A half-capacity crowd is expected to stream into Adelaide Oval for tonight’s State of Origin rugby league clash, the first in this year’s delayed series.

The crowd is capped at 26,750, which is around half of Adelaide Oval’s full capacity.

South Australia’s Tourism Commission says that many of the tickets sold have gone to interstate fans.

“Thousands of tickets have been snapped up by interstate visitors, with the event expected to substantially boost the visitor economy,” an SATC spokesperson told The Advertiser.

However, the total number of those making the trip over the border is thought to be well under the initially-predicted 10,000 interstate visitors.

While South Australia’s borders with New South Wales and Queensland are effectively open, residents in six Sydney local government areas are not permitted to attend the game.

Players and staff from both teams underwent COVID-19 testing on Monday and will return home following the game.


While the SA Government has refused to reveal exactly how much money was spent to lure the game to Adelaide, it is thought to be around $5 million.