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​Australia’s biggest sporting event – the Rugby League State of Origin series – is coming to Optus Stadium in 2019.

The State Government, through Tourism WA, has won the rights to host the second game of the series between arguably Australia’s biggest sporting rivalry - the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.

Thousands of fans are expected to make the trip to WA to be at the game and millions more will watch the live television broadcast, providing the opportunity to showcase Perth’s transformation and new stadium – with a seating capacity of up to 65,000 – to the rest of Australia.

State of Origin matches are the most watched sporting events on Australian television, drawing an audience of 3.96 million viewers last year, out-rating popular events such as the AFL Grand Final (3.54 million viewers) and the Melbourne Cup (3.07 million viewers).

The 2019 match will be only the 10th time in State of Origin history that part of the series has been played outside New South Wales or Queensland.

When the second State of Origin game was held in Melbourne last year, more than 39,000 travelled from out of State to watch it.

If 20,000 visitors travelled to Perth to watch the 2019 game it would be worth $15 million to the WA economy.

For more information visit the National Rugby League website.

Last Reviewed: 2018-05-21