After losing the opening match of the 2024 State of Origin series, the NSW Blues are out for vengeance on Wednesday evening at the MCG as they take on Queensland in the second game of the series.

While the main game will be what's on the minds of most, it's not all that will be taking place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday as the state of Victoria turns it on for what will be a near-capacity crowd for the Origin series opener.

Kick-off in the main game between the Blues and Maroons is set for 8:05 pm (AEST), but the gates open over three hours earlier at 5:15 pm (AEST).

In between, a curtain-raiser between teams will take place between the U18s CAS Schools Boys Blue versus Silver followed by pre-match entertainment.

After the curtain-raiser, a performance from Australian band Temper Trap will take over as pre-game entertainment.

The game should wrap up at around 10 pm (AEST).

Here is the full schedule for the day of Origin 2.

Full schedule for Origin 2

Time (AEST) Event
5:15 pm MCC Members' Reserve Gate 2 Opens
5:15 pm Public gates open at Melbourne Cricket Ground
5:40 pm U18s CAS Schools Boys vs Silver
7:30 pm Pre-match entertainment commences
7:43pm Match Ball delivery
7:58 pm Two-minute bell
8:00 pm Team Entry
8:02 pm Welcome to Country
8:03pm Australian National Anthem
8:05 pm 2024 State of Origin NSW Blues vs QLD Maroons First Half
8:50 pm Half Time
9:01 pm Two minute bell
9:05pm 2024 State of Origin NSW Blues vs QLD Maroons Second Half
9:50 pm Full Time