Roar coach Warren Moon has made no apologies for the A-League club’s plan to further reduce ties with the city of Brisbane by playing all their home matches at Dolphin Stadium.
Having recently made the Gold Coast their training base, the Roar have informed members of their intention to no longer play home games at Suncorp Stadium but instead at the boutique Redcliffe ground – situated in the Moreton Bay region – that was the venue for two of their A-League matches last season.
That’s despite the Roar’s contract with Stadiums Queensland to play their home games at Suncorp Stadium having at least another season to run.
“The club will be looking to play its A-League fixtures at Dolphin Stadium for the coming season along with a number of W-League watches either as double headers or a stand-
alone fixture,” Roar members were told via an emailed update.
“The club makes these decisions after taking into account the current economic climate as well as ensuring the club can best serve its players, coaches, staff, sponsors, and most importantly, our dedicated members and fans across Queensland, Australia and internationally.
“Brisbane Roar will always be a team for all of Queensland no matter if you live in the north, south, east or west of our great state, or you’re among the 100s of thousands of supporters across Australia and around the world.”
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The plan to abandon the 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium, the Roar’s home ground since the A-League’s inception and the venue of the club’s three grand final wins, has been met with a mixed response from fans.
But Moon could not understand why there would be any objections from supporters.
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“I don’t see what the big deal is,” said the Roar coach, also one of the club’s foundation players.
“I’m always wary of what people say but there is always going to be feedback positive and negative.
“We’re going to a boutique stadium that has an amazing atmosphere.
“It’s nothing but a win-win for the club. It’s a great move for the club moving forward.
“This is a decision that has been made in the best interests of the club and long-term sustainability, and I don’t think anyone can begrudge us that.”
“We’re called Brisbane Roar but we’re a team for all of Queensland as well.”
As a member from North Brissy def happy with this. Plenty of fans outside Brisbane.
Recent work at Dolphin Stadium has seen the venue’s capacity rise to 11,500.
The Roar attracted crowds of 9387 and 9224 at the Redcliffe ground last season for respective matches against Melbourne City (4-3 win) and Perth Glory (1-1 draw).
The club’s best Suncorp Stadium attendance last season was 12,859 for their 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory last October.
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