State of Origin possibly hosted in another Queensland town

Townsville could host a State of Origin in 2020 or 2021 if the Liberal Party win the next state election.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls has pledged to launch a formal bid within 100 days of the LNP being elected.

Mr Nicholls said rugby league-mad North Queensland deserved the Origin encounter and the economic benefits the game would bring.


“We want to bring this game to the new Townsville Stadium aka the Johnathan Thurston Arena,” he said.

“The exposure gained across North Queensland would do wonders for tourism and business.

“As part of the bid process, we will request both the Blues and the Maroons be based in other Northern rugby league strongholds such as Mackay and Cairns in the lead-up to the game.

“North Queenslanders deserve this game as their loyalty to rugby league is unquestioned – sending matches to Melbourne or Perth is a kick in the guts for all Queenslanders. I believe it is essential to take the game to where the most loyal fans and stakeholders are.”

10 million Australian viewers watched the State of Origin series this year, making it the largest sporting event in the country.