Use the #ORIGIN hashtag on social media during kickoff and the best post, as judged by the NRL will win!*

The NSW VB Blues take on the Queensland XXXX Maroons in Holden State of Origin II at the MCG. Here's everything you need to know about game day!

State of Origin - Sport's greatest rivalry

Wig & T-shirt Collection

Calling all Maroons supporters in Melbourne!

Maroons 18th Man Packs: If you are sitting in the Maroons supporter bays, you can collect your Maroons 18th Man supporter gear from the marquee between gates 5 and 6 adjacent to AFL Playground. 

If you are collecting for group members as well, please ensure you have all tickets on hand and ready to be marked off. Make sure you allow extra time to collect your gear!

*Note: T-Shirts are available in Large and Extra Large only.

Click for larger view

Calling all Blues Supporters in Melbourne!

To collect your Blatchy's Blues supporter gear, head to gates 1 and 2 near the Hugh Trumble Café, or below light tower 5 between gates 1 and 7.

*Note: T-Shirts are available in Large and Extra Large only.

How do I get to the game?

The MCG is one of the most accessible sporting venues in the world!

Walk: The best way to get to the venue from the city is by foot – only 15 minutes. 

From 6.30pm, supporters are encouraged to soak up the atmosphere in Federation Square and walk together along the Yarra River to the MCG – 10-15 mins

Catch a Train or Tram: Melbourne is known for its excellent Public Transport Facilities. 

There are two train stations close to the MCG: Jolimont (otherwise known as MCG Station) is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park or Richmond Station on the south eastern side of the MCG.

Trams 48, 70 and 75 all provide MCG access.

Visit Public Transport Victoria to plan your trip.

Click for larger view

What's on before the game?

Gates open at 5:30pm and sports greatest rivalry begins from 5:45pm with a curtain raiser match between NSW and Queensland Under-18s. 

Don't be late for State of Origin's MCG pyrotechnic spectacular light outs show at 7:45pm, before the main game kicks off at 8:00pm

Precinct activity

The MCG precinct will be bursting with activities and entertainment for you to enjoy. 

There will be plenty of food and drink options both inside and outside the grounds, so get there early and enjoy this rare sporting experience – State of Origin at the MCG! 

Any pre-purchased tickets can be collected from the Ticketek box office to the left-hand side of Gate 3.

NRL State of Mind

Join NRL Community ambassadors, Dallas Johnson, Anthony Minichiello, Brett Kimmorley and Petero Civoniceva at the Headspace marquee in the precinct to support State of Mind and discuss how you can make a difference to a big issue that impacts our Game and our communities – mental illness. 

NSW VB Blues Activity

It's back to the future with Blues major sponsor, nib, at Origin Game 2. The health fund is channelling the 80’s with the nib Break Dance Crew and a free photo booth to the outer concourse of the MCG from 5:30pm until kick-off. You can even break out your best 80’s dance moves during the nib Dance Cam segment before kick-off, because Origin is the best time to let your hair down and celebrate why it’s good to be human.

Queensland XXXX Maroons Activity

A sea of maroon is expected to light up the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Game II of the Holden State of Origin series is played at the iconic venue on June 17. 

For all the details on how you and your mates can get involved and show your Maroon pride, click here

National Sports Museum at the MCG

If you've got the time, we'd highly recommended taking a MCG guided tour. Go behind the scenes of one of the world's most iconic stadiums, and discover Australia's largest collection of memorabilia – including a special State of Origin collection, inside the National Sports Museum. 

For bookings and further information, phone (03) 9657 8879 or click here to visit the website.

Follow the @MCG on Twitter for more information on the day.

Crown Casino photography exhibition

To celebrate Sports Greatest Rivalry, Crown are hosting a special State of Origin photography exhibition located on the Level 1 retail precinct at Crown, Southbank. Displaying some of the game’s best Origin moments, it's worth checking out! 

How do I show my true colours 

Don't forget to grab your 2015 official State of Origin merchandise from the stadium outlets before the game!

The outlets have jerseys, headwear, hoodies, scarves and much more to keep you warm from the Melbourne chill this Holden State of Origin Series! Head to the stadium outlets, located around the venue during the game and gear up!”

The outlet locations for the MCG are: 

Internal: Gate 1 and Gate 5

There are external outlets between gates 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, at the Bus turning circle, and from the Pantech truck outside gate 3

Join the conversation online

Immerse yourself in sport's greatest rivalry by being a part of the conversation using the official #Origin hashtag.

WIN the #Origin Game Ball

The NRL is giving away one of the actual game balls used during State of Origin Game 2, signed by both NSW and QLD captains. 

For you chance to win this extremely rare prize simply show us how you’re watching the game! 

Post a photo or video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and make sure you use the #Origin hashtag within 5 minutes of tonight’s kick off.

The best post, as judged by the NRL will win the signed game ball! 

Terms and Conditions at NRL.com

If you are a NSW VB Blues fan, support your team using #UpTheBlues and don't forget to follow and like:

Twitter @NSWRL 

Instagram @NSWRL1908 

Facebook.com/NSWBlues

For those north of the boarder get behind the XXXX Maroons using #QLDER, follow and like: 

Twitter @QLDmaroons  

Instagram @QLDmaroons

Facebook.com/QLDMaroons

If you'd like to know what the NRL are saying and for any event updates:

Twitter @NRL

Facebook.com/NRL

Instagram @NRL