How to Enjoy a Fantastic Sporting Summer in Brisbane in 2020
Anyone who has spent time in Australia, or in the company of a typical Aussie for that matter, will know that they are crazy about their sport.
And for good reason, too. After all, this is a country that has produced Olympic gold medal winning athletes, Champions League winning footballers and some of the very best cricketers, rugby players and golfers the world has ever seen.
They even have their own sport, Aussie Rules football, which remains pretty much exclusive to the country to this day.
In this blog article, I wanted to shine a light on an area of Australia that is often overlooked by tourists: Queensland, and more specially Brisbane.
Situated on the east coast, Brisbane might be known for its busy urban centre but there is still plenty of stunning beaches and wildlife on the doorstep, as well as the chance to catch some fantastic live sport.
So, if you are a sports fan looking to head Down Under in the summer of 2020, here’s three fixtures you simply cannot afford to miss.
Australia vs Ireland (July 4)
Okay, so I’m being slightly biased here!
My beloved Ireland are heading to Australia for two July Tests, and there is nothing quite like watching a rugby union match surrounded by 55,000 people.
That is the capacity of the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, which will host the first match between the teams, before the second is held at the majestic Sydney Cricket Ground.
If you are a rugby union fanatic then the summer of 2020 is a stellar time in Australia, as the Bledisloe Cup will also be contested against New Zealand in August, with the first encounter taking place at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Even if you can’t get tickets to the game, there are plenty of other ways to get involved with all of the action shown on the big screen in the city’s many pubs and bars. And because betting is legal in Australia, you can also have your say on how you think the match will unfold with the latest rugby union betting odds.
State of Origin (July 8)
One of the most fiercely contested rivalries in Australian sport, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve attended the State of Origin game between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues.
This rugby league encounter features the best players from the two states, who will battle it out for the bragging rights in a three-match series that will be watched by more than 150,000 in total.
The 2020 State of Origin game will be played at the city’s Suncorp Stadium on July 8, and the home team will be desperate to get back to winning ways after New South Wales took the spoils in 2018 and ’19.
Brisbane Lions vs Geelong Football Club (July 11)
If you are looking for an authentic experience while in the country, I can heartily recommend taking in an explosive Aussie Rules football match.
This is like an even more physical version of rugby, and Brisbane’s leading team – the Lions – are one of the best in the business.
On July 11 they take on Geelong in an AFL match at The Gabba, another incredible sporting venue in Brisbane.
The atmosphere will be unlike anything you have experienced before!
With the Olympic Games taking place and the cricket team touring against their old enemy England, 2020 promises to be another sublime summer for Australian sports fans.