It is a venue that has brought great success over the years for Brisbane Roar, and expectations are high ahead of the first match at Suncorp Stadium this Hyundai A-League season.
The Roar take on Adelaide United on Friday night (6:50pm KO QLD time) in front of the orange faithful for the first time this season at the the Club’s fortress.
Brisbane began the season with a 2-0 defeat away to Melbourne City, but vice-captain Jade North says the squad have turned their attention to hitting the ground running on home soil.
“The first game of the season is always tough and we know we just have to concentrate on what’s in front of us and that’s a home game against Adelaide this weekend,” he said.
Suncorp Stadium will forever be linked to epic grand final victories for the Roar, and it has become one of the most feared venues in the Hyundai A-League in recent seasons.
In the last two Hyundai A-League campaigns, only three times have sides come to Brisbane and left with maximum points.
Additionally, the last time Adelaide United ventured to Brisbane, the Roar took all three points with a thumping 4-0 win.
“In my time here, it’s always been a big advantage playing up here in Brisbane and we love playing at home,” North said.
“We’re very strong at home, we like calling it our fortress and that’s what it’s going to be.”
Head Coach John Aloisi says there were positives to take out of last week’s clash with City and that his side will take a positive mindset into Friday’s game.
“We are looking forward to Friday, the boys will be confident and with the support of our fans, knowing we’ve always been strong at Suncorp Stadium, we want to go get off to a good start at home,” Aloisi said.
Key attacking weapon Brett Holman will be available for selection after missing the opening game and will bring with him a wealth of experience to a Roar side that last week featured three teenagers.
With a number of key players expected to return in coming weeks, Aloisi says competition for places can only benefit his side.
“It’s a positive that Brett is available, and before too long we will have a few more back,” he added.
“It’s not just about having players back, it’s about the competition for places and the intensity in training. That only helps when you’re selecting a team and players take that intensity into games.”