Suncorp Stadium set to crack one million for 2010

Suncorp Stadium set to crack one million for 2010

2010 has proven to be another bumper year at Suncorp Stadium with the one millionth patron who passes through the venue during tonight’s U2 concert set to win a Suncorp Stadium season membership. 

Sports Minister, Phil Reeves, said following a bumper crowd of 44,352 last night, the current total for the year stands at 978,620.

Mr Reeves said the events year is not over yet with Bon Jovi set take to the stage on Dec 14 and A-League leaders the Brisbane Roar to take on Gold Coast United in a local derby on Boxing Day.

“Since the Queensland Government redeveloped stadium was completed in 2003 more than 7.2 million patrons have passed through the gates at Suncorp Stadium with players, fans and administrators hailing the venue as one of the world’s finest,” he said.

“This year the Broncos crowds continued to grow, with their game average exceeding 35,000 for the first time, the Queensland Reds had their best finish to a season for some years and now the Roar are sitting atop the A-League ladder and being talked about as genuine title contenders.

“The Wallabies reaffirmed the venue as their ‘home ground’ with impressive victories over the Irish and South Africans while Queensland’s all-conquering Maroons won their 5th straight Origin series.

“And this year saw the Roar draw with English Premier League heavyweights, Everton during the toffees tour Down Under.

“This prize for some lucky couple really is the golden ticket for sports fans!”

Mr Reeves said Queensland’s major sports stadia pump more than $308 million into the Queensland economy each year.

“That’s just for regular season football fixtures and doesn’t account for other major events like these concerts or Test matches like the Ashes Test at The Gabba,” he said. 

“You just need to walk around Caxton Street, Park Road or Given Terrace on game day to see how a major event at Suncorp Stadium stimulates the local economy and provides jobs for Queenslanders.”

$140 million is generated through pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, transport and other services.

The remaining $168 million is through indirect benefits and may include wholesale traders and utility providers as well as support industries which supply the venues with goods and services.

Mr Reeves said while 2010 has been a super year, the 2011 schedule is currently boasting a Bledisloe Cup encounter, two Origin matches, along with a resurgent Queensland Reds, a Brisbane Roar that is atop the A-League table, a Brisbane Broncos outfit that will want to make the finals.

“The last Bledisloe in Brisbane which attracted a near record crowd at Suncorp pumped some $17 million into the local economy and I’m sure a sold out crowd will be hand to witness this event, given it is a key game in the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup,” he said.

For more information about Suncorp Stadium’s membership offerings visit www.suncorpstadium.com.au