Legislation Passed to Solve Suncorp Stadium Scheduling Issues

Suncorp Stadium's scheduling issues for 2011 have been resolved with State Parliament passing legislation to protect the venue's ability to continue hosting major events.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Bill has amended Suncorp's Development Approval (DA) for 2011 thereby increasing the crowd threshold.

"Previously, the DA allowed for 24 games that attracted crowds of more than 25,000 people," Mr Reeves said.

"The legislation will lift that limit to a crowd cap of 35,000 for those 24 events, which will enable scheduled major events to occur.

"On top of this, the number of concerts that could be played at the Stadium in a calendar year has increased from three to four.

"We've taken into account the concerns of the local community and feel this is the best solution to the problem.

"We believe changing the crowd cap strikes the right balance between the needs of the community and the significance of Suncorp for the Queensland economy.

"These changes are necessary following the extraordinary success of the Brisbane Roar, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Broncos.

"Queensland is in the grips of sporting fever and fans are voting with their feet by making their way to Suncorp Stadium to cheer on their team.

"We don't want to miss out on important sporting matches and events, thereby depriving fans, the tourism industry and also the economy.

"Queensland's sporting prowess has further cemented our reputation as the Champions State and Events State, and we must ensure Suncorp isn't encumbered by red tape and inflexible arrangements thereby denying fans the opportunity to watch a Broncos home semi-final, or let's hope, another A-League and Super 15 Rugby Grand Final.

"The exceptional performance of our sporting teams has been second to none in 2011, and hopefully, their success will continue in 2012."