Sydney Olympic Park: Home of the Blues

31 May 2016

Sydney Olympic Park: Home of the Blues

After the NSW Blues' gut-wrenching 2015 series loss to the Queensland Maroons, the NSW side will be vying for redemption this Wednesday 1 June, when the series opener of the 2016 NRL State of Origin will be held before a crowd of 80,000 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park. 

Ticketholders are strongly advised to leave the car at home and opt for public transport, which is included in the cost of NRL State of Origin tickets. 

Media commentators are reminded that Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb, as declared by the NSW Geographical Naming Board. Please use the correct reference ‘Sydney Olympic Park’ (or ‘Olympic Park’) and NOT Homebush, which is a separate suburb serviced by its own railway station approximately three kilometres away from Olympic Park station. Incorrect reference to the venue causes confusion and leads commuters to disembark at the wrong suburb.

Those planning to drive despite advice otherwise should check the Sydney Olympic Park website for best driving routes and to pre-book parking. 

From 4pm, FREE pre-game entertainment at Sydney Olympic Park will include (but is not limited to):
* VB Sheds at Cathy Freeman Park (opposite ANZ Stadium)
* Loads of family friendly fan activities and vox pops on the big screen
* MC and Hip Hop dance battle
* Over 35 international food stalls and trucks, plus 30 cafés, bars and restaurants to trade late across Olympic Park
* From 5.00pm: The Good Life live performance at Cathy Freeman Park
* From dusk: Sydney Olympic Park landmarks awash with electrifying BLUE lights in support of the NSW team 

From about 6pm, the NSW Blues bus convoy will parade along Olympic Boulevard among what is sure to be a buzzing atmosphere in-precinct. Fans are encouraged to avoid the rush and arrive early to soak-up the FREE entertainment and awesome big game atmosphere.

Game I of the 2016 NRL State of Origin series will kick-off at 8.00pm. ANZ Stadium Gates will open at 5.45pm.

For more information and transport advice, visit Also check-out the Sydney Olympic Park page on Facebook and @OlympicPark_syd on Twitter feeds for more details #Origin #uptheblues.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT: Susan Darwiche or Kate McPherson of AC Verve
T: 02 8004-2462 M: 0414-706-704 (Susan) / 0405-808-796 E:;

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