Blood, sweat and tears: Maroons biggest loss in Townsville
There were extra seats, Australia's biggest entertainers and even a 'tent city' to hold the first ever regional State of Origin game in Townsville.
The State Government spent $8 million to bring the opener to North Queensland.
But despite the excitement and energy of 27,533 rugby league fans packed into Queensland Country Bank Stadium last night, the Maroons slumped to their biggest loss in Origin history.
New South Wales thrashed Queensland 50-6 in the series opener.
Queensland coach Paul Green says although nothing went right on the night, he is confident his team can bounce back at the second game.
"We'll have a look at the game closely and also have a look at our prep too, obviously see if there's anything glaring that we got wrong," Green says.
Maroons forward Moe Fotuaika is also facing a one match suspension for a late shot on Latrell Mitchell.
Green says he will take his time deciding what the team will look like for Origin's second game in Brisbane.
"Your attitude and preparation and being ready for it - when you feel uncomfortable, [it's about] just not looking for an easy way, looking to roll your sleeves up," he says.
Origin's round two will kick off at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on June 27.