Coffs to capitalise on exposure Origin training camps bring
THIS time next Wednesday the New South Wales Blues will be in camp in Coffs Harbour looking to continue a State of Origin dynasty.
With Coffs Harbour's Novotel Pacific Bay to host the team for the next two seasons, Coffs Harbour has laid claim to the state rugby league side and will next week again roll out the welcome mat.
To see the city capitalise on the national media exposure of Coffs Harbour hosting Blues Harbour, Coffs City Centre is staging a competition among businesses to paint the town blue.
Even Dave Cini, a self-confessed Queensland Maroon from The Depot, has got into the spirit.
"This jersey is burning me to wear," he joked.
To mark the occasion, The Depot is serving blue lemonade, sausage rolls and pies.
Another standout display has seen The Happy Frog in Park Ave turning heads with its window display.
"To help welcome them back to Blues Harbour, we want to paint the CBD blue, with the sails in Harbour Drive lit up bright blue for the entire State of Origin Series, along with the specially printed banners that'll be displayed at the length of Harbour Drive and the highway," the city centre's Rod McKelvey said.
Blues coach Laurie Daley will name his side in Sydney next Monday and the team will fly into Coffs Harbour and attend a special welcome ceremony in the city centre on Wednesday from 4.30pm.