Australian rock sensation Jebediah will headline one of the biggest pre-game entertainment festivals in Harvey Norman State of Origin history for a sell-out crowd of more than 82,000 rugby league fans at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
Together with the Sydney Children’s Choir and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir, a Blatchy’s Blues party for thousands of fans at Acer Arena and a Taste of Origin Food Festival, fans will be captivated from the moment they arrive at Sydney Olympic Park.
ARL Chief Executive, Geoff Carr, today encouraged all fans to beat the rush to Origin II and enjoy the pre-game celebrations.
“Origin is more than just a match, it is one of the biggest events in Sydney and the best way to enjoy it is to arrive at ANZ Stadium early and soak up the wonderful atmosphere that only State of Origin can provide,” he said.
“I encourage everyone travelling to ANZ Stadium to plan ahead, utilise the major event public transport services available and enjoy everything from great food and music through to the exciting action of the greatest interstate rivalry in sport.”
Taste of Origin features more than 30 restaurants, cafes, and bars in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, with a host of outlets to be set up along Dawn Fraser Avenue.
From 4.30pm-7.30pm, up to 3,500 Blatchy’s Blues fans will join Origin legends such as Laurie Daley, Gene Miles and Peter and Graeme Wynn, comedian Vince Sorrenti and Continuous Call team favourites the Robertson Brothers at Acer Arena for a pre-game party that will culminate with a NSW VB Blues fans march to ANZ Stadium.
Gates open at 5.45pm ahead of the kick-off to the Under 18s NSW v Queensland match at 6.10pm.
Jebediah, one of the pioneers of the 90s Australian alternative rock scene with hits like Leaving Home, Teflon and Harpoon, will perform "She's Like A Comet" pre-game and "Leaving Home" at half-time.
The Sydney Children’s Choir and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir – known to many through their role in the Qantas Choir – will perform the national anthem.
Game II of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series between NSW and Queensland will kick-off at 8pm.
All tickets to the match include travel on public transport - to and from the game - on CityRail, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses, Liverpool to Parramatta T-way Buses and Sydney Ferries.
Fans are reminded to keep their tickets for the return journey home, as customers must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.
Please note that an additional access fee applies for travel from the airport stations to the city, which will require a separate ticket.
The following transports services will be available:
The closest CityRail station to ANZ Stadium is Olympic Park Station.
Getting there: Regular direct shuttle services are operating between Central and Olympic Park Station from 5.39pm until 9.30pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield stations.
If you’re travelling from other locations you should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for Olympic Park services, departing every 10 minutes to Olympic Park Station from 5pm until 9pm.
Some areas (Illawarra Line, Bankstown Line, Airport & East Hills Line and Northern Line) are also serviced by Sydney Olympic Park major events buses, which provide direct services to and from Sydney Olympic Park.
Getting home: Remember you need to keep your ticket safe for your return journey, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.
Olympic Park to Central services are operating every 5-10 minutes until 12.30am. The final service to depart Olympic Park for Central will be at 1.07pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield stations.
Olympic Park to Blacktown services are stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills and Blacktown stations every 6-9 minutes until 12.50am.
One extra South Line service is operating from Lidcombe Station stopping all stations to Campbelltown at 11pm.
An extra Newcastle & Central Coast service is departing Central at 10.46pm, Strathfield (11pm), Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby then all stations to Newcastle (arriving at 1.58am).
An extra Inner West Line service from Lidcombe departs at 12.41am stopping all stations to City Circle.
An extra South Coast Line service from Central departs at 11.01pm stopping all stations to Wollongong.
For any trackwork information visit www.cityrail.info/service_updates/trackwork/
Use the 131 500 Trip Planner to help plan your journey. It will give you up-to-date train and bus timetable information.
Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus services are operating on all 12 major event bus routes across Sydney, commencing between 4pm and 5.15pm (depending on the route). Bus services will depart Sydney Olympic Park after the game, with the last service departing at 11pm.
Scheduled wheelchair accessible buses operate on every route.
Sydney Buses is operating a normal Sunday timetable. Route 525 operates between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Ferries is operating to a weekday timetable to and from Sydney Olympic Park. If ferry services reach capacity, please consider train services which regularly depart from Circular Quay Station.
ANZ stadium is an approximate 40 minute walk from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus from the wharf which goes near the stadium, which runs until 7.30pm.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) may close some local roads, but access to businesses and residences will be maintained. For more details please check: www.sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au/visiting/transport.
A secure taxi rank will operate in Herb Elliott Avenue near Park Street. Please check www.nswtaxi.org.au for full details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area.
Parking is subject to availability at Sydney Olympic Park. You must pre-book to guarantee a parking space. Parking tickets can be purchased through Ticketek on 132 849.
Customers requiring wheelchair accessible transport through areas affected by trackwork, should contact their local station prior to departure to arrange a low floor bus or other suitable vehicle. Please allow additional time if you require this service.
CityRail: Central, Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown, Granville, Auburn, Lidcombe and Olympic Park stations are all wheelchair accessible
Sydney Buses: 59% of State Transit’s fleet are now wheelchair accessible, and each new bus introduced into the fleet will increase the number of wheelchair accessible buses. Features of these buses include wide doors, wide aisles and space for two mobility aides such as wheelchairs, some ride-on scooters and prams or strollers.
Sydney Ferries: The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible via the 23 wheelchair accessible ferry wharves (pending tidal and safety conditions)
Liverpool Parramatta T-way Buses: All T-way bus services are low floor wheelchair accessible.
For further transport information go to www.131500.info or call 131 500.