Roar boss supports A-League in Ipswich
BRISBANE Roar fans are expected to descend on the North Ipswich Reserve today as the A-League side continues its pre-season against the Melbourne Victory.
A crowd of more than 5000 is expected with ticket pre-sales tracking alongside a normal Roar fixture at Suncorp Stadium.
Roar CEO Sean Dobson said he would welcome the trip to Ipswich becoming a regular event if A-League expansion included an Ipswich side.
The prospect of a third derby in the national competition would help football in south-east Queensland, Dobson said.
"Definitely you take a look at Sydney and you take a look at Melbourne it always helps to have a derby. If you take a look around the regions and the western corridor it's probably the biggest growth," he said.
"For derbies to work transport needs to be easy, and the transport link from Ipswich to Brisbane is really good.
"We've had huge support and with all of the work the Pride are doing out here in the region, the way they are engaging with the region and going out past Toowoomba as well, it's really important."
Western Pride chairman Kym Wickstein said hosting the two national sides was a chance to prove Ipswich can stage major events.
"The fact that it's coming to Ipswich is a huge boost for the area. It puts a lot of confidence back for what we have done over the past three years with the Ipswich invitational," he said.
"We've got aspirations to play in the A-League and this is a good opportunity to put forward Ipswich."
Yesterday football fans gathered at a lunch, but Roar coach Mike Mulvey became the sole guest speaker after Victory coach Ange Postecoglou's flight was delayed.
Roar fans met some of their heroes at Riverlink on Thursday night.
The match kicks off at 3pm with adult tickets $10 and children $5 and family tickets from $20.