Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” tour at Suncorp Stadium has seen fans multiply and attendance figures soar in a huge week for the venue.
Suncorp Stadium hosted Brisbane’s two sell-out concerts for the English singer-songwriter this week, just days after 46,000 fans witnessed another classic NRL Queensland Derby between the Broncos and the Cowboys.
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said major events brought in a total of 152,000 fans over a huge few days for the Stadium.
“Ed delivered an absolutely sensational performances, and he had the audiences captivated from the get-go with his voice and guitar,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Tuesday night’s attendance of 53,127 is a new Stadium record, surpassing the previous record of 52,540 held by State of Origin Game 3 last year.
“And the crowd for last night’s second show also exceeded 53,000, putting Ed Sheeran up there with King Wally Lewis in terms of popularity at the venue,” he said.
“This is yet another of the blockbuster concerts that leading Australian entrepreneur Michael Gudinski and his Frontier Touring Company have brought to Suncorp Stadium.”
The enthusiastic crowd was welcomed to country by Yuggera man Shannon Ruska on behalf of his father Eddie.
“Like all places in Queensland, Suncorp Stadium sits on traditional lands, and it’s important to see musicians like Ed Sheeran setting an example by acknowledging traditional custodians,” Mr de Brenni said.
“I understand he’s begun every Australian concert of this tour with a traditional welcome.”
Mr de Brenni said being able to accommodate the highest ever concert figures for the Stadium just days after hosting the NRL’s Queensland derby is a huge achievement for the stadium staff and a real credit to the state.
“Suncorp Stadium is renowned as one of Australia’s best sporting and entertainment venues and to be able to host sell-out event after sell-out event shows we’re playing in the big leagues and attracting the biggest acts and promoting our state to the world,” Mr de Brenni said.
Suncorp Stadium General Manager Alan Graham said Wednesday’s concert was the stadium’s 23rd concert since 2006, and the fourth time an international artist has performed back to back events at the venue.
“Ed’s sell-out 2015 concert was a huge success and it’s been fantastic to welcome him and his fans back to the Stadium,” Mr Graham said.
“He’s in great company - we’ve hosted some huge artists including most recently the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Justin Beiber, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, U2, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi.”
“Ed is accustomed to playing some of the world’s most renowned venues and I’m pleased Suncorp Stadium made the list, and with these attendance figures it’s clear we’re delivering for fans and artists alike," Mr. Graham said.