Tourism bosses and city leaders are celebrating today after the Gold Coast managed to secure the third and final clash of this year’s State of Origin series.
The dead-rubber game was set to be played in Newcastle on Wednesday, but will now take place at Robina’s CBUS Super Stadium due to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in NSW.
The NRL announced the shock move on Saturday night after being informed by the NSW Government that they would not be allowed to host the event with a crowd.
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While it’s disappointing news for Newcastle, the move has delighted Gold Coast Rugby League fans who will be able to witness an Origin game on home turf for the first time ever.
An ecstatic Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who first flagged the possibility of hosting the clash at CBUS more than three weeks ago, said he couldn’t be more excited.
“We got it Gold Coast, a huge win for our city as we show Australia that top-level sport is alive on the Gold Coast,” the Mayor told myGC.
“We will do State of Origin three proud… Forget the final score, the winner is the Gold Coast!”
The Mayor said the securement of the clash is a credit to the successful relationship between the State Government, Council and the city’s peak tourism body.
“Looking at the co-operation between the State and City of Gold Coast and Destination Gold Coast, that’s the reason why we could host this major event,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to a real battle on the field come Wednesday night.
“Congratulations Graham Annesley and the whole NRL for making a quick decision to turn it around… We are so happy to be part of that decision”.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said it could not have come at a more critical time for our struggling tourism industry.
“We are excited to work with the Queensland Government, the City of Gold Coast and the NRL to bring this opportunity to our City after what has been a really heartbreaking and challenging period for our tourism industry,” Ms O’Callaghan said.
“We know that the bumper school holiday period that we anticipated did not eventuate, so to be able to host the third game in the State of Origin series could not come at a more critical time to try and boost visitation.
“So to all the footy fans out there – there is no better time or place to book your mid-week Origin Mates break.
“The Gold Coast is rolling out the red carpet for you!”
Tickets to the game at Cbus Super Stadium go on sale here on Tuesday 13 July, with Titans and Broncos members being given first access from 11am.
Presale and NRL waitlist tickets will then be on offer from midday, before General Public tickets go on sale at 2pm.
Tickets start from just $49, with a limited number of restricted view seats available from $25.
Those lucky enough to secure tickets are being reminded that masks must be worn when moving around the venue and while seated unless eating and drinking.
There will also be no cash facilities at the Stadium, with all transactions to be by contactless card.