Australia Cup: Suncorp Stadium ruled out as final venue

Preferred venue Suncorp Stadium will be unable to host next month’s Australia Cup final between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC due to irrigation work needing to be finished before the start of the A-League season.

Football Australia wanted the final, which will be played on the weekend of October 7-8, at Suncorp Stadium, the nation’s premier rectangular football venue.

However, the stadium’s general manager Alan Graham confirmed on Monday that the ground, which hosted A-League grand finals in 2011, 2012 and 2014, would be unavailable for the Cup decider.

“We have some major irrigation work that needs to done, and we had set aside this time for it,” Graham said.

The next game schedule at Suncorp Stadium will be in the second week of the A-League season, ironically between Cup finalists Brisbane and Sydney on October 27.

The unavailability of Suncorp Stadium for the Cup final, and the lack of a suitable alternative venue in Brisbane, means the decider is set to be played in Sydney.

FA will confirm the venue and exact date for the final on Tuesday.

The Roar and Sydney reached the final with respective semi-final wins on Sunday over Melbourne Knights and Melbourne City.

Brisbane is aiming for its first piece of silverware since its A-League triumph in 2014, while Sydney – the 2017 Cup winners – is set to contest the decider for the fourth time.

Roar mentor Ross Aloisi, who returned to the club in May as head coach following a previous stint as assistant, said there was a strong bond in his squad,

“We have really enjoyed our Cup run and we’d love to win it to bring some success back to the club” Aloisi said.

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