21 May 2014

Origin ticket sales boost

9:35 am on 21 May 2014

Red faces look set to be averted after a new, cheaper ticket category boosted sales and confidence that next week's historic opening State of Origin league match will sell out.

Wally Lewis had joined fellow Queensland legend Mal Meninga in slamming Origin ticket prices for Suncorp Stadium which dramatically rose in 2014, some categories almost doubling in price.

It raised the "embarrassing" prospect of empty seats at the 100th Origin game that will also honour the late Queensland great Arthur Beetson.

Queensland League's managing director Robert Moore is now confident of a full house next week, since 1400 of the remaining 7500 general seating tickets were sold on Tuesday after the introduction of the cheaper category.