Staff have been working around the clock to get Cbus Stadium ready for tonight’s Origin decider which will be a historic night for the Gold Coast and Queensland.
It’s the first time ever that an Origin game will be held here on the Gold Coast, but the decision was only made a few days ago.
Final preparations are being made today, in order to cater for a sell-out crowd of around 27,000 people.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tonight will go down in history.
“This is only possible thanks to the way Gold Coasters have responded to the pandemic and worked hard to keep each other safe,” the Premier said.
“No matter the result tonight, the Gold Coast will be the real winner.
“Events like this inject millions of dollars into the local economy and support jobs.
“I know that many locals have struggled throughout the pandemic.
“By hosting events like State of Origin we can help businesses, particularly in the tourism industry to rebuild and recover.
“Here’s hope the Maroons can turn things around on the Gold Coast.”
Cbus Super Stadium Manager Kristian Blundell says preparation is going well but it’s been a mammoth effort.
“With three days’ notice this is the shortest lead-up to Origin in history, but preparations have gone well and we’re ready and raring to go,” Mr Blundell said.
“We’re expecting a full house, so we’ve got around 1,000 staff working tonight, including around 700 hospitality staff who we expect will sell around 4,000 pies, 12,000 chips and 14,000 litres of beer,” he said.
“This is history in the making, and we want everyone to remember the event for the right reasons, so fans should plan ahead, check the website for transport options and get there early to ensure you don’t miss a moment.
“Please help us provide a safe environment, bring your mask and wear it whenever you’re not seated, check-in via the QLD Govt Check-In Qld app when you arrive, and keep up the hygiene.”
Gates open at 6:30pm with kick off at 8:10pm.