After the conclusion of the third and final deciding State of Origin match on 28th November 2020 I did a live cross interview to BBC London to talk about the COVID restrictions at the game and how the event was managed. I did one call while still at the game as the siren had just sounded on another Queensland series win while I did another quick cross on the walk back to my house at 11pm
I was recently sent the audio to both add to my site here but also for my own personal record as it will be something interesting to look back on down the track especially considering when you think about where Australia was at this point in time compared to the rest of the world (this match was the biggest crowd since the pandemic began) and then subsequently what played out only a few months later in Australia due to the total incompetence and poor leadership of our pathetic Liberal Government. Well it’s true….
Link to blog post from the match: https://mrblairhughes.com/state-of-origin-iii-queensland-vs-nsw-suncorp-stadium-brisbane-18-11-2020/
A special moment in my life as I take my baby Ramona Josie along to her first ever rugby league and Brisbane Broncos match day at Suncorp Stadium. And what a fabulous first game day it was for her and I.
— Blair Hughes (@MrBlairHughes) July 18, 2021
Outstanding fan experience at the The Gabba for the Cricket Australia test match on day 1 and 5.
I took my daughter Ramona Josie along for her first ever game day on day 5 as it was free with a donation to the Movember charity. A moment I will cherish forever!
A fantastic day and a highlight of my sports calendar to head along to the test, especially on day 1 as I never miss this day.
Grateful to be able to attend and impressed by all the covid safety messaging and notices as well as the ushers and staff being helpful and well trained around these tricky new event day experiences for fans.
Well done to the stadium, staff, Stadiums Queensland, teams, Queensland Government and fans for all doing the right thing with masks and covid safety
Biggest crowd ANYWHERE in the world since the COVID pandemic lockdowns began. What an achievement for Queensland and Australia.
What an absolutely incredible night at Suncorp Stadium for the National Rugby League State of Origin game 3 match between Queensland Rugby League and NSWRL. One of the best events I’ve had the chance to go to. Proud to be a Queenslander. Well done to everyone involved from the players to the venue and the staff to the fans.
📻 Quick chat with BBC London after the game too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172x2t408fvv6q
Had a couple of good chats with security and fans who are here already at 7am. It’s sure to be a memorable event in Australian sporting history. Have fun to anyone heading along.
Well done to all the staff at the AFL and clubs this year who kept the game running for fans (especially all the staff unfortunately let go – you all did a great job, be proud!)