Brisbane Roar have announced an agreement with Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) that sees the Roar men’s squad using Ballymore Stadium as their training base.
With the 2023/24 A-League Men’s season already kicking off, the Roar have recently settled into their newly redeveloped venue and have used the world-class facilities for their training sessions.
Earlier this year, the QRU and Brisbane Roar agreed to let the A-League women’s squad play all their league home matches their permanently. It is public that the relationship between the Roar and the QRU is fantastic and that more deals like this would occur in the future.
QRU CEO David Hanham explained how the Ballymore facilities were perfect for the Roar squad after the recent developments
“It’s great to have the Brisbane Roar back at Ballymore. Having the men’s program train at our world-class facility reinforces the QRU’s vision for Ballymore as a multi-sport high-performance hub,” Hanham said via Roar press release.
“It’ll see two Olympic sports in rugby and football come together at the one precinct – a milestone moment as we build towards the 2032 Brisbane Games.
“Our future vision for the Ballymore precinct is for the Eastern Stand to become a high-performance centre of excellence for Olympic sports, and the first home for women’s rectangular sport with stage one of Ballymore’s redevelopment now complete following the construction of the NRTC and McLean Stand.
“We look forward to welcoming their men’s program to the precinct but also the women’s squad to the venue for their upcoming home fixtures at Ballymore.”
BRFC Chairman and CEO Kaz Patafta expressed his excitement at the new opportunity for both Roar squads.
“The Ballymore Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art facility, and we are delighted to have our men’s squad utilise the venue as their training base,” he added via media release.
“Providing our players with a professional and consistent training environment will have a great impact on our club moving forward.
“We look forward to continuing to strengthen and expand our partnership with the QRU and we’re committed to ensuring our teams are exposed to high-performance facilities and infrastructure.”
This is a great move by the Roar, who are utilising their fantastic relationship with the QRU to give the women’s team a suitable home for league matches as well as using the world class facilities to help develop the men’s team with the potential to play a few home matches there for the 2023/24 campaign