We’ll go ahead and spill the beans right from the jump. One of the top reasons you need to attend a Brisbane Broncos match at their home venue is because of, well, the home venue and surrounding neighbourhood. Even if you know nothing about the National Rugby League (NRL) or the sport of rugby itself, there’s still plenty to love about Suncorp Stadium. In addition to a grueling rugby match, you’ll likely find a party.
And who doesn’t enjoy a great party?
Of course, it’s well worth a trip to Suncorp Stadium just to watch the Broncos in action, we won’t downplay that at all. The squad is one of the best in the league, routinely found atop the OddsChecker NRL Grand Final Winner predictions lists.
The Broncos Home Pitch
Set in the Brisbane suburb of Milton, Suncorp Stadium is also known by its original moniker, Lang Park or Brisbane Stadium. The venue is a multi-purpose facility, featuring three rectangular tiers and capacity for 52,500 roaring fans, which makes it the fifth largest stadium in the country.
You’re entering a pretty historic site when you walk into the stadium. Lang Park first opened its doors in 1914 and has been operating continuously for over 100 years.
The Broncos aren’t the only residents here. Suncorp Stadium is also home to the Queensland Reds of union rugby and the Brisbane Roar Football Club. The venue played host to the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final.
The match-viewing experience at Suncorp Stadium is best summed up by Wynne Gray, a New Zealand rugby journalist who hails it as perhaps the best rugby stadium in the world. According to Gray, “[Suncorp Stadium is] so intimate you can hear the smack of bodies, the boot on leather, you feel the power and rhythm of the games.”
The stadium has even drawn comparisons to two world-class UK sporting facilities: Millenium Stadium in Cardiff and London’s Twickenham Stadium.
Gotta Eat, Gotta Drink
You’re sure to whip up an appetite at some point during your venture to Suncorp Stadium. Fortunately, the venue serves up a lot of delicious food. A total of 2,196 sit-down dining spaces are available across the venue’s eight food service locations. From the 780-seat Stadium Members’ Dining Room to the more intimate 70-person capacity Southern Terrace Grill, there’s an option for every taste and budget.
Stepping Out to a Quiet Space
If you really just need to some find some silent tranquility at a Broncos game, Suncorp Stadium has you covered. A designated “quiet space” is available on Level 3. Just check with stadium staff to make arrangements for using the space.
Great Eats Around the Corner
There are also some fantastic nearby restaurants to check out pre or post-match.
Beer lovers will go nuts at Brewski on Caxton Street, a chic pub featuring 150 domestic and international beers with a menu of modern gastropub favorites.
Located in the Barracks Shopping Centre, Peasant is a great stop for a group of Broncos match-goers. Here you can enjoy the expansive tapas menu, while sipping one of the delectable featured wines from Spain or Portugal. Hip, street art murals and inventive lighting make Peasant a unique dining experience.
Driver, Take Me to the Match!
Getting to Suncorp Stadium is easy via public transportation. Brisbane City Council Bus Services offers match day shuttles from a variety of points to the stadium. The shuttles run at regular intervals beginning two hours prior to kick-off and ending two hours after the game. Riders of Queensland Rail City Network Services are advised to use either the Roma Street or Milton Street stations to access Suncorp Stadium.
There’s no need to worry if you don’t know the difference between a scrum and a tap kick. You can still enjoy the match day atmosphere, cool amenities, and rich history of Suncorp Stadium. Just think of it as a party where a rugby contest breaks out!