Government to Investigate Suncorp Stadium Scheduling Issues

Joint statement from the Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade Andrew Fraser and the Sports Minister Phil Reeves

The State Government is reviewing conditions that limit the amount of major sporting vents that can be hosted at Suncorp Stadium, following the extraordinary success of Brisbane Roar and Queensland Reds that has threatened the stadium's ability to host NRL semi-finals.

Both the Roar and the Reds have won grand finals at Suncorp, the Broncos are now in the top four on the NRL ladder, and we have seen two sold-out Origins there already this year.

While all Queenslanders support these successes, the fact that the 'full house' sign is being put up at Suncorp on a regular basis is putting pressure on the restrictions put in place under Suncorp Stadium's Development Approval (DA).

The DA contains a condition that says that the Stadium can only host 24 events that attract crowds of 25,000 or more.

The condition was put in place in 2003, before the A-League began and before the Super Rugby competition was expanded, to limit the impact on local residents.

Including Friday's Broncos-Titans game, so far there have been 19 games that have been above the 25,000 threshold.

With the Queensland NRL sides hopefully finals-bound, and the Stadium playing host to the Wallabies next month, there's a strong chance that the limit of 24 games will not be enough.

It's only July, but already more than 820,000 people have visited Suncorp this year to watch first-class sport at a first-class venue.

Queenslanders love their footy, and with the best stadium in the world in their backyard, they love going to the footy.

We don't want to see NRL finals heading to Sydney.

Stadiums Queensland and the Coordinator-General are already in discussions as to how those games can be accommodated. There will be community consultation before any change to the DA.