Thomas Broich of the Roar competes for possession with Andrew Nabbout of the Jets at Suncorp Stadium.
Thomas Broich of the Roar competes for possession with Andrew Nabbout of the Jets at Suncorp Stadium. GLENN HUNT

Suncorp hardly pitch perfect for Roar players

SUNCORP Stadium is supposed to be the premier arena in Queensland. Some have said it is the best football ground in the country.

But until the state of the pitch is sorted, punters will not be getting value for money when they go to A-League games there.

Coldplay might well be the biggest band in the world but they should not have been allowed to play at Suncorp if it was to the detriment of the Brisbane Roar. Quite clearly since Chris Martin and co played in Brisbane in December, the quality of the surface has been terrible.

Since the days of Ange Postecoglou, the Brisbane Roar has been a passing team.

How it is supposed to do this on the cabbage patch provided is beyond me.

It is not the first time this problem has arisen but things have to change otherwise the Roar will start to lose more games at home, and therefore more fans.

Suncorp Stadium's surface for the game after the Coldplay concert against the Western Sydney Wanderers on December 23 was shocking and the one provided for the Newcastle contest on Saturday was not much better.

It's no wonder the players are struggling to get their passing game going.

"Ordinary ... very ordinary,” Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said of the field following the 1-1 draw just before Christmas.

"It's so difficult to play on that. You could see it was a scrappy game.

"There were two good footballing teams that wanted to play, (but) didn't have a chance to play today. In the end we both adapted ... that was all we could do.”

The Queensland government owns Suncorp and rents the pitch out to the Roar.

I can understand that it wants to have other attractions at the venue, such as the world's top rock group, but it should not be to the detriment of those who are paying rent.

But it appears Football Federation Australia allows this to happen without taking much action.

If fans keep getting served up football on rubbish surfaces such as the one in Brisbane, they will vote with their feet.

Coldplay's sound check would have hopefully got them pitch perfect last month. Sadly the same cannot be said for Suncorp Stadium in the past few weeks.

Something has to change.


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