The months of June and July are during that interesting time of year when people's true colours come out of the woodwork, and Queensland supporters do their best to go unnoticed for as long as possible.
Whether you're a die-hard League fan or a casual supporter, everyone must pick a side for State of Origin. Come that Wednesday evening, your plans become a collective decision with your mates, and everyone gets caught up in the hysteria.
We experienced this madness at the epic Game 2 at Sydney Olympic Park, with a first class hospitality package and exclusive VIP access to support the NSW Blues.
If you're heading out to Suncorp Stadium to catch the Game 3 action, you too can match our ultimate set-play for 2017's deciding Holden State of Origin clash. From the other camp's perspective, The Inner Sanctum Exclusive Experience is the only way to do game day, offered by both the NRL and official accommodation partner, Accor Hotels.
We were treated to a classic pre-game food and beverage experience at The Sippery, part of the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. This is where you'll want to be before all big events at Olympic Park, not just State of Origin.
If you're heading up north to Brisbane for the final clash, however, there's no more appropriate way to prepare for a big night of footy than a few beers with the boys on a buzzing rooftop bar. Regardless if you're splurging on the Exclusive Experience or not, Sixteen Antlers perched atop of the Mercure Brisbane King George Square is one of the best locales in the city to rendezvous with your crew and start the night off strong.
Claim your spot there for the afternoon, or head over to The Sebel Brisbane for a casual bistro-style dining experience you can match with an extensive selection of craft beers to diversify the palate. Both establishments are an easy 10 minutes from the stadium.
Arrive to Suncorp Stadium early, and experience an exclusive escorted walk onto the pitch for the prime Instagram photo-op, before heading to the Inner Sanctum Diamond Lounge on Level 2. Here you'll enjoy a next-level paddock-to-plate menu with an exclusive viewing platform into the Maroon's dressing room, while the premium selection of wine and beers flow all night.
As the pre-game concert comes to an end, be sure to claim the best seats in the house, with your Diamond Category match ticket on the halfway line. Here you'll have access to food and drink throughout the game, official hospitality merchandise and dedicated event managers to cater to you and your crew's needs.
Regardless of the result, the buzz from the final minutes of a nail-biting game are something you need to experience to truly believe. Post-match festivities continue well after the 80 minutes are up with a private function, where you'll experience the celebrations as part of the team. Kick on into town or cruise back to your digs for the night at the Mercure King George Square or The Sebel Brisbane.
To lock down your ultimate Game 3 experience at the 2017 Holden State of Origin decider, grab a ticket over on the NRL's website. For more information on what the Inner Sanctum Exclusive Experience entails, see here.
No game day would be complete without some premium digs for your crew's home base. Book your game day accommodation now with Accor Hotels.