Gold Coast loses major event to Brisbane due to ‘the threat of smoke’

The Gold Coast has had a big boxing match pulled out from under us, and moved up the M1 to Brisbane instead.

Anthony Mundine and John Wayne Parr were set to go head to head this Saturday at Cbus Stadium in Robina.

Though the event promoter took to Instagram yesterday to announce the match will now be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre.


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DDP Sports Management says ‘the threat of further smoke pollution down the Gold Coast’ was the deciding factor.

“A decision was made considering the health and well being for both fighters and spectators,” the post reads.

“All tickets remain valid and can be used at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

“Most importantly, WE HAVE A FIGHT,” the post finishes.

John Wayne Parr also shared the news to his social media, saying he’s devastated with the move away from his hometown.

“Personally I’m guttered. I wanted to fight at Cbus sooo bad for that one last walkout.

“I’ll have to try and make the night special in another way to make it rememberable,” his post reads.

While Anthony Mundine’s taken a swipe at the state government for not doing more to keep the match on the Gold Coast.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

‼️NEW VENUE‼️SAME DATE / SAME TIME! We are moving the event to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank. With the threat of further smoke pollution down the Gold Coast, a decision was made considering the health and well being for both fighters and spectators! All tickets remain valid and can he used at the Brisbane Convention Centre.. For further information please contact #Ticketek! We want to thank Kristian Blundell and the wonderful Management team at @cbussuper.stadium for their support in venue change and the @ticketekaustralia team for making the transition seamless as possible and @bcec_brisbane for welcoming the event and hosting it this weekend! Most importantly, WE HAVE A FIGHT

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Whatever the weather, that’s a good decision and the event will be improved by moving to the BCEC.

Robina Stadium is another example of a Brisbane based government throwing money around with no idea how to execute an idea properly.

It is a poorly designed stadium, inefficient capex and opex and is not inviting for Gold Coast locals or any users of the venue.