Suncorp Stadium General Manager, Paul Sergeant today thanked patrons at last night's Andre Rieu concert for their patience and understanding during the storms that hit the Brisbane area.
A decision was made to evacuate patrons from the field seating area and sections of the seating bowl to the Stadium's Concourse until the storm had passed. The concert commenced about one hour after the scheduled starting time.
Mr Sergeant congratulated patrons for responding quickly to directions to move undercover and for being understanding of the circumstances.
"Patron safety is of paramount importance in these situations.
"We closely monitored the storm developments and took the decision to evacuate based of the predicted severity of the storms. We advised patrons as new information came to hand. In addition, bottles of cold water and towels were distributed to patrons free of charge while on the Concourse areas.
Mr Sergeant also said that many people heeded the Stadium's advice to bring rain-protection gear because umbrellas were not allowed to be used in the seating areas.
"We ask that patrons attending tonight's concerts bring rain-protection gear should we experience wet weather again.
"And as a large number of patrons attending the concerts are elderly and haven't attended an event at the Stadium before, we encourage them to arrive early and allow plenty of time to become familiar with the venue and its facilities."
Gates open at 5pm with the concerts commencing at 7pm.
Mr Sergeant said plenty of event day staff will be employed tonight to assist patrons find their way around the Stadium, show them to their seats and explain where the many food and beverage units, toilets and cloaking facilities are located. Refreshments and some seating will also be available outside the venue for patrons arriving before the gates open.
He reminded patrons that Suncorp Stadium is predominately a public transport venue exceptionally well serviced by QR Citytrain and Brisbane Transport buses. Patrons can travel free on public transport to the concerts by simply showing their event ticket.
"While general parking is not permitted in the area around the Stadium on event days, a number of patrons have requested PWD (People with Disabilities) spaces. These spaces are limited and only available upon application to blue permit holders.
"For everyone else, they should plan their trip, ie what time they leave home and arrive home, and factor in the time it will take to locate their seats at the Stadium.
"We don't want people taking the risk of arriving at the last minute and possibly missing the start of the concert," Mr Sergeant said.
For further information, contact Greg Adermann, Suncorp Stadium Communications Manager, on 3331 5162.