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Game day guide #JT271

Be at 1300SMILES Stadium this Friday night to celebrate Johnathan Thurston's milestone match as the Cowboys return to NRL action for 2018!

Friday 9 March, 1300SMILES Stadium
Tickets | Transport | Venue | Game day centre

4.20pm: Gates open & Summer Members Bar opens
• Exclusive JT milestone poster & headgear at all gates (while stocks last)
• LGIAsuper Community Hub (western forecourt), 4.20pm-7.05pm
• Free kids amusements (south-east corner), 4.20pm-8pm
• Free Park & Ride shuttle bus starts (Kirwan Health Campus, Thuringowa Drive)
• 50-50 charity raffle tickets on sale around the grounds

4.30pm: TDRL Centrals v Brothers curtain-raiser

6pm: Pre-game show, hosted by 4TOFM's Minty & Caroline 'Caro' Tahana!
• Tributes to Johnathan Thurston for 271 club games & 300 NRL games!
• National Anthem performed by Amber Meeson
• Toyota Mini Mods
• Shine Super Sofa Upgrade
• Macca's family dinner box giveaway
• Cowboys Spirit cheersquad perform

7.05pm: NRL kick off – Cowboys v Sharks

7.45pm: NRL half time
• Toyota Hilux Kick
• Townsville Bulletin Kiss-Cam
• Westfund Hero of the Week
• Powerade Power Moment
• QCCU's 'Bring home the bacon' comp

Full time: On-field presentation for Johnathan Thurston's 300th NRL game, by Peter Beattie, Chairman ARL Commission 

30 mins after full time: Jessica Mauboy concert (on field)

9.30pm: Summer Members Bar closes


JT's milestones: Be there to celebrate Johnathan Thurston's 271 club-game record and 300th NRL game – free JT giveaways at the gates, big screen tributes and a special on-field presentation after full time. Thanks, JT!

Captains' Corner: Free FUN in our Cowboys interactive zone with a special JT theme! Photo booth, activities and game day comp – inside northern gate, 4.20pm-7.05pm. 

LGIAsuper Community Hub: Welcome to Deadly Choices! Join up as an LGIAsuper Howdy Club member for your awesome Howdy Hat, plus scan your Howdy Club card for your free happy clapper!

UBET Express: Visit the UBET Express mobile betting van, located inside the Western gate (for 18+ patrons). Members, show your membership card before kick off at 7.05pm to receive a free $5 first try scorer bet (conditions apply).

Summer Members Bar: Open 4.20pm-9.30pm with our live DJ, face painting, free WiFi, game day comp and great prizes. Show your 2018 membership card for entry (south-west corner).

Membership enquiries: Visit the membership team at the northern ticket box or membership tent (outside Summer Members Bar, 4.20pm-7.05pm) for any enquiries.

Free Shine rally towel! Visit the Shine Lawyers marquee (located outside the Summer Members Bar) and collect your free rally towel to cheer on our Cowboys in the big game!

Macca's family dinner box giveaway: One family on the Macca's hill (northern) will win a family dinner box (for participating restaurants in Townsville, Ayr, Charters Towers and Ingham).

Get social! Tag your game day tweets or Instagram pics #JT271 or #NRLCowboysSharks and you could be on the big screen!

North Queensland Stadium display: Check out the concepts and a virtual tour of our new stadium – located inside the northern gate, 4.20pm-7.05pm. 

Free amusements: Fun and games located in the south-east corner, 4.20pm-8pm, thanks to Amusements Plus!

50-50 charity raffle: Get your 50-50 raffle tickets at the gates and around the grounds – your chance to take home 50% of the proceeds in a random draw, with 50% going to the Cowboys Community Foundation! Winner announced during NRL second half.

Game day comp: Thanks to the Cowboys Leagues Club – win a signed JT300 tee! Enter at Captains' Corner or the membership tent for your chance to WIN!

Cowboys Team Shop: Get your JT300 tee, available from the merch stands around the grounds. Plus, keep your eyes on the big screen for the game day special, available exclusively at the merch stands on game night!

Game day doubles: Get your doubles tickets from the Cowboys Supporters Team inside the gates!

JTee Time: After each kick for goal, Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston’s signed kicking tee will be given to someone in the crowd!

Mascots: Say hello to Bluey, Miss Moo, Crackles, Ziggy and Tavi!

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.