Some good news for football fans with confirmation both Australian teams will be playing matches in Queensland later this year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to social media on Tuesday morning to announce the ‘international festival of football’, which will see both the Socceroos and Matildas play matches at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in September.
The action starts on September 3 when the Matildas clash with reigning Olympic champions Canada.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The Socceroos will then meet the New Zealand’s All Whites on 22 September in what will be their farewell match before heading to Qatar for the World Cup in November.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the matches were predicted to deliver $10 million for the Queensland economy.
“We’re excited to secure both the Matildas and the Socceroos for a September festival of international football in Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Not only is Suncorp Stadium the world’s best rectangular stadium, it will also be a magnet for more than 8,000 interstate football fans and up to 17,000 Queenslanders from outside of Brisbane.
“The Matildas and Socceroos are a significant winner for Brisbane’s visitor economy with a $10 million bonus for local tourism and hospitality operators.”
“Brisbane will be last opportunity anywhere in Australia to witness the Socceroos ahead their 2022 FIFA World Cup™ campaign in Qatar,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson said there had never been a more exciting time for Australian football.
“To be able to have both our senior national teams playing in the same city, at the same venue and during the same month is very special,” Mr Johnson said.
“Football fans from across Australia will converge on the Queensland capital to take up the opportunity to see Australia’s best footballers prepare for their respective FIFA World Cups.
“Queensland was well represented in the very first men’s national team and we are delighted to honour that connection through this Centenary match at Suncorp Stadium.
“We look forward to delivering two memorable matches.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said major events helped power Brisbane’s economy, encouraging people to stay longer and support local businesses.
“Football fever is taking over this September, exciting residents, driving visitation, and showcasing Brisbane nationally and globally as a world-class event city,” Cr Schrinner said.
“These blockbuster matches will attract more than 25,000 visitors from across Queensland and interstate to Brisbane who will stay in our hotels, enjoy Brisbane’s world-class dining destinations and support local businesses.
“These historic football matches come just one year out from the world’s largest women’s sporting event, with eight FIFA Women’s World Cup matches to be hosted by Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in 2023.”
Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 15.