The historic Adelaide Oval will play host to Game 1 of State of Origin Series. The expansion to South Australia continues the trend that started in 2015 with Melbourne. NRL’s CEO, Todd Greenberg, said the expansion of Origin to Adelaide is a fantastic development, one that will truly show that the State of Origin is the premier sporting event in Australia.
“Melbourne embraced State of Origin in 2015 and we expect another special night at the MCG for Game One this year,” Mr. Greenberg said.
“The fact that this contest will be embraced by Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide in consecutive years is a significant coup for the game. Adelaide is a new market in terms of hosting this match but we know that Origin is a popular event in the city, as it is across the country.”
Back in 2015, Melbourne hosted the Game 2 of the series, with a packed capacity of over 90,000 people watching as New South Wales Blue record an 18-26 win over Queensland Maroons. Queensland Maroons would go on to win the series with an emphatic 52-6 victory at the Suncorp Stadium.
Melbourne also hosted the series in 2018, which became the start of what has become a nationwide tour. Perth hosted the Game 2 of the 2019 Origin to another record crowd, further solidifying the need for expansion to other states in Australia.
NSWRL CEO David Trodden said: “The NSWRL is supportive of expanding and growing Rugby League by taking the jewel in the game’s crown to new markets.
“While ANZ Stadium is the Home of the Blues, Adelaide Oval is a wonderful venue which has staged some magnificent events and I am sure the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues will embrace the opportunity to play there.
“State of Origin is an iconic national event and it is great to be able to bring it to the people of Adelaide.”
The expansion of the State of Origin to other states in the country has led to a bidding war among the State Governments. The financial benefits of holding a State of Origin series game in a state has encouraged other state governments to look to bring the showpiece event to their own fans. It is reported that each state involved in the 2020 Origin will make over $15 million from the game holding in its state.
“Origin will be headed to uncharted territory with the NRL striking a multimillion-dollar deal with the South Australian government to play a historic match at the Adelaide Oval in 2020”, this is a tweet from the official Twitter page of NRL when the announcement was made. It is truly historic because this will be the first time a State of Origin series game will be held within the southern coast.
The Origin expansion tour is only going to get bigger from here; some are even expecting future games to hold outside of Australia. This is a really interesting prospect for all.