A-League considers game for Coast
THE Sunshine Coast has been targeted by Football Federation Australia as a possible venue for an A-League match during the 2012-13 season.
Earlier this month the FFA approached a number of regional councils around Australia, asking for expressions of interest to host a one-off A-League fixture.
In Queensland the organising body wrote to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay and Cairns councils after each was earmarked as a suitable site.
The Sunshine Coast appeared on the FFA's radar last year when Queensland State League club the Sunshine Coast Fire hosted A-League teams the Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United at the recently redeveloped Sunshine Coast Stadium.
This season the A-League has scheduled five of its game in regional centres, including Bathurst and Launceston.
Football Queensland chief executive Geoff Foster said he would push to bring the A-League to regional Queensland.
"Our responsibility is for all of Queensland, not just to Brisbane or the Gold Coast," he said. "We're doing whatever we can to promote the game. To bring the A-League to these places is a big part."
Fire chairman Noel Woodall said he supported the idea but doubted Sunshine Coast Stadium in its current form could accommodate a regular-round A-League fixture.
He said it was a good case for the second and third phases of the facility - which were still in planning - to be fast-tracked.
"The only detriment that the Sunshine Coast has got is that our facilities - which for our players are good - haven't got enough seats (for an A-League game)," he said.
"It's got about 1100 seats plus temporary seating. It'd be better if it had 3000 or 4000 permanent seats."
Mackay and Cairns both boast stadiums with a larger capacity than the Sunshine Coast's.
Mackay's Virgin Australia Stadium has a 2000-seat grandstand and can accommodate a further 6000-10,000 in the outer.
Cairn's Barlow Park can hold 1700 in its grandstand and has a 15,000 ground capacity.
However, Woodall said it would be costly to take a production crew to Mackay and Cairns compared to the Coast, giving it an advantage.