Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women
The Honourable Karen Struthers
Tickets on sale for Brisbane Socceroos fixture
Queensland football fans can now get their hands on tickets to the highly anticipated game between the Socceroos and Indonesia at Suncorp Stadium.
Acting Sport Minister Karen Struthers said tickets to the March 3 game went on sale at 9am today, with prices starting at $25 for adults and $65 for families.
Ms Struthers encouraged football fans to get tickets to what will be a quality event in a venue widely regarded by fans, players and industry leaders as one of the best stadiums in the country to host Football matches.
"This will be the fourth time the Socceroos have played at Suncorp Stadium since its redevelopment," she said.
"They average a crowd of more than 43,500 at the venue and I'm certain another large crowd will be on hand to welcome the Indonesian team to Brisbane for this important clash.
"Queenslanders love their sport and the Bligh Government's leadership and investment in world class sports infrastructure continues to pay dividends for sports fans and local businesses.
"Hosting this event of course means more Queensland jobs, more investment in the Queensland economy and more excitement and entertainment for sports loving Queenslanders."
With only a handful of matches left before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the crucial AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifier against Indonesia is Brisbane's one big chance to see the Socceroos before they take on the world in South Africa.
Football Federation Australia chief executive Ben Buckley said Queenslanders had the chance to send the Socceroos off in style with a huge home crowd.
"Fans should save up their decibels and be at Suncorp Stadium to help make it the noisiest night ever for the Socceroos in their one and only Queensland send-off match," he said.
"It is an extremely important match with the Socceroos needing a result to guarantee qualification for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar."
Socceroos Head coach Pim Verbeek said a huge home crowd would lift the players as they tried to finalise qualification after an extensive AFC Asian Cup campaign.
"We will need a positive result to assure our spot in Qatar next year and to do this we will need to score goals. Having a large crowd behind us in our own country will be a significant advantage," he said.
"We have played in front of large crowds in Indonesia, Oman and Kuwait and there is no doubt that home ground conditions and vocal home crowds have an impact on the performance of the players."
Socceroo Jason Culina said the players would not only be keen to win but also press their selection claims for South Africa.
"The Asian Cup is also an extremely important tournament and a lot of the guys feel they have some unfinished business after a disappointing showing in 2007," he said.
"Competition for positions in the squad is extremely intense and this will be a great chance for all of us to impress the coach and move a step closer to selection for the World Cup."
The AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifier will be the 15th time the Socceroos have faced Indonesia.
In their most recent meeting in Jakarta on 28 January last year, the teams played out a 0-0 draw.
Australia and Kuwait sit on top of Group B with 8 points each ahead of Oman on 7 points and Indonesia on 3 points.
The top two teams qualify after the final qualifying round on March 3.
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