Alan Graham, General Manager of Suncorp Stadium, will be working with Brisbane Roar under their hosting contract, although the club plans to move all home games to Redcliffe.
Roar fans are split over the financially motivated move.
While the atmosphere at Dolphin Stadium, with a capacity of 11,500 people, is far better than the feeling of a small roar-sized crowd at Suncorp Stadium, which seats 52,500, the 50-minute drive from Brisbane CBD to the Redcliffe site is a big turn off .
The Suncorp Stadium has been the home of the Roar since the A-League was founded in 2005 and has hosted the club’s three major final wins in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Graham said he had ongoing talks with Roar CEO David Pourre to resolve the situation and hoped the club would honor its Suncorp stadium contract, which runs for at least another year.
“We’d love to have the roar still here,” said Graham.
“Hopefully we can work out something that works for everyone, but we won’t make our discussions with the Roar public.”
Plans for the Roar to play at Suncorp Stadium – also home to the Brisbane Broncos of rugby league and the Queensland Reds of rugby union – remain on the table. Graham communicated the availability dates for the new season from December to December to the Australian Football Association June.
Former Roar captain Matt Smith, who led the club to two of its three championships, said Suncorp Stadium would always have a special place in his heart.
“All I can talk about is the experience and history I’ve played for Brisbane, and we’ve had some great occasions at Suncorp Stadium … it’s one of the best football stadiums in the country,” said Smith.
“I haven’t been to Dolphin Stadium yet. From what I hear it’s a nice boutique stadium.
“As the only club in Queensland, I think it’s important that the Roar represent Queensland.
“I understand being inside (of Brisbane) or out of town is a delicate situation, but I think Brisbane Roar will always have a connection with Brisbane, especially as the only club in Queensland.”
If at some point a new boutique stadium is built in Brisbane, the Roar’s potential move to Redcliffe, where they played two games last season, will be temporary.
Working with Football Queensland, the Roar is pushing for government funding to build a 15,000-seat stadium in Perry Park, Albion Park or Chandlers Sleeman Sports Complex
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