Brisbane to play ACL games at RobinaPosted: February 9, 2015
After a week of rumours and speculation, it was today confirmed that Brisbane Roar’s home games in the 2015 AFC Champions League would be played away from the clubs traditional home of Suncorp Stadium.
Due to a scheduled concert on February 24, just 24 hours before Brisbane are scheduled to play their opening game in the ACL, there is a double booking of Suncorp Stadium which is where the problem lies. Despite there being no direct clashes with Brisbane’s other two home games in the group stage – 17/03 against Suwon and 05/04 against Urawa-today’s reports confirm that these games will also be played down on the Coast. There is no conformation either way that any potential round of 16 or beyond home games would be played down the coast.
This isn’t the first time Brisbane have taken home games to the Gold Coast, with the Roar taking two games to the venue back in January 2011 when Queensland was engulfed in flood waters. All up Brisbane have a mixed record at the venue, with four wins, 1 draw and two defeats from 7 games. In games which Brisbane were considered the home side, Brisbane have won two games from two, with four goals scored and one conceded.
Obviously this is a less than desirable outcome and makes it far more difficult for everyone to attend the games, given the travel distances on a weeknight. Perhaps Brisbane need to think about an alternative to the Milton venue long term.