THE State of Origin opener appears on track for a sell-out with only about 2000 tickets remaining for Wednesday night's game at Suncorp Stadium.

The lead-up has been shrouded in controversy over increased ticket prices, and the QRL and NRL have come under heavy fire for tickets costing $220-$250, after a smaller allocation of bronze tickets were snapped up for $80.

Even coach Mal Meninga was dismayed, saying the game's governing bodies had got it wrong with the pricing structure and needed to make changes to avoid the prospect of thousands of empty seats at kick-off time.

A white category was created ($125) that has helped boost late sales, while select tickets remained available in most parts of the ground late on Monday.

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