Townsville police have thanked State of Origin fans for their good behaviour during and after Wednesday night’s sell-out game in North Queensland.
Despite the Queensland Country Bank Stadium reaching full capacity, police arrested a total of two people during the game.
Police will allege after fulltime sounded, two 28-year-old man entered the field of play and were subsequently detained by security guards before being arrested by police.
Both men were charged with an offence under the Major Events Act (entering the field of play) and were released on bail to appear at Townsville Magistrates Court on June 29.
Northern Patrol Group Inspector Damien Crosby said public events at both Riverway and Bushland Beach remained incident-free.
“We maintained a presence at these events until about midnight and there were no public order issues needing our attention,” Inspector Crosby said.
Police also maintained a presence within the Safe Night Precinct (SNP) until 6am this morning.
The SNP was busy throughout the evening, both before and after the stadium had emptied.
Police made seven arrests and a corresponding number of banning notices issued through the evening.
“From a policing perspective it was a very successful night with a great festive atmosphere,” Inspector Crosby said.
“Crowds were very well behaved and despite the huge numbers that entered the CBD, the stadium, public events and entertainment precinct were pretty much incident free.”