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Women's World Cup bid strengthens Brisbane's push for new stadium

Women's World Cup bid strengthens Brisbane's push for new stadium
From ESPN - February 6, 2018

Australia's bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup could include a long-awaited solution to Brisbane's rectangular stadium shortage.

A $4 million funding boost from the federal government confirmed on Tuesday means Football Federation Australia is now full steam ahead in their pursuit of the hosting rights for the women's football showpiece.

Brisbane Roar managing director David Pourre believes the opportunity is ripe to ensure the bid leaves behind a legacy in the form of a boutique stadium for men's and women's football if successful -- an idea with tentative FFA support.

A-League chief Greg O'Rourke said this week it clear some teams were playing in stadia that were "too big" for them, with the Roar -- who have an average attendance of 8,993 this season in the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium -- a perfect example.

The problem is there are no alternatives in Brisbane.

Ballymore Stadium is old and decaying and would need significant investment to bring the 18,000-seat arena up to standard for A-League and W-League matches, while a rebuild of Perry Park has been discussed in previous years.

Suncorp would almost certainly be included in any Women's World Cup bid but would likely be oversized for most games.

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