Footy fans urged to keep rivalry on the field as State of Origin wraps up in Sydney

Footy fans are being reminded to keep the rivalry on the field as the final game of State of Origin 2016 kicks off in Sydney tonight.

Thousands of fans are expected to head into ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park for some pre-game entertainment from 5.10pm this afternoon, before the teams go head-to-head at 8pm.

NSW Police have warned that a high-visibility police operation will be on-going throughout the night, with a focus on targeting anyone engaged in anti-social behaviour or alcohol-related crime.


South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, reminded spectators the State of Origin series is a celebrated annual event and everyone deserves to enjoy the match safely.

“We understand there’s always a friendly amount of rivalry amongst fans at the State or Origin, but I urge all spectators to keep it safe and recognise the true spirit of the game,” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

“Anyone who chooses to engage in criminal, anti-social or unsafe behaviour will be identified and dealt with accordingly.

Spectators are reminded their game ticket also gives them free travel on public transport services to and from the match.

“Tomorrow’s game is an integrated ticketing event, so with additional direct train services and Sydney Olympic Park buses available, public transport is certainly your best option in getting to and from the stadium,” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

For the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses, ferries and taxi’s you can visit: or call 131 500.