The Battle of Brisbane set to increase stadium capacity
Suncorp Stadium has for the first time ever secured permission to expand its capacity, giving the Battle of Brisbane the chance to become the biggest stadium event in Queensland history.
Local schoolteacher Jeff Horn will fight boxing legend Manny Pacquaio in front of a potential crowd of 60,000 after Suncorp Stadium and Duco Events secured approval from the State Government to temporarily lift stadium capacity.
More than 8000 purpose-built seats will fill the hallowed turf surrounding the boxing ring, while a further 52,000 people will fill the stands in what will also be the biggest crowd the Filipino Hall of Fame boxer has ever fought in front of.
The additional capacity gives the Battle of Brisbane the chance to surpass the previous biggest crowd at Suncorp Stadium – a sell-out for State of Origin Game Three in 2015 – and the biggest ever stadium crowd in Queensland when 58,912 people watched the 1997 Super League grand final at Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.
While a crowd of 55,000 people has been forecast for the Battle of Brisbane, the approval to expand capacity means Suncorp Stadium could accommodate 60,000 fans if all tickets are sold.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is delighted to see the landmark Battle of Brisbane event being embraced so strongly.
“The high demand for Battle of Brisbane tickets is a testament to Brisbane’s reputation as a destination for tourism and entertainment, and our capability to host large-scale live events,” Cr Quirk said.
“Suncorp Stadium is a world-class venue renowned for hosting sporting and entertainment events to the highest standard, and is ideally positioned with multiple public transport and dining options within walking distance.
“The record-breaking bout is a huge drawcard on the city’s events calendar, raising the profile of our city to international markets and injecting an economic benefit of $23 million for Brisbane’s tourism and hospitality business, including hotels, restaurants, retailers and service providers.
“I look forward to welcoming visitors to Brisbane and to showing off our vibrant New World City to the 150 countries expected to tune into the broadcast.”
The final round of tickets for the Battle of Brisbane are now on sale, with tickets available across all price categories, starting at $39. Corporate packages are still available, as is an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the legends of the sport at the Boxing Royalty Luncheon on Friday, 30 June.