Caxton Hotel earns Origin ID scan reprieve

Darren Cartwright

An iconic Brisbane pub has won the right to push back mandatory ID scanning until well after State of Origin III ends at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Caxton Hotel, which is within a Billy Slater chip kick of the stadium, applied to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) to push back ID scanning from 10pm until 11.30pm to avoid massive post-game queues but it was knocked-back.

The hotel challenged the decision at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on Tuesday which ruled in its favour after lawyers argued there would be safety concerns if long queues were allowed to form.

The OLGR issued a statement saying they were still awaiting the reason for the decision.

The hotel not only won the right to delay mandatory ID scanning for Wednesday's SOO clash but also the Wallabies and South Africa clash at Suncorp Stadium on September 8.

The Caxton Hotel engaged Liquor & Gaming Specialists to challenge the OLGR.

"It's an appreciation of the proper balance between the importance of ID scanning as a strategy and a recognition of how that can contribute to problems on the street," said Liquor & Gaming Specialists managing director Matthew Jones.

"Scanning slows that whole process of people entering a venue and then you have a rapidly building queue while 30,000 to 40,000 people exit the stadium and work their way up Caxton St."

Queensland supporters will be hoping to have something to celebrate with the Maroons keen to save face after NSW won the first two games to claim the series.

Kick-off is 8pm.