MCG to host State of Origin 1 in 2018

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    The Victorian government expects the MCG to beat its State of Origin attendance record when the interstate fixture returns to Melbourne for next year’s series opener.

    Queensland will begin their title defence against NSW on neutral territory, NRL boss Todd Greenberg has confirmed to News Corp Australia, at the 100,000-capacity MCG.

    The June 6 fixture is part of an NRL deal with Victoria that also provided Melbourne with hosting rights for game two in 2015, when 91,513 spectators – a record – watched NSW beat Queensland at the MCG.

    “We hope to see NSW and Queensland fans travelling to Melbourne as well as locals enjoying the best of rugby league in game one,” Greenberg told News Corp.

    State tourism minister John Eren said Victoria would smash its attendance record.

    Melbourne’s hosting in line with the NRL’s policy of playing one game outside Sydney and Brisbane every three years.

    Western Australia will host for the first time when game two of the 2019 series is played at the new Perth Stadium.

    The Maroons won their 11th Origin series in 12 years when they beat NSW 22-6 in Brisbane on Wednesday in the deciding third game.

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    The Crowd Says (14)

    • July 13th 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Bert said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Rugby League and State of Origin are lucky to be able to play the game on the hallowed turf.

      The greatest stadium in the world, in front of 95,000 people.

      Thank you MCG Trust for letting us back. We are blessed.

      This is a great day for Rugby League.

      God Bless Rugby League.

      God Bless the MCG.

      God’s own stadium.

      • July 14th 2017 @ 12:23am
        Mad Max said | July 14th 2017 @ 12:23am | ! Report

        That’s deep mate.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 12:45pm
      Crosscoder said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

      Yes have to agree ,the MCG is hallowed turf in this world renowned stadium, and indeed a privilege to play a top line rugby league match there.

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      July 13th 2017 @ 5:50pm
      Shoudy Chen said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

      This will be an advantage for both sides to play in front of a record crowd at the MCG.
      The good news is that this will not clash with AFL and other sporting events.
      Will see unprecedented record ratings for Melbourne viewers.
      This is a major sporting event happening nationally.
      Well done Melbourne.

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      July 13th 2017 @ 8:19pm
      Anthony said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:19pm | ! Report


      Call me a traditionalist, I’m on the other side of the fence. As a northerner, I always feel a downer when I hear Origin or Bledisloe being played at the MCG. It is akin to playing the AFL grand final at the Gabba or in Sydney. Be good to see it kept to the North of the Barassi lin.

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      July 13th 2017 @ 8:19pm
      Anthony said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

      The other issue. the MCG is a round stadium. Just doesn’t feel the same atmosphere wise. Square peg. Round hole.

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        July 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm
        Flat White said | July 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

        Not true. The 2015 game there was outstanding to be at (but for a Qld loss). There is not a bad seat in the house. They put on a massive event and the stadium is (equal with Suncorp as) the best in the country

    • July 13th 2017 @ 9:28pm
      Justin Kearney said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

      Great ground to watch league. Count me in.

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