For the second time, this years State of Origin game three has been moved to a new venue with the NRL announcing the decision on Saturday.
Following COVID-19 outbreak concerns in NSW, the final game of the series has been shifted north from Newcastle to the Gold Coast.
The decision to move the game to the Gold Coast also means 27,000 fans will be able to attend Wednesday night's game.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the game wanted to repay Newcastle's support of rugby league, but needed to take into consideration the decision of the NSW Government.
"We are disappointed not to be able to give Newcastle the city's first State of Origin, but we must operate within all State Public Health Orders and not having a crowd in Newcastle negates the opportunity for our fans from the region,'' he said.
Abdo also feels relocating the game to the Gold Coast would not impact either camp.
"The Gold Coast has a very low infection rate and both Origin camps are currently located within driving distance of Cbus Stadium. It means neither team will be disadvantaged by travel,'' he said.
"This is an exciting outcome for the Gold Coast. It will be the first time in history that the Gold Coast has hosted State of Origin."
Brad Fittler and his NSW Blues side have already wrapped up this years crown but will be looking to make a rare clean sweep on Wednesday.
NSW has not won a series 3-0 since the early 2000s.
Kick-off is at 8:10pm.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content: