The 2020 State of Origin series will kick off in Adelaide for the first time after the NRL finalised venues for the men’s and women’s series.
Adelaide Oval will host the opening Origin match on Wednesday, November 4.
Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will host Game II on Wednesday, November 11, and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will host a potential decider on Wednesday, November 18.
The Women’s State of Origin will be held on Friday, November 13 at Sunshine Coast Stadium – this year’s home venue for the Melbourne Storm.
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the biggest rivalry in Australian sport.
“This year will be special,” Abdo said.
“The concept has come so far since Arthur Beetson famously led Queensland onto Lang Park in 1980 with his hands covered in chalk.
“This year, for the first time, it will be played as its own stand-alone series throughout November. Fans have long suggested the series should be played in a separate window to the Telstra Premiership, and now we have the opportunity to trial the concept.”
Abdo praised the commission and the game’s government partners for working tirelessly with health officials to ensure Origin is showcased across three different states this year.
“State of Origin is the greatest rivalry in Australian sport and Australia’s most-watched television event,” he said.
“It transcends the two states and captivates the interests of the entire nation.
“We are excited to play this historic game in South Australia for the very first time.
“In recent years Origin has captivated Melbourne and Perth, and we cannot wait to see how the people of Adelaide respond. The interest from states, outside NSW and Queensland, to host our showpiece event is extraordinary.”
Queensland’s Kalyn Ponga is rounded up by the NSW defence in last year’s Origin match in Perth. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Abdo said crowd capacities at each venue would be determined before the end of the month. The NRL will work closely with each venue to implement COVIDSafe plans to ensure a safe environment for all crowds.
Supporters who had previously purchased general tickets, NRL hospitality or NRL travel packages will be contacted directly by either the NRL, Ticketek or NRL official agents regarding their purchase and options available to them.
A two-week refund window has been created for fans who have purchased tickets but will not be able to attend the games.
Abdo also declared the stand-alone women’s Origin in Queensland would be another highlight of the season.
He said the commission had made it a priority to ensure all elite women’s domestic matches proceeded as scheduled this year.
“To be able to play our third ever women’s Origin match on the Sunshine Coast as originally hoped is incredibly important to us,” he said.
“The women’s game is such an important part of our game, and despite the pandemic, we will play both NRLW and women’s Origin this season. In a year full of challenges, we will make history again with the first women’s Origin match in Queensland.”
The rescheduled State of Origin matches are as follows:
Game I – Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Adelaide Oval
Game II – Wednesday, November 11, 2020, ANZ Stadium
Game III – Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Suncorp Stadium
Women’s SOO – Friday, November 13, 2020, Sunshine Coast Stadium
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