Origin fever has hit Brisbane buses, with Brisbane City Council bus depots battling each other for the best State of Origin-decorated bus ahead of Game Three tonight.
This year’s competition will feature two uniquely-decorated Maroon and Blue CityGliders from the Carina and Toowong bus depots, which will be judged by Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner outside City Hall today.
Cr Schrinner said the State of Origin clash was not only a key date for Brisbane’s footy fans, but also for bus drivers, who each year tackle the challenge of decorating their buses to share their origin pride with commuters all over the city.
“This year, Brisbane’s Maroon and Blue CityGliders are taking the State of Origin battle into the streets, with bus drivers sharing their footy flare with commuters,” he said.
“Carina’s Maroon CityGlider will be kitted out with its very own football field, maroon balloons and streamers, as well as a special lighting display and a TV screening Origin’s greatest hits.
“Commuters on Toowong’s eye-catching Blue CityGlider will have the chance to travel with some of New South Wales’ Origin Greats, as well as handmade decorations designed to celebrate the Blues’ new era of success.
“Even though we have to let the Blues win sometimes, my bets are on the Maroon CityGlider to once again take out the coveted title of the best decorated State of Origin bus.
“Brisbane is already awash in a sea of maroon as Queensland gears up for Origin Three and I congratulate both depots for tackling the competition with such enthusiasm.”
Cr Schrinner said hopping on board the Maroon CityGlider was one of the quickest and easiest ways to get to Suncorp Stadium for the third and final Origin game of the series.
“The Maroon CityGlider travels between Ashgrove and Stones Corner with close to 25,000 passengers hopping on board every week,” he said.
“Residents going to tonight’s game will be able to take advantage of free travel on the Maroon CityGlider service, as well as on any regular Council bus service, for four hours before and after the match with a pre-purchased game ticket or stadium membership card.
“As always, I am thrilled to see such a vivid show of support for the Maroons and I encourage residents and visitors all over Brisbane to keep an eye out for the two State of Origin buses.”