The Hunter has always been home to McDonald Jones and for the second year running, we'll be sponsoring the Newcastle Knights as they tackle new challenges as a new team.
To rally the spirits of supporters after being awarded the wooden spoon three years in a row, the Knights started the season with a free Community Season Launch event held on Saturday 17 February at our largest home to date - McDonald Jones Stadium.
If the Knights perform as well as the launch, we can expect a brilliant season ahead! The event buzzed with enthusiasm and excitement as fans showed support for the new team featuring the likes of Mitchell Pearce and upcoming star Kalyn Ponga.
Not only were families able to meet and greet the new team members, there was also a mobile zoo, jumping castle and a junior clinic on the field.
We couldn't help but join in the fun as well with free water bottle and shield giveaways to bring to the games, and bringing back our popular augmented reality booth. Fans were able to capture a range of footy experiences, including dancing with the Knights Cheerleaders! If you attended the Community Season Launch on the weekend, make sure to pick up your photos here.
We'll have our mixed reality photo booth running at every Knights home game this season so make sure to check it out! That includes Round 1 of the NRL season when the Knights take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday 9 March.
We're wishing the team the best of luck for 2018 and trust they'll be able to tackle whatever 2018 throws at them.