Vuvuzelas banned at Brisbane Roar home games

The vuvuzela, which gained notoriety at the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa, will be banned for Brisbane Roar games at Suncorp Stadium for the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season.

The vuvuzela, which gained notoriety at the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa, will be banned for Brisbane Roar games at Suncorp Stadium for the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season.

This was announced jointly today by Stadium General Manager, Alan Graham and Roar CEO, Peter McLennan.

Mr Graham said the Stadium had agreed to a request from the Roar to ban the instrument and was consistent with the stand taken recently by a number of other venues both in Australia and overseas.

Mr Graham said the Stadium had in place Terms and Conditions of Entry that were designed to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all patrons.

“The nuisance value of the vuvuzela is well documented. Anyone who watched any of the World Cup games would agree the noise they emit is a major inconvenience. The fans said so and so did the players,” Mr Graham said.

“The event experience for patrons at Suncorp Stadium is just as important to us as what happens on the field of play.

“We are all about helping the Brisbane Roar create a home town fortress and atmosphere at the Stadium but vuvuzelas bring nothing to the party.

“Anyone attempting to bring a vuvuzela into the Stadium will have it confiscated.”

Mr McLennan echoed the sentiments of Mr Graham.

He said he believed the club-s supporters were the best kind of vocal support for the team.

“We have the best fans in the Hyundai A-League and they have demonstrated time and again they are loud and proud to follow Brisbane Roar,” Mr McLennan said.

“As a club, we believe the vuvuzela would detract from the fantastic atmosphere already created at Suncorp Stadium. We ask our fans to sing hard, cheer hard and chant hard, but leave the vuvuzelas at home.”