While we may struggle to get a rugby team up-and-going in Perth, it’s pretty clear there’s a huge appetite for it in WA whenever teams from the east coast head over.
Back in 2019 the NRL brought State Of Origin rugby league to a sold out Optus Stadium, in the process bringing more than 12,000 visitors from interstate.
And today Premier Mark McGowan confirmed State Of Origin will be returning in 2022, with game two of the three-game NSW Blues versus QLD Maroons hitting Perth Stadium in June.
In a post on Facebook today Premier McGowan said: “When the NRL brought State of Origin rugby league to Perth in 2019, it didn’t just bring Australia’s biggest sporting rivalry and a massive spectacle. It also brought almost 12,000 visitors from interstate, who stayed for an average of almost 6 days…
“It also put WA in front of almost 2 million TV viewers – bringing more visitors down the line. In 2022, Origin is returning to WA- and it’s another big win for West Aussie sport and tourism.”
Now we wait with bated breath for Premier McGowan to unleash the music industry and allow full capacity to return to venues and events in the same fashion as he has for sport.
Header image via Optus Stadium.