- Perth to host rugby league State of Origin Game II in June 2022
- New South Wales Blues to play Queensland Maroons at Optus Stadium
- State of Origin clash one of the nation's biggest annual sporting events
- successful 2019 event had multimillion dollar benefits for WA tourism, supporting the economy and local jobs.
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has secured Game II of the three-game series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons, to be held at Optus Stadium in June 2022.
The announcement is a major win for Western Australia, with the rugby league showcase rivalling the AFL Grand Final as the nation's biggest sporting spectacle — attracting record crowds and millions of television viewers.
Perth became the centre of a rugby league fan frenzy in June 2019, when Optus Stadium hosted its first ever State of Origin in front of a sold-out capacity crowd of more than 59,000 people.
Close to 11,700 people visited WA for that game, spending more than $19 million and staying nearly 69,500 combined nights — generating huge benefits for WA tourism businesses, hotels, bars, restaurants and other hospitality operators.
WA's key tourism attractions and the spectacular Optus Stadium were also showcased in a television broadcast of the match watched by about 1.96 million viewers around the country.
The success of WA's 2019 State of Origin sparked further commitments by the NRL and the State Government to bring more league games to the west. This included the NRL Nines tournament held in February last year which attracted 3,783 visitors to WA, who
spent more than $5.7 million.
The date for the match and ticketing details will be announced later this year.