Jun 23

Sydney set for blockbuster weekend of footy

Saturday 23 June 2018 4:02pm

Ministerial media release

Sports fans have descended on Sydney for a festival of football, with the NSW Government securing the Women’s State of Origin last night, the Wallabies vs Ireland and Palm Pacific NRL Test tonight and State of Origin Two tomorrow night.

Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said Sydney is the undisputed home of sport this weekend.

“A blockbuster quartet of fixtures will attract more than 27,000 overnight visitors and kick $15.2 million into the NSW economy,” Mr Ayres said.

“The two Origin matches are historic and with a sell-out crowd set to watch the Wallabies take on Ireland, the sporting spotlight will be shining brightly on Sydney this weekend.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the popularity of this weekend’s games shows the demand for world-class sporting events in Sydney is sky high.

“Sydney has served up a smorgasbord of action this weekend, and the big winner is the NSW economy,” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government is focused on attracting the best domestic and international sporting events to the State that deliver significant economic benefits and showcase NSW to the world.

“Vivid Sydney may have finished but our accommodation providers, restaurants, bars and boutiques are set for yet another bumper weekend.”

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will glow blue again on Sunday night in support of NSW after lighting up for our female Origin stars last night. It will also turn green and gold on Saturday in support of the Wallabies after showing its colours for the Soceroos on Thursday. The bridge lights will be on from 6:00pm.



Vanessa Grimm | Minister Ayres | 0419 744 236

Georgie Humphries | Minister Marshall | 0418 495 502

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