For the uninitiated, State of Origin is the annual best-of-three series of rugby league matches between New South Wales (Blues) and Queensland (Maroons). It’s perhaps Australia’s biggest sporting rivalry, drawing a huge TV audience and selling out stadiums for games. Players are chosen to represent the state in which they first played a senior rugby league match.
Will the NSW Blues be defeated or will the Maroons triumph? After an amazing 8 year Queensland reign, New South Wales took over the mantle of Origin holders last year and will be eager to hold on to it. Whatever the result, it’s bound to be a nail biter when 2015 comes around. Join the thousands of fans who will flock to see the next installment of these epic battles in the flesh.
New South Wales and Queensland will play one State of Origin 2015 game each at home with Game 2 going to Melbourne’s MCG. Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will host the first match on Wednesday May 27, 2015. Kickoff is at 8pm. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will host the final on Wednesday July 8, 2015. For the most passionate State of Origin fans, there are sections available that include a Blues or Maroons supporters pack with the ticket.
ANZ Stadium is less than an hour from the central city with your Sydney car hire. The quickest most direct route is along the A4, getting off the motorway at Birnie Ave. ANZ Stadium is in the Olympic Park precinct, by the aquatic centre and athletic centre. Nearby hotels include the luxurious Pullman, the budget Ibis and the Novotel. However, if you’re travelling a long way to Sydney from out of town for State of Origin, you may wish to stay in the city to make the most of the big smoke. The city has no shortage of accommodation options, from the Four Points by Sheraton and InterContinental to more character filled spots like The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel or The Heritage Hotel.
For a quick bite around the big State of Origin game, grab a sandwich at Cafe Raw, Club Grill or Lotus Story nearby. Or head into Sydney proper itself, where you’ll have your pick of Australian and international cuisine – Japanese and Korean, Greek and Italian, South American and Americana.