm
•    Scoreboard Bar – 5:30pm to 15 minutes into the last quarter of Men’s Premier League
•    Wing Bars – Level 2 Grandstand – 5:30pm to 15 minutes into the last quarter of Men’s Premier League
•    Members’ Bar (Kantilla’s) – Level 3 indoors – 6:00pm to close

•    Canteen – Level 2 Grandstand – from 10:00am
•    BBQ – Level 2 Grandstand – from 11:00am
•    Food stall – TIO Oval 2 – from 10:00am
•    Public Bar – Level 2 Grandstand – 2:00pm to 15 minutes into the last quarter of Under 18 Boys
•    Members’ Bar (Kantilla’s) – Level 3 indoors – 2:00pm to close

Most food and bar outlets have ATM facilities, in addition to the standalone ATM located on Level 2 near the Public Bar and the ATM trailer facilities near the Bonson Gate and the TIO Stadium scoreboard. 


• Level 1 (outside TIO Stadium office)
• Level 2 (grandstand)
• Level 3 (corporate guests only)
• General admin (behind family friendly area and behind TIO Stadium scoreboard)


Disabled access is via a lift near the TIO Stadium office (Bonson Gate entry).

In the event of a medical emergency please flag down the closest staff member (in NTFL yellow or grey tops) who will be able to get the attention of the onsite St John Ambulance crew.

Anti-social behaviour should be reported to security, police or the closest staff member. 


TIO Stadium remains a smoke-free venue, however, patrons will have access to designated smoking areas at the Bonson Gate and the Ah Mat Gate.

In the event of an emergency an announcement will be made over the PA system.  If TIO Stadium needs to be evacuated the Bonson, Ah Mat and scoreboard gates will be opened and patrons will be directed to the safest route. 

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