Good Friday Clash To Go Ahead At Suncorp Stadium

The Bligh Government has passed legislation to ensure footy fans can enjoy a beer during the Good Friday clash between the Queensland Reds and the ACT Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on 6 April.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said that it had been necessary to amend the Liquor Act 1992 to permit the sale of alcohol at the stadium otherwise fans would have been in for a 'dry' game.

"It's an Aussie tradition to be allowed the choice of having a beer during the footy and we have made sure this will be the case on Good Friday." Mr Reeves said.

"Until today Queensland had been one of the only states to prohibit the sale of alcohol at major sporting events on Good Friday.

"We've now put Queensland on a level playing field with other states.

"Without this change, it's possible the planned Super 15's Rugby match at Suncorp could have been re-located interstate, disappointing fans and possibly affecting Queensland's reputation for conducting major events."

"This coming Easter weekend is billed as a blockbuster sporting weekend with the Brisbane Lions vs Carlton at the Gabba on Thursday, the Reds vs Brumbies at Suncorp on Friday, both the Titans and Cowboys holding home games and a possible Roar semi final at Suncorp all on the one weekend," Mr Reeves said.

Mr Reeves said that the change would take effect for all major sporting events at Stadiums Queensland venues into the future.