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Jan 18, 2011

Roar games switched to Coast venue

Gold Coast's under-fire Skilled Park will become a second home ground to A-League leaders Brisbane Roar after picking up two matches switched from the flood-affected Suncorp Stadium.

The Roar will play their postponed match against Wellington Phoenix next Wednesday (January 26) at the Robina ground before also meeting Melbourne Heart there on Saturday week (January 29).

The switches will see Skilled Park host four A-League matches in 11 days with Gold Coast United also playing Newcastle (January 22) and Adelaide United (February 2) in a hectic period for their much-maligned home ground.

The Robina venue has been heavily criticised in the past month for the poor state of its surface and Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has voiced concerns that patchy ungrassed areas could impact badly on their vibrant passing game.

Brisbane officials still hope Suncorp Stadium will be available for the Roar's final home game before the finals series on February 12 against Gold Coast but that remains in doubt due to flood damage.

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