Everything you need to know for State of Origin 1 at ANZ Stadium.

Blatchy's Blues 

To collect your Blatchy's Blues supporter gear, head to Ticket Box Office G, Light Tower 8, or the VB Sheds from 5.15pm onwards. If you are collecting for group members as well, please ensure you have all tickets on hand and ready to be marked off. Make sure to allow extra time to collect your gear!

The Star is the official partner of the NSW VB Blues and Blatchy's Blues. Before the match they are giving fans the opportunity to have their photo taken as part of a giant NSW VB Blues team photo with the Blues proudly wearing Blatchys Blues wigs - to join in the fun find The Star activation located near Gate G. 

*Note: T-Shirts are available in Large and Extra Large only.

Maroons Supporters

To collect your XXXX Maroons supporter gear, head to Ticket Box Office A/B. If you are collecting for group members as well, please ensure you have all tickets on hand and ready to be marked off. Make sure to allow extra time to collect your gear!

*Note: T-Shirts are available in Large and Extra Large only.

Transport

Don't forget all pre-purchased tickets to State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium include travel to and from the venue. If you can leave the car at home and jump on any of the services below then we encourage you to do so! 

- Train services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst and Dungog  stations).

- Regular Sydney Buses services.

- Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses

- Sydney Ferries.

- Light Rail services.

Visit www.transportnsw.info to plan your trip!

If driving is the only option, make sure you pre-book your parking at www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/parking/pre-book_parking

Please note: P1 & P4 are now fully booked, but alternative car parks are still available for pre bookings.    

Entertainment 

A massive pre-Origin party is planned for Sydney Olympic Park, with the park to be lit Blue in support of NSW and festivities kicking off from 4pm. So, ask your boss for an early mark and head out early for an afternoon and night of unrivalled entertainment!

The main party will be at #TheSheds hosted by Victoria Bitter in Cathy Freeman Park. 

There'll be NSW Blues legends, live music, a 50 metre bar, ice cold VB and the chance to win your way onto the field at half time!  

Victoria Bitter invites all ticketholders to #TheSheds, which will also double as one of the collection points for those electric blue wigs and T-shirts that are part and parcel of the Blatchy's Blues match-day experience. 

This year there will also be a NRL Members zone open exclusively to NRL club members!

So start your State of Origin celebrations early at the VB Sheds, located between ANZ Stadium and the train station from 4pm! 

Other entertainment and activities in the precinct include: 

• DJs

• Live bands

• Roving entertainment

• An extension to The Brewery

• Big screen Vox pops with the crowd

Food and Drink 

Make sure you are well fuelled for a huge night of adrenalin filled sporting action and entertainment by grabbing a bite to eat with your mates at the many food outlets on offer at Sydney Olympic Park before the Game kicks off. 

You will be spoilt for choice, with over 30 international street food stalls lined up outside ANZ Stadium to tantalise all of your taste buds. Or head to one of the fantastic cafes, bars, and restaurants in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, all open from 4pm. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and enjoy the State of Origin festivities! 

Some of the venues include: Novotel, The Lounge & Abattoir Blues Cafe

For more information visit the Sydney Olympic Park events page

Footy Gear 

Show your true colours and get your 2015 official State of Origin merchandise from the ANZ stadium outlets! Jerseys, headwear, hoodies, scarves and much more are available to keep you warm during this Holden State of Origin Series! Head to the stadium outlets, located around the venue during the game and colour your team! 

There are 10 internal ANZ Stadium merchandise outlets across Levels 1, 4 and 6. 

Outside the Stadium look for the merchandise van next to Light tower 4 and 5 in front of P1 Parking station. 

Social Media 

Join the conversation with the official #Origin hastag

If you are a NSW VB Blues fan, support your team using #UpTheBlues and don't forget to follow and like:

Twitter @NSWRL

Instagram @NSWRL1908 

Facebook.com/NSWBlues

For those north of the boarder get behind the XXXX Maroons using #QLDER, follow and like: 

Twitter @QLDmaroons  

Instagram @QLDmaroons

Facebook.com/QLDMaroons

If you'd like to know what the NRL are saying and for any event updates:

Twitter @NRL

Facebook.com/NRL

Instagram @NRL

This article first appeared on NRL.com