Push to keep Suncorp Stadium concert cap increase in place permanently

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Plans are underway to permanently lift the concert cap of Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium allowing ‘The Cauldron’ to host major global events such as women’s soccer World Cup, according to a report by The Courier Mail.

The audience cap for concerts held at the stadium was temporarily increased from six to 12 concerts annually in 2022 as part of a state wide post-pandemic recovery effort.

The two-year agreement is set to expire this year, with the Queensland government looking to have the increased cap remain permanently. The proposal also includes lifting the definition of a major sporting event crowd from greater than 35,000 spectators to more than 45,000.

The move follows a series of global music stars such as Pink and Taylor Swift holding back to back concerts at stadiums across the country.

The NSW Government recently lifted the concert cap at Allianz Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground.

Deputy Premier Cameron Dick said “big events bring big economic benefits”.

“Suncorp Stadium is one of the premier rectangular sports stadiums in the world and the spiritual home of rugby league in Queensland,” he said.

“It’s also one of the preferred concert venues in Australia for acts including Sir Paul McCartney, U2, Ed Sheeran, and just last night, Pink.”

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan and Tourism Minister Michael Healy also backed the move, saying it will be put to Queenslanders to decide.

“This is not just about Brisbane, we’re also asking whether the finish time for events at the Gold Coast’s Heritage Bank Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium should be extended from 10pm until 10.30p,” Healy said.

The public consultation closes on March 8.