Meet Brisbane Roar’s biggest fans, plus everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s Grand Final.
It’s the clash we’ve all been waiting for – this Sunday 4 May Brisbane Roar will face Western Sydney Wanderers in a battle not to be missed.
The game will be held at Suncorp Stadium with kick-off taking place at 4pm and gates opening at 2pm. Tickets for the grand final match are selling out quickly, with fans jumping at the chance to watch their heroes fight for their chance at glory. The Brisbane Roar is chasing Australian football history by becoming the first team to win three A-League Grand Finals. Organisers say they are expecting the stadium to be a “sea of orange” with Roar fans throwing their support behind the team. However, they are also expecting a large contingent of Western Sydney Wanderers supporters to make the trip north, ensuring an electric atmosphere on the day.
We rounded up some of Brisbane Roar’s biggest fans and asked them what they love about the team.
John is one supporter who has definitely earnt the tile of ‘super fan’. He has been an avid supporter of Brisbane Roar since they joined the A-League nine years ago and since then has not missed a game, even going so far as to travel to all the away games to support his favorite team – even the games held overseas.
“As fans of the team, we’re part of the atmosphere. That’s why it’s important that we’re there,” he says. “I own all the Roar jerseys so I’ve probably got around 15. I’ve gotten to know the team over the years and I’m often bumping into them at airports on the way to games. On one international flight I was sitting in front of (Brisbane Roar player) Besart Berisha, which was pretty cool. I didn’t recline my seat back so he’d be comfortable. I’ve always loved soccer but I’m not very good at it, I definitely know which side of the fence I belong on!”
16-year-old Madi is an avid soccer player who has been playing since she was eight years old and is sports captain at her high school. Unfortunately this year Madi underwent an ACL reconstruction and has been out of action. Watching Brisbane Roar games and supporting the team is what has been keeping Madi going and although she wasn’t able to get tickets to the weekend Grand Final, she will be cheering on the team from home with her father, both wearing Roar jerseys to support the team.
Is this Brisbane’s youngest Roar fan? Two-year-old Harry Thomson loves nothing more than kicking his Roar soccer ball around the backyard. He cheers on his favorite team from home and is always on the lookout for his Dad Ben on the TV, who is also an avid fan and loves to attend the games clad in his Roar jersey. Ben has always been a soccer fan and growing up his favorite player was Harry Kewell, which is how the family suspect little Harry got his name!
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Brisbane Roar Grand final, how to get there
TRAVEL FREE TO THE MATCH
Present your game day ticket to receive free travel to and from the stadium on Brisbane Transport bus and Queensland Rail services. This free travel offer applies from mid-day to the last scheduled service on game day.
TRANSLINK BUS SERVICES (Brisbane Transport only)
Patrons can catch regular timetabled services. In addition, special bus services from the City, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains / Mt Gravatt (Garden City), Chermside and The Gap run direct to the stadium at regular intervals for two hours before kick-off. At the end of the game for a one-hour period high frequency bus services will operate.
QUEENSLAND RAIL SERVICES
Milton and Roma Street are the closest stations for patrons travelling to and from the stadium. Regular timetabled services and any additional services run to and from both stations.
On game days, parking restrictions apply in the local area surrounding the stadium. Fifteen minute parking limits apply in most restricted areas unless otherwise signed. On the spot fines will be issued to offending motorists. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Some road closures will apply from the end of the game for one hour.