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NRL Grand Final About 4000 Seats Short Of A Sellout - Huffington Post Australia

The NRL Grand final was about 4,000 seats short of a sellout, with an official crowd of 79,722 at the 83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium. It was bad luck for NRL suits desperate to fill ANZ Stadium that the 2017 decider featured two out of Sydney teams ...and more »

Politically themed items not banned at NRL grand final: ANZ Stadium - SBS - The World Game

Security will be tight when fans enter ANZ Stadium with concerns the gay marriage stoush will be carried into the venue for the NRL grand final. Updated Updated 1 October 2017. Sydney's ANZ Stadium has dismissed reports fans will be banned from flying ...and more »

Macklemore Performs 'Same Love' At NRL Grand Final, And It was Glorious, And The World Didn't End - Huffington Post Australia

Macklemore played the NRL Grand Final. Macklemore was glorious at the NRL Grand Final. And the crowd absolutely loved it. Marriage equality supporters would have loved it too, especially when he sang the song "Same Love", which he'd promised to play ...and more »

Dutton: NRL creating precedent for social issues with Macklemore song - The Australian

Immigration minister Peter Dutton said the National Rugby League was creating a precedent for future social messages being part of the code if it allowed grand final entertainer Macklemore to promote gay marriage. Mr Dutton said the NRL, as the sponsor ...and more »

Macklemore to donate Australian proceeds of song Same Love to 'yes' campaign - The Sydney Morning Herald

US rapper Macklemore has indicated he will donate his Australian earnings from his hit song Same Love to the "yes" campaign in the same-sex marriage survey. The star has found himself at the centre of the country's gay marriage debate after a backlash ...and more »

No NRL grand final rainbow flag ban, confirms Sydney's Olympic stadium ahead of Macklemore performance - ABC Online

Sydney's Olympic stadium has clarified its position on rainbow flags at tonight's NRL grand final, saying flags and banners are permitted at the rugby league decider. There have been several media reports, amid the political controversy over music star ...and more »

SSM: George Brandis backs Macklemore for NRL Grand Final entertainment amid Tony Abbott criticism - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore has found a seemingly unlikely ally in the classically trained legal mind of Attorney-General George Brandis. Key points: Brandis' says Abbott's comments about rapper are "bizarre"; Macklemore says he is getting "a lot of tweets ...and more »

'Equality for all': Macklemore's final message to Australia - SBS

US rapper Macklemore finished his performance at the NRL grand final with one message to Australians. Updated Updated 1 October 2017. Despite the controversial lead-up to Macklemore's performance at the NRL grand final, it finished with one simple ...and more »

Macklemore's Same Love hits number 1 on iTunes amid NRL same-sex marriage controversy - ABC Online

Criticism from some conservatives opposed to the politics of Macklemore's Same Love has not dulled support for the hip-hop singer's pro-same-sex marriage song ahead of his performance at the NRL grand final. The track, which was written with Ryan Lewis ...and more »

Macklemore declares 'equality for all' after singing Same Love at NRL grand final - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore has ended his controversial performance of pro-same-sex marriage song Same Love at the NRL grand final by saying "equality for all" as rainbow-coloured fireworks exploded behind him. After a week of controversy over his decision to ...and more »