Gold Coast to host Roar's ACL games

Brisbane Roar will take international football to the Gold Coast with the club’s forthcoming AFC Champions League (ACL) games to be held in the tourism capital.

Roar entered a partnership with the City of Gold Coast to host their three ACL group stage home matches after their home ground, Suncorp Stadium, was unavailable for matchday one because of a concert booking.

AFC rules stipulate that all three home group matches must be played at the same venue.

The games will be played at Cbus Super Stadium at Robina - rebranded Gold Coast Stadium for the tournament

The Roar’s opponents include Japanese powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds (Tuesday, 5 May) and South Korean giants Suwon Bluewings (Tuesday, 17 March).

The opening game on Wednesday, 25 February will be decided by qualifying games over the coming week and will include a club from China, Thailand or Malaysia.

Brisbane Roar FC managing director Sean Dobson said the partnership enabled the club to include free public transport in the reduced ticket prices for fans.

He said the move was the first step of a much broader commitment to work with local football communities and expand the club’s fan base across south-east Queensland.

 “We know football fans on the Gold Coast are passionate about the game and these three matches provide them with the opportunity to be involved in the code again – this time at an international level,” Dobson said.

Proposals under consideration by the Roar include staging pre-season games, training camps and skills clinics across the Gold Coast and northern NSW.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he was thrilled with the announcement today.

“This presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast to the world and further its reputation as a world-class sporting events destination, with an expected television audience of 25 million,” he said. 

“We look forward to welcoming the Roar and the visiting teams to our city along with their fans, and I know this quality football will inspire our young local players to greater heights.”   

Brisbane Roar will take international football to the Gold Coast with the club’s forthcoming AFC Champions League (ACL) games to be held in the tourism capital.

Roar entered a partnership with the City of Gold Coast to host their three ACL group stage home matches after Suncorp was unable for matchday one on February 25 because of a concert booking.

Asian Football Confederation rules stipulate that all three home group matches must be played at the same venue.

The games will be played at Cbus Super Stadium at Robina - rebranded Gold Coast Stadium for the tournament

The Roar’s opponents include Japanese powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds (Tuesday, 5 May) and South Korean giants Suwon Bluewings (Tuesday, 17 March).

The opening game on Wednesday, 25 February will be decided by qualifying games over the coming week and will include a club from China, Thailand or Malaysia.

Brisbane Roar FC managing director Sean Dobson said the partnership enabled the club to include free public transport in the reduced ticket prices for fans.

He said the move was the first step of a much broader commitment to work with local football communities and expand the club’s fan base across south-east Queensland.

 “We know football fans on the Gold Coast are passionate about the game and these three matches provide them with the opportunity to be involved in the code again – this time at an international level,” Dobson said.

Proposals under consideration by the Roar include staging pre-season games, training camps and skills clinics across the Gold Coast and northern NSW.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he was thrilled with the announcement today.

“This presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast to the world and further its reputation as a world-class sporting events destination, with an expected television audience of 25 million,” he said. 

“We look forward to welcoming the Roar and the visiting teams to our city along with their fans, and I know this quality football will inspire our young local players to greater heights.”