WHILE an NRL match at Carrington Park scheduled on the same weekend as the Royal Bathurst Show might look like a logistical problem on paper, organisers are hoping to develop a number of cross-promotional deals for the two events.
Penrith Panthers are set to clash with the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday, May 1, at 3pm, the same day as the second day of the Royal Bathurst Show, which will be held across April 30-May 2.
Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association (AH&P) executive secretary Brett Kenworthy said discussions had occurred with Bathurst Regional Council and its events team to work out a cross-promotional deal.
"We've come up with some ways we can do things together and they're progressing," he said.
"One thing we're looking at is if there can be a particular arrangement, so people with a football ticket can come into the show on Saturday night for a special price."
Mr Kenworthy said there won't be a package deal, where a person can purchase both an NRL and show ticket in one bundle, as both events use separate ticketing systems.
"We were looking at ways basically a person who goes to the football, who isn't necessarily going to the show, will be able to make a decision in the afternoon to go across the road and if they still have their ticket or proof of purchase, they might get a discount," Mr Kenworthy said.
"We're also looking at parking. Council is looking at doing something similar to the Elton John concert, with the buses and parking and things like that.
"We're still ironing out those details. There will be an avenue encouraging people to go to both."
Since the NRL draw was released last November, Mr Kenworthy has always been optimistic that both events could work in harmony and that neither would conflict with each other.
The Royal Bathurst Show has not been held since 2019, after last year's event was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, marking the first time since the Second World War that the event had been cancelled.
An NRL match hasn't been held in Bathurst since 2019 too, as the scheduled Panthers home fixture in 2020 was moved back to Sydney due to the pandemic.
Except for last year, Panthers have brought one home game to Bathurst each since 2014, with this year's opponents Manly to make its first appearance in the Carrington Park fixture.
The clash between the show and NRL may never have happened, as the show was originally scheduled to take place two weeks earlier before it was rescheduled to avoid clashing with the Royal Sydney Show.