Links: Suncorp concert restrictions, Gorry FIFA 16 cover vote.Posted: June 17, 2015
There isn’t a lot of news going around at the moment with new Brisbane boss John Aloisi getting acclimatised to life here in Brisbane, while the players are on their end of season break. Despite that there have been a few minor stories which aren’t worth posting about on their own.
First up is this above tweet from 9 News on Monday which states that a deal is about to be confirmed which will allow Brisbane’s home ground, Suncorp Stadium, to host more concerts. A petition was launched in April after the venue missed out on hosting ACDC in their upcoming tour, with the band forced out to QSAC as the stadium had previously filled their annual quota.That could be a problem for the past now however as it sounds like the government will be lifting those restrictions which could see more concerts, and more disruptions to Brisbane in seasons to come.
In the past 12 months the venue has began to show it’s hand about it’s desire to host the round ball game at the venue after dishing up a sub par surface for the AFC Asian Cup, before the debacle surrounding the 2015 Champions League campaign which saw the Roar forced to take games to the Gold Coast.
With three concerts over the November/December season Brisbane have already been forced to move one home game away from the venue for the upcoming season, while the quality of the playing surface for others could be less than desirable. Time to consider the options surrounding a second rectangular stadium.
The big off-season intrigue surrounding Brisbane is who will be playing upfront next season. One potential striker solution seems to be off the board, with Tomi Juric reportedly considering an offer from Standard Liege. Juric’ name was circulating as a potential option upfront for new Brisbane manager John Aloisi.
In news that could affect the coverage of the league, Foxtel have purchased a 15% stake in Network 10, a transaction which could lead to the network expanding their sports coverage. That could potentially include a bid to acquire SBS’ free to air rights for the A-League as this link speculates.
Finally, with the inclusion of women’s football in the popular video game FIFA 16, there’s a cover vote to see which Matildas star will be on the cover, a vote which includes Brisbane midfielder Katrina Gorry.
Gorry is up against Steph Catley from Melbourne Victory and Kyah Simon from Sydney FC. Voting closes on Friday. Here’s the link if you wish to vote for Gorry.