• STAND-ALONE SUNDAY STATE OF ORIGIN GAME AT ANZ STADIUM

24 Aug 2017

  • The crucial Game II of the 2018 Holden State of Origin series will be played on Sunday 24 June at ANZ Stadium;
  • The NRL has declared that this match will have stand-alone billing that weekend – with no other NRL matches to be played;
  • The Origin blockbuster will be one of a number of major events included in the 2018 ANZ Stadium Membership program.

Julian Keith

SYDNEY’S home of major events, ANZ Stadium, will host a historic first stand-alone Holden State of Origin match next year . . . a Sunday blockbuster that promises to be one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2018.

Desperate to end the Queensland Maroons’ Origin dynasty, the NSW Blues will get the chance to play in front of their parochial home fans in the crucial State of Origin Game II on Sunday 24 June.

The match will kick off at 7.45pm after a huge pre-game party in Sydney Olympic Park.

With NRL CEO Todd Greenberg confirming that the Sydney Origin game will stand alone – without any other NRL matches that weekend – this is a must-see event on the Australian sporting calendar in 2018.

ANZ Stadium Members will be able to access this historic State of Origin Match as part of their 2018 Membership. Learn more about ANZ Stadium Membership.

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Melbourne will host the opening game of the 2018 State of Origin series on Wednesday June 6. Game III will be played in Brisbane on Wednesday 11 July.

Origin has not been held on a Sunday night since the 2001 series — the only time the games were played on a Sunday.

There will be no NRL matches played around the Sunday Origin match, with the regular season reduced from 26 to 25 rounds.

General public tickets for 2018 Holden State of Origin Game II will go on sale later this year.

2014 was the last time NSW won the State of Origin series, with Game II in Sydney proving to be the decisive match . . . setting in train a celebration to remember.

The reality is the Blues were just three minutes from winning the 2017 series after Queensland came from behind to snatch victory at ANZ Stadium after trouncing the Maroons in Game I in Brisbane.

The Blues have won 5 of the last 9 games on home turf at ANZ Stadium, with the parochial Blues crowd making the difference.

Origin fans will be celebrating before the game even starts with the traditional pre-game party lighting up the Sydney Olympic Park on the day.

Once the gates open, ANZ Stadium will turned into a glowing sea of blue with up to 15,000 Blatchys Blues fans to pack the northern end of the Stadium. 

Sydney Olympic Park will come alive with a sea of blue and a host of food, activities and entertainment happening outside ANZ Stadium before the game.