Ahead of a blockbuster Ampol State of Origin Game 3 on Wednesday night, Accor Stadium today hosted the launch of the Always Respect, always DrinkWise awareness campaign.
A joint initiative between the NSW Government, NSW Police Force, the National Rugby League, DrinkWise, 1800RESPECT and 13YARN, the campaign aims to remind the community about the importance of moderating alcohol consumption and always being respectful towards others.
With the NSW Blues desperate for their first win of the State of Origin series, a crowd of 80,000 is expected in the Stadium and NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden encouraged all Blues fans and visitors from Queensland to be mindful of others when supporting their teams.
“Wherever you’re watching the State of Origin game, be responsible, look out for one another and if you’re seeing or experiencing anything that puts you or anyone else at risk, please contact the police or relevant support service.
“If you’re planning to have a drink, then please don’t think about driving at all – catch public transport or designate a driver so that you can get home safely,” Mr McFadden said.
A key message for fans is that all tickets to State of Origin Game 3 include travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park on public transport, including Sydney Trains, Major Event Buses and Light Rail services.
Fans are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the fact transport is included in their tickets and to leave the car at home.
With a full house expected, fans are strongly advised to leave additional travel time and ARRIVE EARLY in the Stadium precinct.
NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism, Yasmin Catley, said: “The Always Respect, always DrinkWise message helps reminds all fans and everyone about being respectful to those they live with and the wider community at all times.”
Ms Catley added that “Origin is always a time for NSW fans to show their unwavering support for the Blues”.
“But let’s make sure that those around us also enjoy the experience, which means if you are having a drink while watching the game make sure it’s in moderation,” Ms Catley said.
DrinkWise CEO Simon Strahan said it’s very important for fans to have the chance to enjoy themselves and celebrate, and to be mindful of their consumption.
NRL Executive General Manager of Partnerships Jaymes Boland-Rudder urged fans to drink responsibly so they may enjoy the great moments Origin has to offer.