State of Origin can make its Adelaide Oval debut pending medical clearance as the NRL, state government and Stadium Management Authority revive event negotiations.
Adelaide has gone from losing its coveted game one slot on June 3 through COVID-19 to a real shot of hosting an Origin blockbuster between New South Wales and Queensland on November 4, 11 or 18.
“We have been in constant dialogue with South Australian Tourism Commission around the State of Origin in Adelaide,” an NRL spokesperson told The Advertiser.
“Circumstances made playing on the original June 3 date impossible, however we are still working through the ability to take the biggest sporting rivalry in Australia to South Australia.
“Playing Origin in Adelaide remains an option for 2020 although clearly we will be guided by restrictions around interstate travel, mass gatherings and venue availability.”
In a crucial development, a government spokesperson confirmed Origin could be played without a crowd in Adelaide if required.
The state government reportedly out-layed between $5-8 million to stage Origin wanting to generate $15 million from an expected 10,000 travelling Blues and Maroons fans.
Optimism around Origin crowds by November are increasing daily as South Australia continues its strong work against COVID-19.
Cricket Australia’s request for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup to be postponed until next year has cleared the decks for the grudge match between Brad Fittler’s Blues and Kevin Walters Maroons at Adelaide Oval. It’s a case of better late than never.
“We are still talking with the NRL about coming to Adelaide. Obviously there are a range of factors to consider within that discussion. We are hopeful to have this finalised in the coming weeks,” said Events SA executive director Hitaf Rasheed.
“We anticipated a great spectacle, with more than 10,000 visitors coming to South Australia for the event.
“The NRL have now put down dates for the State of Origin, including a November 4, 2020 date for Game 1.”
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