Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the decision to host State of Origin in Townsville.
The game on June 9, will be the first Origin ever held in a regional city.
The Premier said delivering the game to Townsville is part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.
“Our prayers have been answered,” the Premier said.
“To bring the game we love to the fans who love it most in their own stadium is truly special.
“If the ‘Queenslander’ chant puts the frighteners into the Blues, just wait till they hear it from North Queensland.”
Operation Origin began last week when a COVID outbreak cast doubt on Melbourne being able to host Game One.
Negotiations with the NRL began and the Premier said she is delighted they have come to fruition.
“We saw what Magic Round did for Brisbane,” the Premier said.
“Hotels, pubs and restaurants were filled and cabbies reported their busiest weekend since COVID.
“That’s what we expect to happen in and around Townsville as fans flock to this historic event.”
Ten B-double trucks are already on standby to take temporary grandstands to Country Bank Stadium.
An additional 1872 seats will take its capacity from 25,455 seats to 27,327, turning the stadium into a mini-Cauldron.
Giant screens will be erected in Flinders Street to cope with the overflow with bands and entertainment for the entire family.
The Premier thanked the NRL and its chairman Peter V’Landys for the decision.
She noted it came as the Maroons announced its 20-man squad for Game One.
“Origin unites us like nothing else does,” the Premier said.
“Let’s paint the State Maroon and celebrate this great moment.”
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk