6 reasons why State of Origin’s return to Adelaide tonight is a must-see event

Adelaide get ready for kick off! The Ampol State of Origin is headed to Adelaide tonight.

South Australia’s record-breaking year of sport in South Australia, the jam-packed calendar of events continues with the return of sport’s greatest rivalry, Ampol State of Origin Game One at Adelaide Oval tonight.

Here’s why South Aussies shouldn’t miss the chance to witness this marquee event on the sporting calendar.

1) Be part of a historic return to Adelaide

This will be only the second time State of Origin has been held in Adelaide and the first ever without COVID-19 capacity restrictions, promising an electric atmosphere from a packed Adelaide Oval crowd. An anticipated 20,000 interstate visitors are expected to make the trip for Game One alongside the hometown crowd.

2) Show how SA does sporting rivalry

The bitter rivalry between NSW and QLD goes as far back as 1908 and can be likened to the intense competition between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide sporting rivalry, and rivalry doesn’t come any bigger than State of Origin. Every year, the three-match battle crosses state lines, divides households and pits mate against mate. It’s time to jump on board, choose your colours and help turn the Oval blue and maroon.

3) Watch a new chapter unfold

After Queensland upset the odds with a stunning last-minute series win in 2022, the onus is on New South Wales’ star-studded team to bounce straight back in Game One this year. But the Maroons have happy memories at the Oval, taking out Game One in 2020 in another great underdog story.

4) Enjoy a night of entertainment for all

While the on-field action will have you on the edge of your seat, an evening at State of Origin is about more than just footy. There will be live music (with the pre-game headliner to be announced shortly), activations, entertainment, food and drink in and around the Oval – with something for fans of all ages.

5) See the best of the best

Though Adelaide isn’t traditionally a Rugby League town, State of Origin is a true bucket list event for any sports fan. One of the biggest events in the Australian sporting calendar, it’s a chance for Adelaideans to witness elite athletes at the peak of their powers, in a contest that never fails to deliver excitement, intensity and drama.

6) Witness the moments that shape the series

Game One weighs heavily across the rest of the series, with the team that comes out on top often going on to take out the coveted Shield. Within that, there’s nothing like the first hit up of Game One – it’s a tackle you will feel from the stands and a crucial statement of intent for both sides.

Event: Ampol State of Origin Game One
Where: Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006
When: Wednesday 31 May, 2023
Cost: From $49 for adults and $195 for families

For more information, and to book, click here.

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