NEWCASTLE Knights by name, Hunter Knights by nature.
There was no denying the NRL team had a huge support base at Maitland Sportsground on Saturday.
They may have fallen 26-6 to the Eels, but they were grateful for the 6,526 people who turned out to cheer on the guys in red and blue.
Sporting results aside, it was an exciting moment for Maitland tourism.
The sportsground received praise from footy fans and officials alike, following its recent $8.6million development.
Saturday’s trial game, which sold out well before the match, was the first to be played on the new field.
To follow the Newcastle Knights’ progress during the 2018 season, visit the Newcastle Knights website.