There are now more reasons than ever to visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets for opening night, with the Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys players set to make a star appearance.
The iconic markets open on Thursday, 28 April 2022, and the two NRL teams will take part in a signing session with fans in the run up to their big clash on Saturday, 30 April 2022 at TIO Stadium. The game is part of the NT Government’s long-running partnership with the Parramatta Eels, and will be beamed nationwide via Foxtel and streamed online through Kayo. Game day will include the Eels Cup Under 16s Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals.
The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a favourite with Territorians and visitors, and offer an eclectic range of foods from around the world, a variety of gifts, and the kind of sunsets you’ll never forget.
The players signing session will take place between 5.30-6.30pm in the Community Space near the Soundshell. Fans will have the opportunity to meet their favourite players up close and get their merch signed.
You can grab your tickets to the game from the pop-up ticket booth, or try your luck in the hand-pass competition to score a double pass.
Quotes from Minister for Major Events Natasha Fyles
“The Dry Season is just around the corner which means the iconic sounds, smells and sights of the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are returning.
“We’ve all been eagerly waiting for the markets to reopen so we can enjoy our favourite dishes while watching a legendary sunset.
“Visitors and locals alike love the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and now we have another reason to visit this famous Top End attraction.
“The player signing will be a rare chance for Territory League fans to meet their sporting heroes, and for interstate fans to combine the experience with a visit to our famous markets.
“The Northern Territory Government supports NRL in the NT so Territorians get to watch elite sport at home, and to encourage interstate fans to use the game as an excuse to holiday here. Combining sport with a tourism attraction like the Mindil Beach Sunset markets is a great combination.”
Quotes from Eels co-Captain Clint Gutherson:
“We mark the NT game in our calendar as soon as the NRL draw is released, it’s our favourite away game because it feels like home for us.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our members and fans in Darwin again, and putting on a great show for them against the Cowboys.”
Quotes from North Queensland Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck:
“We’re really excited to be coming back to Darwin. The Northern Territory is home to a large Cowboys supporter base and we always enjoy strong crowd support at TIO Stadium.
“Our players are looking forward to meeting our NT-based fans at the Mindil Beach signing session.”