Canberra Raiders slash ticket prices for grand final reunion clash against Canterbury Bulldogs

Canberra rugby league royalty will be on hand for the Raiders' next home game against Canterbury, but ticket prices have been slashed to commemorate the club's last premiership in 1994.

The Raiders say cutting general admission adult prices to $15 for the Canberra Stadium clash on Friday, June 20, has long been in the club's plans and is not a reaction to its poor form or disappointing average home crowd of 9249 this year.

Club legends NSW coach Laurie Daley and Queensland opposite Mal Meninga have both committed to attending, just two days after they wage war against each other in Origin II.

Canberra's 36-12 win in the 1994 decider was Meninga's final match, while Daley also scored a memorable long-range try.

Around 20 players of Canberra's squad have committed to the reunion, including Brett Mullins, Steve Walters and grand final hero Paul Osborne.

Clive Churchill Medal winner and former Raiders coach David Furner is unable to attend due to his assistant coach commitments with North Queensland.

"You can't pull something like this together in a couple of weeks, it's got to be planned,'' Raiders commercial and marketing manager Jason Mathie said.

"We've always said the Raiders-Bulldogs game would be our marquee game for the year, it's the 20th anniversary of the grand final.

"The pricing is one component of a range of initiatives which will be rolled out before the game.

"We'll have a formal function before the game, Raiders and Bulldogs members will have special access to mingle with past and present players there.

"We can do this more readily on a weekday. When we play on a Friday night it's cheaper than Saturday or Sunday because of the labour costs."

The Raiders have lost their past four games, but Canterbury traditionally draw a strong crowd in Canberra.

The $15 general admission adult tickets will be available until midnight this Sunday, with $17.50 tickets then available from midnight Sunday until 5pm on Thursday, June 19.

Canberra's normal pricing is $25 for general admission tickets at the gate, $20 for pre-purchased tickets and $18 for tickets bought by fans within 24 hours of attending the previous home game.

Mathie said the lower pricing is unlikely to become a regular event in fairness to existing members.

"You devalue membership by setting price points too low,'' he said.

"Having said that, a lot of Canberrans don't have a lot of attachment to our club because they're not from here.

"If people commit to 12 games it only costs them $11.67 per match, and if you buy in blocks of three it's $15.

"We try and keep our prices fair for our members, but we thought we should open the door for people who have been non-committal to buying a membership."

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