In January, Australia will come alive for the ‘festival of football’. Both spectators on the ground – tipped at 500,000 – and more than 800 million watching around the world will come together for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
It’s the first time Australia has hosted the prestigious AFC Asian Cup 2015 which started in 1956 and takes place every four years. It will be the biggest football tournament this country has ever hosted, with 16 countries duking it out from 9 January to 31 January 2015. The host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle will host a whopping32 matches over 23 days.
Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium has hosted numerous football games over the years includingFIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. It’s Queensland’s premiere football venue with a 52,000 capacity. During the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Brisbane will host seven matches including a quarter final and the highly anticipated showdown between World Cup finalists Australia and Korea Republic.
- 10 January China faces Saudi Arabia
- 12 January Jordan takes on Iraq
- 14 January China plays Uzbekistan
- 16 January Iraq takes on Japan
- 17 January Australia plays Korea
- 19 January Iran faces the UAE
- 22 January there will be a quarter final played here
Hotels near Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium include the Gambaro Hotel and the Park Regis North Quay. In the heart of Brisbane you’ll find many more options including hotels such asthe Rendezvous, Mercure, and Hilton, plus many serviced apartments. Suncorp Stadium is just a five minute drive from the city centre with your Brisbane car hire, along the M3 or George St.
When you’re looking for a place to eat, sporting fans can look to the Archive Beer Boutique in the West End for a laidback, modern Australian bistro menu and excellent beer experience. For an upmarket dining experience, Restaurant Two offers contemporary French-Australian tasting menus against a backdrop of beautiful garden views; Aria offers upscale modern Australian dining with river views; and Jellyfish offers creative seafood right on the waterfront.