Pre State of Origin @The Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

Mate vs. Mate, State vs. State, Us vs. Food. This is what we experienced as part of our pre game food and beverage package at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

We attended the second game of the NRL State of Origin series featuring NSW vs. Queensland. We enjoyed the pre game hospitality offered by the Novotel at the Sippery and had the opportunity to see the NSW Blues on the way to the big game.

The Novotel hosts an event prior to the game called the Sippery. The Novotel opens up the bar in the foyer, it also has pop up bars as well as food stalls set up in the driveway. Your ticket includes a wristband for pre game food and drinks, with plenty of bars to choose from, allowing you to get your drinks quickly with out having to line up. With beer on tap, Canadian Club, Smirnoff cans and more, certainly enough to prepare you for the big game. 

The pop-up food stalls were selling a great range of pre game food options including; burgers, salt and pepper squid, Caesar wraps, cheese platters and sweet potato fries. We share one of each and there was certainly a good range to suit everyone. The food is priced between $8 and $15, much more reasonable than some of the food outlets in the ground itself and quality food too!

The Big screens in the venue were playing game footage from the past as a warm up for what was to come. Being in New South Wales the area lit up with the right colour-BLUE. This along with some passionate New South Wales Chants had us pumped and ready to cheer on the NSW Blues. Inside the foyer, a DJ busting out some quality tunes to hype us up for the game ahead.

Well and truly inspired, we headed off to the game full of food and excited to take in the gladitorial spectacle that is State of Origin. Unfortunately our Blues lost the game, but we did have a fun night and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

Keep an eye out for the Sippery and other entertainment offers from Accor and the Novotel, when visiting Olympic Park for an event. Their hospitality along with the food and beverage offers will ensure you have a great time, even if the result doesn’t go your way.

Thank you to Zomato for the invitation and to Novotel and Accor hotels for running this great event.

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