- Friday 13 June 2014
Sunshine Coast Council’s Stockland Park today (Friday June 13) welcomed the prize for the biggest football tournament ever held in Australia, the AFC Asian Cup Trophy.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was delighted to officially welcome the AFC Asia Cup Trophy to the Sunshine Coast.
“We are working hard to secure one of the 16 visiting teams who will compete in the Asian Cup for a pre-competition training camp prior to the tournament in 2015,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“If you are a football fan this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your photo taken with this prestigious trophy which will be on display at Stockland Park this Sunday, June 15 between 10am and 4pm.
“The trophy comes as part of a tour to create awareness of high profile football and for the community to get behind football on the Sunshine Coast.”
Economic Development (Tourism, Sports, Major events) Portfolio Holder Cr Jason O’Pray said the AFC Asia Cup was the largest and most important football tournament ever to be held in Australia.
“The TV coverage alone for this event will potentially reach more than 2.5 billion viewers internationally,” Cr O’Pray said.
“We were delighted to learn that Stockland Stadium was selected as one of four possible venues to host a pre-competition camp in Queensland. It would be a fantastic venue for international teams training prior to the main event as we offer a quality facility that reaches the high standards set by the organising committee.
“With 45,000 international visitors heading to Australia to watch the tournament we want to attract them to the Coast to share our naturally refreshing and relaxed environment.
“So make sure you head to Stockland Park on June 15 when the Sunshine Coast Fire will be taking on the Brisbane Strikers and get your photo with the AFC Asia Cup Trophy.”
AFC Asia Cup organisers are urging people from across the Sunshine Coast to see world-class football in their backyard when the Asian Cup comes to Brisbane.
Socceroos striker Tim Cahill urged fans to come out to support not only the Socceroos but all of the games.
“The Asian Cup being held in Australia is something to be proud of. Having teams from all over the Middle East and Asia and also the potential chance of hopefully lifting some silverware is exciting for football,” Cahill said.
“Tickets for adults will be only $15 and $5 for kids, so we want to see the stadiums full and hopefully share something special with our fans.”
AFC Asian Cup Background
The AFC Asian Cup is Asia’s biggest football competition and was established in 1956.
The AFC Asian Cup will be held in Australia in 2015, with Queensland playing host to seven games, including six group matches and a quarter final in Brisbane.
The 16 nations to qualify for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 are Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic, DPR Korea, Bahrain, China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
The finalists will take part in a 23-day festival of football in five cities which the Socceroos will kick off on January 9, 2015, in Melbourne, with the final set for Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31, 2015.
All of Queensland’s games are being played during the school holidays, so with attractive prices the Asian Cup is a great bargain for the whole family.
Brisbane’s schedule includes:
• One quarter-final and six group matches
• The much anticipated showdown between World Cup finalists Australia and South Korea
• Brisbane will also host another World Cup finalist in Iran, which is up against United Arab Emirates
• Another is the standout match between the past two Asian Cup champions, Japan (2011) and Iraq (2007)
• Brisbane also presents two matches involving China (against highly ranked Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan), sure to be followed by a large and colourful contingent from the local Chinese community.
To buy tickets go to www.afcasiancup.com/tickets
Fox Sports will broadcast the AFC Asian Cup throughout Australia.
For more information on AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 visit www.afcasiancup.com