A sea of maroon is expected to light up the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Game II of the Holden State of Origin series is played at the iconic venue on June 17.
With Tuesday’s official team announcement at the MCG kicking off nine days of activity in Victoria, the Maroons are set to embrace the surge in support from local fans and those travelling from interstate.
The AFL community has already opened its doors for the Maroons, who are grateful for the opportunity to utilise the training facilities of the St Kilda and Richmond football clubs.
Eager to make their mark on and off the field in Melbourne, the Maroons will throw themselves into their training and community events.
The best opportunity for fans to meet Mal Meninga’s team is the Fan Day at Federation Square.
· Maroons Fan Day
Friday, June 12: Federation Square, Melbourne.
Starting at 11am, the site will feature the roving Cane Toad mascot, cheerleaders, trivia competitions and ticket giveaways, as well as interviews with current and former Queensland players. The Queensland team is scheduled to arrive at 12noon.
Maroons Junior Clinic: On Thursday, June 11, the Queensland squad will lead a Maroons Junior Clinic at JL Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne.
More than 240 primary school students will enjoy an hour of fun with the Maroons and NRL Game Development staff. Some of the participants are involved in this year’s Billy Slater Shield.
Calling all Maroons fans ….
Official Maroons pre-game function: On the day of the game (Wednesday, June 17), fans can get into the Origin spirit at the official Maroons pre-game function (bookings essential).
Held at the Transit Rooftop Bar, this event will feature a host of Queensland legends, including Brent Tate and Petero Civoniceva.
Walk: From 6.30pm, supporters are encouraged to soak up the atmosphere by walking together from Federation Square to the MCG.
Maroon Friendly Venues: Get along to the following venues for XXXX Gold specials – Crown Casino - Lagerfield Bar, Transport Bar, The Duke of Wellington Hotel, The Imperial Hotel, Bell's Hotel, Young and Jackson's (Y&J's)