Paradise Drowned

By DeusExMacintosh

Among the startling images emerging from Queensland’s south-east, the sight of the iconic Suncorp Stadium ground covered by murky flood water was just another reason for heads to shake in wonder. Its freshly laid turf, completed after concerts by U2 and Bon Jovi last month, is ruined.

Of course, that damage pales into insignificance when measured against the havoc wreaked across Brisbane and its surrounds by the flood crisis. However, the shockwaves from the natural disaster have reached across the region’s sporting codes as a number of stars continue to make big contributions.

Suncorp was at the centre of several developments yesterday. Aside from being under water, reports emerged that the stadium, in the suburb of Milton, had caught fire. The reality was not quite as dramatic, although there were flames after a small explosion in a transformer room.

”It was brought under control very quickly and there was no damage,” a stadium spokesman said.

The ground’s closing prompted urgent talks between its present tenants, the Brisbane Roar, and Football Federation Australia. The table-topping Roar were scheduled to play an A-League fixture there against Wellington on Sunday but with the stadium off limits, and the adjoining Queensland Rugby League headquarters evacuated, the match was postponed for a fortnight.

Sydney Morning Herald

Like I always say, the State of Origin isn’t about sport, it’s about religion…


  1. Movius
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    That’s one way to stop the Brisbane Roar I guess.

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