In a world where professional sport is scrutinised from every angle, it is little wonder the smaller details are starting to make bigger differences.
The biggest ever crowd for a State of Origin match has been set at the MCG for Game 2, with 91,513 packing in to Australia’s greatest sporting stadium.
The previous record for Origin at the MCG was 87,161, set in 1994.
The previous largest crowd of 88,336 for a State of Origin game was set at Stadium Australia in July 1999, a test of the stadium before the 2000 Olympics. The ground had a different seating configuration at the time, with two wings at the end of the ground since being removed from the stadium.
The crowd was the biggest for the year to date for the MCG, which has an absolute capacity of 100,000.
The Blues ran out winners of the contest 26-18, sending the 2015 State of Origin series to a decider in Brisbane.