Qld Roar to stay at Suncorp

May 30, 2007
By Jim Morton

The Queensland Roar will stay at Suncorp Stadium despite high rent costs forcing the A-League club to consider a move to Brisbane rugby union headquarters Ballymore.

The Roar recommitted to the 52,500-seat stadium after late last year investigating the possibility of moving to Ballymore, which can hold 23,000.

Roar chairman John Ribot rated Suncorp Stadium the best football arena in the country and best served his club's long-term needs.

"It is an outstanding venue in every sense and can cater for our continued growth over the coming years," Ribot said.

"The facilities for our corporate clients, our supporters and the ease of access to the stadium for everyone are major pluses for us."

The Roar's move follows on from Queensland Rugby Union's decision to also stay at Suncorp Stadium, partly due to Ballymore's poor corporate facilities.

Both co-tenants at the old Lang Park, which also houses NRL premiers the Brisbane Broncos, have been financially hurt when crowd attendances dip below budgeted numbers.

But the Roar were encouraged by last season's last-round A-League match against Sydney FC when more than 30,000 filed through the turnstiles in a club record.

Meantime, Ribot also announced plans for the Roar and former local National Soccer League club Brisbane Strikers to enter into a joint relationship have been scuttled.

The Roar had been interested in a part-partnership which would have seen them use the Strikers' headquarters at Perry Park as an independent and central base for their operations.

There had been reports that Strikers founder and former Brisbane Lord Mayor Clem Jones would join the Roar board but it's understood no such deal is on the cards.