Workers put finishing touches on Cbus Stadium ahead of 2021 State of Origin finale
Published Wednesday, 14 July, 2021 at 09:00 AM
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs
The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon
Final preparations are underway at the Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium today, ahead of tonight’s historic first ever NRL State of Origin match.
A sell-out crowd of 27,000 is expected for the game supported by the Palaszczuk Government under the state’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government worked with organisers over the weekend to safely relocate State of Origin three to Queensland.
“Today will go down in the history of this city – the first time the Gold Coast has ever held a State of Origin,” the Premier said.
“This is only possible thanks to the way Gold Coasters have responded to the pandemic and worked hard to keep each other safe.
“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 local 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.”
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the State of Origin three was another example of Queensland’s ability to stage big events.
“Queensland has the stadium infrastructure and we’re in a position to play a State of Origin to a full house on the Gold Coast because of the hard work of Queenslanders in managing the health impacts of the Covid pandemic,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We wish it was under better circumstances and we’re thinking of family and friends in Greater Sydney, but we’re willing and able to help the NRL see the State of Origin series through.
“The Gold Coast and Cbus Super Stadium will provide the ideal hunting ground for the Maroons’ football redemption and also contribute to the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan.
“State of Origin three is expected to deliver up to $2 million to the Gold Coast’s visitor economy.
“For maroon and blue Origin fans coming to the match from Brisbane or south of the border, tonight is a good excuse to book a luxury room and make the most of the Gold Coast’s world-famous hospitality.”
Member for Gaven and Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said hosting a State of Origin was great opportunity for the Gold Coast.
“To have one of the NRL’s biggest football events played right here on the Gold Coast really is a dream come true for local league fans,” Ms Scanlon said.
“We know the tourism industry has been doing it tough mid-week and that’s what makes Origin three important to the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.
“Cbus Super Stadium is always at its best when we have a full house and with a State of Origin in play the atmosphere will be electric.
“This is our chance to paint the town maroon and remind Australia why the Gold Coast is the nation’s favourite holiday destination.”
Cbus Super Stadium Manager Kristian Blundell said preparation was going well.
“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.”
Grounds Manager Phil Burke said the field was in great shape ahead of the match.
“We didn’t have a match on the weekend so the field is in great condition, line-marking and logos were completed ahead of the team captains’ runs and we’ll do some final touches this morning,” Mr Burke said.
“Tops of 22 degrees and a bit cloudy today, which will hopefully favour the Maroons and given they’ve been training here for the past week, they should know the field well,” he said.
“Even with the short notice, the field is in a great position heading into the game, it will be a fast surface with a little dew meaning it will provide some free-flowing football!"
Gates open at 6:30pm with kick off at 8:10pm.
Tickets available at www.ticketek.com.au.
Key messages for fans:
- Please be COVID safe. Remember masks and QR code check-ins are mandatory
- Plan your trip – visit cbussuperstadium.com.au for transport and parking options
- Print or download your ticket
- Arrive early, know your gate
- Travel light – bags must be smaller than A4, and strollers, cameras and umbrellas are not permitted.
- Enjoy making history!
For event information visit www.cbussuperstadium or check Facebook for updates.
Premier's office: Jack Harbour - 0419 620 447
Minister Hinchliffe's office: Darren Roberts - 0427 475 089