Perth has been declared as the neutral location for the upcoming State of Origin contests slated for 2025 and 2028. This decision follows the regular tradition since 2018, where at least a single Origin match is held outside the typical Brisbane and Sydney venues annually. Melbourne has already gotten the nod to host the 2024 and 2026 iterations.
In a recent Sunday announcement, the National Rugby League (NRL) confirmed their partnership with the Western Australian government. This collaboration is set to bring another two matches to Perth, a city that has previously hosted the Origin series twice.
Perth’s Optus Stadium has previously seen the second encounters of the 2019 and 2022 Origin series, with crowd numbers exceeding 59,000 spectators. Both events culminated in substantial victories for New South Wales.
“The securing of support from the Western Australian government to host our game’s banner event in Perth for 2025 and 2028 is a significant endorsement for Rugby League. It indicates a strong appetite for the sport in the west,” celebrated Blues coach Brad Fittler.
This development occurs amongst ongoing discussions within the NRL about the establishment of an 18th franchise. The West Australian capital city is among the considered options for this proposition.
On the previous Saturday, Perth’s Optus Stadium was the site for two NRL matches, which tallied a substantial crowd of 45,814. The contests were between Newcastle and the Dolphins, and South Sydney and Cronulla.
The Origin series for 2027 is still awaiting confirmation for its neutral venue. Adelaide has been selected in the past, most recently for the series commencement in 2023.