Almost 110,000 sport and music fans are expected to converge on Suncorp Stadium over the next few days, for one of the stadium’s biggest long weekends of the year.
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said stadium staff were gearing up to host an NRL match, a Super Rugby match and Justin Bieber from Friday to Monday.
“Suncorp Stadium is renowned as one of the state’s best sporting and entertainment venues, and it will certainly live up to its name this weekend, when more than 100 thousand fans fill the stands,” Minister de Brenni said.
“A massive crowd is expected tonight when the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys kick things off for the good old traditional Queensland derby,” he said
“Saturday night will see the Queensland Reds take on one of the most successful teams in Super Rugby history, in the Canterbury Crusaders.
“Then Queensland fans will be singing and dancing in their seats when Justin Bieber brings his “Purpose” world tour to Brisbane, with local Brisbane band Sheppard supporting” he said.
“Justin Bieber is the latest in a long line of fantastic shows to feature at Suncorp Stadium, including Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, U2, Bon Jovi and One Direction and I’m sure he will bring the house down.”
Suncorp Stadium manager Alan Graham said stadium staff would be working hard to keep the stadium running through three separate events.
“It will be a fast and furious weekend for staff with less than 24 hours between the league and the super rugby matches in which to clean, restock and prepare,” Mr Graham said.
“In order to run the full tour, bump-in for the Justin Bieber concert which need to begin immediately after the Reds game,” he said.
“Most concerts have a four day bump-in period, but this will be the shortest we’ve ever had, with just 40 hours to get the stage, lighting and sound gear in so that that will be another huge challenge.
“We can assure locals that a specialist acoustic consultant has been engaged to assist in the management of noise control measures for the concert and rehearsals and monitoring outside the Stadium will also take place to ensure levels remain compliant with EPA guidelines,” he said.
“We’ve successfully held 18 concerts for 703,946 patrons since 2006, as well as countless rugby league, super rugby and A-League matches, so we’re confident of another stellar weekend for our guests.”
Patrons are encouraged to:
- Arrive early for pre-event entertainment- there are curtain raiser games for both matches and two support acts for the concert.
- Public transport is free with your ticket- visit www.translink.com.au (external site) ( http://www.translink.com.au/ ) for details.
- Purchase through authorised ticket outlets- Ticketek is the only authorised seller of general public tickets at this venue. Entry may be refused if you purchase through unauthorised sellers such as Viagogo, Ticketmaster Resale, Tickets, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia, Ticket Merchant, Ticket Blaster, TicketBis and Queenoftickets.