Yesterday FTBL revealed how the FFA were openly critical of the Queensland government for refusing to build a mid-sized boutique rectangular stadium in Brisbane for football.


How the FFA hope their dream of a new Brisbane stadium will happen...

Football Federation Australia are hoping an investor will come along to build a new boutique stadium in Brisbane after giving up hope of the Queensland state government stepping in.

They said the size and cost of Suncorp Stadium was hurting the A-League and even limiting the number of international games that could be played in Brisbane.

And they said their ideal solution could have been an A-League expansion club like Western United coming in with plans to build their own stadium.

But in the final days of the window to pledge interest in bidding to join the A-League, plans WERE unveiled for an ambitious revamp of the Strikers' home stadium Perry Park.

The blueprints ticked every box for the FFA's ambitions with a 15,000-seater capacity and modern facilities that could also be used by rugby league and rugby union.

However the plans got shelved when it became clear how much the FFA were looking for from bidders to purchase a new A-League licence – and the $12-15million price tag expected by the FFA killed the bid before anyone could even begin to cost the Perry Park upgrade.

"It got too rich for our tastes," admitted Strikers' chairman Brice Atherton-Evans today. "Our investors did not see the value in going forward with the process."

The plans drawn up saw two underground car parks for more than 500 cars, retail and commercial developments, corporate suites, media rooms and even a BBQ terrace along with new parkland.

But the Strikers admit they were only at the very early stages of the concept when the plug was pulled on the project.

"We hadn't even started to push the government on this," said Atterton-Evans. "When we decided not to proceed with the A-League bid, we had only drawn up the plans and not done the feasibility study or approached the government for funding.

"We are a long way off making it happen."

The Strikers - who tried to amalgamate with the rival Brisbane City bid late in the process to create a joint proposal, shortly before abandoning the project - could still resurrect the plan though.

The new A-League body - currently in the process of creation – is expected to open up bidding for another round of expansion in the near-future, opening the door for a revived tilt.

However they are expected to change the process of expansion, and will in future identify the specific areas they want to move in and then invite bids for those areas.

"I will have to take it back to the board," said the Strikers chairman. "But they have decided not to proceed at the moment.

"There is a lot to do."

But he took heart from the FFA's recent comments and ambitions for the city.

"I think Brisbane should be encouraged by their comments for sure," he said. "It is a recognisable problem.

"It would certainly be good for Australian football to get some of the financial government assistance that the other sports seem to get..."