Football fans from around Australia will converge on the Queensland capital this September to see Australia’s national football teams in action.
Queensland’s international festival of football starts on 3 September with the Matildas v Canada. Canada is a Tokyo Olympic Games champion and currently ranked number six in the world.
The Socceroos are confirmed for a Suncorp Stadium clash with New Zealand’s All Whites on 22 September.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Matildas and Socceroos were predicted to deliver $10 million for Queensland’s visitor economy.
“We’re excited to secure both the Matildas and the Socceroos for a September festival of international football in Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This will be a terrific opportunity to see both teams live and at the top of their game ahead of FIFA World Cup™ appearances.
“The Matildas and Canada play just hours before Riverfire lights up the night sky, making it the perfect weekend away in Brisbane for regional Queensland and interstate football fans.
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.
“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 at 1:00pm AEST on Friday, 15 July with adult tickets starting from $31.
Two-match packages are also available at: www.ticketek.com.au