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Wally Lewis says Origin ticket price hike is embarrassing

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Former Origin players from the first Queensland Origin team pose for a photo with members from the current squad.

Former Origin players from the first Queensland Origin team pose for a photo with members from the current squad. Photo: Getty Images

BRISBANE Wally Lewis says the Queensland Rugby League's decision to charge through the nose for State of Origin tickets is nothing short of embarrassing.

Lewis has joined Queensland coach Mal Meninga to attack the price hike, which has left almost 8000 tickets unsold, just a week out from the series opener in Brisbane.

The former Maroons captain and rugby league great says the hike has put Origin matches beyond the reach of many fans.

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"A lot of them can't afford to go along to the game," Lewis told ABC radio on Tuesday.

"It's really quite an embarrassing moment for the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) because, if you try and put a finger on the last time a State of Origin game was unable to be sold, you're going back 25 years, minimum."

Meninga had said he hoped the QRL would learn from its mistake.

"I guess the league has to make some tough decisions and say they're sorry, admit they are wrong and make them more available to our core supporters - the blue collar workers, the mums and dads who love the game so much and want to come to Origin," he said.

"We learn our lessons and hopefully we are strong enough to say we were wrong and make it a bit more accessible to our audience for game one and three."

The cheapest, bronze category tickets valued at $80 have sold out.

Only gold ($250) and silver ($220) category tickets are still available.

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7 comments so far

  • Every other company in this country has been given an open ticket to treat people as Cannon Fodder by the Governments...so why shouldn't the Rugby League Bean Counters be any different and let the people enjoy the game, instead of being fleeced as usual for something.

    Commenter
    Mike
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 3:02PM
    • The only thing going for League and they cant sell it out. even in Queensland. The NRL probably should recognise there isn't the demand for Tickets as in other larger codes that would sell the stadium out charging double.

      Commenter
      Markyjj
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 5:02PM
      • So which codes charge $500 a ticket?

        Commenter
        Joe the expat
        Location
        The Hague
        Date and time
        May 21, 2014, 11:54PM
      • I believe Football/soccer charges 500 bucks a ticket... wait... sorry that's the fine letting off flares, I'm getting confused.

        Commenter
        TC
        Date and time
        May 22, 2014, 4:22PM
    • Markyjj, origin generally sells out in Brisbane within one hour. The tickets currently unsold are $300.00 per seat which may explain why they are not sold. I wouldn't worry though it will be a sell out. Anyway what are the "larger codes "you speak of?

      Commenter
      DP
      Location
      GC
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 8:50PM
      • Just the Football and Rugby World Cups coming up... Nothing as HUGE as State Of Origin of course DP

        Commenter
        Markyjj
        Date and time
        May 21, 2014, 4:14PM
      • Markyjj its hardly apples with apples to compare an annual national event cost to a 4 year world event cost for tickets, perhaps I should up the ante for seating at this weeks under 10's game - that sounds almost as fair.

        Commenter
        TC
        Date and time
        May 22, 2014, 4:25PM

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