The Newcastle Knights have decided to take one of their pre-season trial games to Maitland's new-look No.1 Sportsground.
They'll play Parramatta on Saturday February 24 to launch the revamped stadium, which now boasts a new 1100-seat grandstand.
"Obviously the Knights are the Hunter’s very own team but we understand there are also a lot of Eels fans around the city, so we’re hoping this match will draw a big local crowd," Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said.
It will be the Knights final trial match before the 2018 season proper kicks off.
"With a host of new recruits joining the Club this season, this trial match will be a great opportunity for our fans to see those players in action for the very first time," Knights CEO Philip Gardner said.
There will be five games of footy played at Maitland No.1 Sportsground, including under 16, under 18, under 20 and reserve grade teams before the NRL match.
General sale tickets for the match will go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 4 December and can be purchased online at maitlandevents.com.au or over the counter at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.
Tickets are $20 for grandstand seating, $10 for general admission and while children under 12 are free, a ticket will still need to be booked for each child along with the adult ticket.