More than 1400 tickets to the opening match of the 2014 Holden State of Origin series were purchased today and further strong sales are expected this week as fans grab a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the 100th game.
Queensland Rugby League Managing Director Robert Moore met with NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind in Brisbane today ahead of the May 28 Origin opener between the XXXX Maroons and VB Blues.
“There were encouraging signs from the start of the day with more than 500 tickets sold by lunch time,” Mr Kind said.
“Fans are buying in the higher end of the price categories that we’ve got available, as Silver is currently outselling the new White category by two to one.
“It’s important that fans are aware that the majority of tickets we’ve got available are in the two price categories of $180 (Silver) and $125 (White). The Bronze category tickets have been snapped up.”
Mr Moore wished to clarify a number of key points following recent media reports.
“Original ticket prices have not been changed or reduced. No current ticket holder will be disadvantaged as we have simply introduced a new category in sections of the stadium where there were limited sales,” Mr Moore said.
Mr Moore said outside of Maroon Memberships, General Public tickets ranged from $80 to $250.
He said these prices are comparative to the Sydney Origin match and other major sporting events in Australia.
The prices have lifted from previous years to bring the Queensland Origin games into line with the same pricing structure as NSW. As it currently stands, Game 2 has sold as many tickets as the Brisbane match with four weeks until the Sydney game.
But for now the focus is on Game 1 and the 100th clash between two fierce rivals.
“Origin is one of the great sporting experiences and next Wednesday night will provide a fabulous celebration of the rich history born out of that unforgettable first match in 1980,” Moore said.
Mr Kind today said the pre-match entertainment would add to the experience.
“The game has put together a tribute to the legends who have made Origin what it is today,” he said.
“Many of the best players in rugby league over the 100 games will be present at a special pre-game celebration which will include a 50 piece orchestra, the voice of Ray Warren and all of our legends.”
Mr Kind said there had been a belief amongst some supporters that Origin 1 would be an immediate sell out.
“Historically the Queensland Origin match has sold out, but I think there are still fans out there who would love to experience Origin, many of them who may not have experienced Origin before,” he said.
“Knowing that seats are available and knowing that they are priced comparatively to other major sports should encourage fans to come along.
“For anyone who has been, there is nothing like Origin at Suncorp. It is a special experience and we hope that fans get out there to enjoy the occasion.”
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