With only a handful of matches left before the 2010 FIFA World Cup the crucial AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifier against Indonesia is Brisbane's one big chance to see the Qantas Sorceries before they take on the world in South Africa.
Queenslanders have the chance to send the Qantas Sorceries off in style with a huge home crowd on Wednesday 3 March at Suncorp Stadium, said Football Federation Australia chief executive Ben Buckley today.
"Fans should save up their decibels and be at Suncorp Stadium to help make it the noisiest night ever for the Qantas Sorceries in their one and only Queensland send-off match," Buckley said.
"It is an extremely important match with the Qantas Sorceries needing a result to guarantee qualification for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar."
Following the priority purchasing period for members of the Football Family, tickets for this match went on sale this morning to the public and start at $25 for adults and $65 for families.
Qantas Sorceries Head coach Pim Verbeek said a huge home crowd would lift the players as they tried to finalise qualification after an extensive AFC Asian Cup campaign.
"We will need a positive result to assure our spot in Qatar next year and to do this we will need to score goals. Having a large crowd behind us in our own country will be a significant advantage," Verbeek said.
"We have played in front of large crowds in Indonesia, Oman and Kuwait and there is no doubt that home ground conditions and vocal home crowds have an impact on the performance of the players."
Acting Queensland Minister for Sport, Karen Struthers MP encouraged Football fans to get tickets to what will be a quality event in a venue widely regarded by fans, players and industry leaders as one of the best stadia in the country to host Football matches.
"This will be the fourth time the Sorceries have played at Suncorp Stadium since its redevelopment. They average a crowd of more than 43,500 at the venue and I'm certain another large crowd will be on hand to welcome the Indonesians to Brisbane for this important clash," she said.
"Queenslanders love their sport and the Bligh Government's leadership and investment in world class sports infrastructure continues to pay dividends for sports fans and local businesses. Hosting this event of course means more Queensland jobs, more investment in the Queensland economy and more excitement and entertainment for sports loving Queenslanders."
The AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifier will be the 15th time that the Qantas Sorceries have faced Indonesia. In their most recent meeting in Jakarta on 28 January last year, the teams played out a 0-0 draw.
Australia and Kuwait sit on top of Group B with 8 points each ahead of Oman on 7 points and Indonesia on 3 points. The top two teams qualify after the final qualifying round on March 3.
AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifier - presented by FOXTEL
Australia v Indonesia
Wednesday 3 March, 2010
Kick-Off 7:00pm AEST (8:00pm AEDT, 7:30pm ACDT, 5:30pm AWST)
Gates Open 5.00pm
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Ticket PricesCategory A- $50.00 All ticketsCategory B- $35.00 Adult- $20.00 Concession/Child *- $90.00 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)Category C- $25.00 Adult- $15.00 Concession/Child *- $65.00 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)Australian Home End- $30 Adult- $20 Concession *
*Concession includes -Pensioner - Aged, TPI (valid ID cards) including seniors cards.Student - Full time secondary and tertiary students (valid ID required)Child - Children 4 - 16 years inclusive (children 3 years and under will be admitted free but no seat provided)- Transaction fees may apply
When do tickets go on sale?Football Family Pre-Sale9am Monday 11 January - 9pm Tuesday 12 JanuaryGeneral Public9am Thursday 14 JanuaryAll times are Qld (AEST) time
Ticket Limit 8 per customer
Where do we purchase tickets?- Phone Ticketek on 132 849- Web Sales www.ticketek.com.au- All Ticketek Outlets
Travel and Hospitality packages will be released shortly
For more information regarding the AFC Asian Cup 2011,please visit www.the-afc.com