THE game is still almost four months away, but almost 500 tickets have already been sold for the National Rugby League match to be played at Bathurst’s Carrington Park in May.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 466 tickets had been sold for the match between the Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys on May 4.
Plenty of tickets are still available for the grandstand, with Carrington Park’s capacity between 10,000 and 12,000, according to Bathurst Regional Council.
Tickets went on sale on December 15 for the match in May, which will be the fifth consecutive year the Penrith club has brought one of its home games to Bathurst.
Early bird tickets start at $15 for children and concession.
An allocated grandstand seat will cost $40.
This year’s game will give the Bathurst community the possibility to see champion Cowboys and Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston in action.
Last year’s game between Panthers and Canberra Raiders, the second time both teams had played each other in Bathurst, attracted a crowd of 8730.
The record crowd for an NRL match in Bathurst is 8824, in 2014, while the overall record was set in 2001 when 8872 attended the City versus Country match.
Tickets can be purchased from www.bathurstnrl.com.au.