Suncorp curtain-raiser gets green light
Suncorp Stadium’s surface has been rated safe and playable following the game day inspection of the ground in advance of State of Origin Game Two.
Stadium General Manager, Alan Graham said the inspection and the results of all traction testing indicated the surface was fit for play.
The Australian Rugby League Commission has also advised it is comfortable with the condition of the surface and on that basis has confirmed the curtain-raiser game and pre-game entertainment will proceed ahead of the main game.
Mr Graham said the shaded area at the Northern (Caxton St end) of the field, particularly in the north-west corner, was still a little damp which will make that area a bit slippery and lead to some surface turf being ripped during play.
“But the most important thing is that it’s safe to play on,” he said.
He said traction testing showed higher readings than during last year’s Origin period. The only reading slightly worse is for moisture levels in the north-west corner due to the combination of the shade and recent weather.
Mr Graham said the Stadium had provided both Queensland and New South Wales teams with this updated report on the condition of the surface.