Brisbane Roar Football Club regrets to confirm that the inaugural EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup scheduled for July has been postponed.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic both in Australia and England, including the protective measures implemented in respect of mass gatherings, and disruptions to domestic leagues in both countries, the event will not proceed as scheduled in July 2020.
The inaugural edition of the event was set to pit Brisbane Roar F.C. against current English Premier League outfits West Ham United F.C. and Crystal Palace F.C. in Queensland with fixtures in Townsville, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre says it is disappointing for the tournament to be postponed but is looking forward to welcoming the two London Clubs to the Sunshine State at a later date.
“These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone, and whilst it’s disappointing to have these exciting fixtures postponed, Brisbane Roar places paramount importance on the safety and wellbeing of our players, coaches, their families and our dedicated fans,” Pourre said.
“Brisbane Roar will continue to follow the advice of the relevant health authorities and we encourage all our fans to do so as well.
“The Club would like to thank all stakeholders involved in the organisation of the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup and we still look forward to welcoming two of England’s most historic clubs to Queensland at a later date.”
Upon confirming the postponement, Tim McGregor, the Managing Director of event organisers TEG Live, says there is strong intent from all parties to try to find a date to reschedule the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup.
“Following the strong response from the Australian public to these games, naturally all parties involved are disappointed this event is unable to proceed as planned this year. However, it’s the right and only decision to make during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the safety and well-being of all concerned the priority,” McGregor said.
“TEG Live would like to extend our gratitude to the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, EVA Air, Suncorp Stadium managed by ASM Global, Stadiums Queensland, City of Townsville and City of Gold Coast for their ongoing support of the Queensland Champions Cup concept and we hope to be able to deliver the event together in 2021.”
Existing ticket buyers are encouraged to retain their ticket as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates. If supporters find they are unable to attend the new dates when they are announced, refunds will be available via the point of purchase.