Roar investigates move to Ballymore
The huge cost of playing out of Suncorp Stadium has the Queensland Roar considering a move to rugby union stronghold Ballymore.
The Queensland Rugby Union has confirmed it had informal talks with Roar officials over a possible move to their 24,000-seat stadium.
The Roar would not comment about a potential move but it's understood the exorbitant rental conditions at the old Lang Park have prompted alternative home-ground investigations rather than dipping crowd numbers.
Queensland had been averaging close to 20,000 in the first seven rounds of the A-League but only attracted 10,000 supporters to last Thursday's 3-0 loss to Newcastle.
The informal meeting with QRU chief executive Ken Freer at Ballymore occurred well before the Jets loss.
"We've had preliminary discussions, they've had a look around the facilities and if they decide they want to discuss it in more detail, we'd be delighted," Freer said.
"We'd love them to come aboard."
Any move would see history repeating for soccer in Queensland as the Brisbane Strikers moved from Suncorp Stadium, the traditional home of rugby league, to Ballymore in the late 1990s.
Crowds dropped dramatically during that time and fears of another sag could prevent another switch.
The Roar originally signed a five-year deal at the 52,500-seat stadium after former FFA boss John O'Neill emphasised the importance of A-League teams playing out of first-class stadiums.
Ironically, the Queensland Reds left Ballymore for Suncorp on a full-time Super 14 basis this year but have also been hurt by the high costs.
Suncorp Stadium's managers would not comment about reports the Roar's rental conditions were significantly less favourable than those of their major winter tenant, the Brisbane Broncos.
Both the Broncos (Energex) and Reds (Queensland Rail) have major sponsorship deals with State Government-owned corporations that are substantially more than the Roar's sponsorship deal.