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Back on July 4, I was among 52 000 lucky people who attended the third match of the 2012 State of Origin Series at Lang Park (Suncorp Stadium) in Brisbane.

Here are some scenes from game day.

Sadly it wasn't my night with Queensland winning 21-20 and landing their seventh origin series in a row.

I was lucky to make it out of the ground and back to Sydney alive.

One thing I learnt for sure was how Queenslanders are passionate about their state and their football team. Us New South Welshmen need to hang our heads in shame. If they can do it, we can too.

The atmosphere is something that you can experience there. It was like a tinderbox and the screaming of "Queenslander" was deafening. Still the vibe is electric irrespective of the team you barrack for.


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Caxton Street was all calm yet the crowds were already descending on the area.


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The Caxton


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GO THE MIGHTY BLUES!!!


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And downtown


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Game time


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They never fight like they used to


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It sells out very fast, every year. I think they could have made the stadium 80,000+ and still sell out every time. But the Broncos and Reds get a lot less than that, usually 35-45,000 which still fills the stands nicely. Even when the Roar gets 15-20,000 and only uses the bottom tier it still feels like a good crowd, close to the action.

I think I've sat in just about every seat section for a view and I haven't been disapointed yet. Wherever you are you really get a good view of the game. And of course it is very close to town and lots of bars in areas like Caxton St so going to the game has a great vibe.

I'm glad to see that in Australia that in 99.999% of cases people supporting different teams can mix together with no bother. I'm from Scotland originally, and photos like that of opposite fans happily mixing together would be non existant at any time. In fact their's always many assaults, stabbings and the occasional murder before and after every game between Celtic and Rangers. Maybe it's a soccer thing, because I've also been to a Rugby match in Edinburgh between Scotland and Wales and the entire weekend was fans getting on fantastically.

PS - you got your Caxton St photos very early, a few hours later and it would have been mayhem around there.


I was there too, sitting over here,

 

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Talking about crowd shots, Jeep sponsored the biggest resolution photos ever taken at Suncorp Stadium.

Have a look for yourself and see how much detail is featured, enough to make any person sitting in the stands visible.

The shot was taken about half an hour before kick off. I think the resolution is 1000 megapixels.

http://www.qrl.com.au/jeepfancam

Nice. How did you manage to get tickets, I thought it sold out even before game 2.
The funny thing about ticket sales this year was that Game III did not sell out straight away. It actually took a few weeks for all tickets to sell out. I bought mine the day after they officially went on sale.
 

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Here is the Ten News Report from the day itself (July 4) where the man behind the maroons car speaks about it. I was there when they filmed. Obviously I didn't want to be near a camera.

The fanatics snapped at The Caxton got their way into the report too.

Yes I did see the police car, in Edward Street.

 
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