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AFC Asian Cup Australia: Korea vs. Oman

By Canfan - 8 January 2015 35

AFC Asian Cup Australia

Asia’s biggest football tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, is coming to Australia in January. Canberra will host seven games, including a quarter final, with the rest of the 25 matches divided between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle.

The first Asian Cup game to be played in Canberra will be Korea Republic versus Oman at Canberra Stadium this weekend on Saturday 10 January.

Korea is ranked fourth among Asian football teams and has won the Asian Cup twice, while Oman is ranked 93rd in the world by FIFA and has won the Gulf Cup of Nations once.

When: Saturday 10 January 2015
Time: From 4pm
Where: Canberra Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce

Tickets are available from the AFC Asian Cup Australia website.

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AFC Asian Cup Australia: Korea vs. Oman
dungfungus 10:21 am 12 Jan 15

astrojax said :

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

yep, me. and several friends and associates. and twelve odd thousand others, with about 1500-2000 koreans coming in from sydney [several around me had done this and were staying overnight – so tourism business for the ‘berra, for those asking ‘what’s in it for us?’]

can’t wait til the chinese pack out the stadium; that’ll rock!

It will be a great opportunity for Immigration and Border Security to pick up some of those evil visa over-stayers.

Mess 9:52 am 12 Jan 15

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

I went out and thought it was great. Heaps of atmosphere and the crowd got right into the game. I wihs we had that type of atmosphere at Raiders and Brumbies games, it actually felt like an event.

Masquara 10:01 pm 11 Jan 15

astrojax said :

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

yep, me. and several friends and associates. and twelve odd thousand others, with about 1500-2000 koreans coming in from sydney [several around me had done this and were staying overnight – so tourism business for the ‘berra, for those asking ‘what’s in it for us?’]

can’t wait til the chinese pack out the stadium; that’ll rock!

I think you’re having a lend of yourself if you think 2,000 Koreans came down from Sydney! Most Korean spectators will have been locals. We have nearly 6,000 Koreans residing in Canberra.

Masquara 9:45 pm 11 Jan 15

Growling Ferret said :

Masquara said :

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

Well attended? From the photo gallery I’ve seen, half the seats were empty.

I trust you have failed to venture outside from about 2pm yesterday to the present?

12000 plus was a good crowd considering.

au contraire. I was out and about in the rain.

dungfungus 5:35 pm 11 Jan 15

Masquara said :

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

Well attended? From the photo gallery I’ve seen, half the seats were empty.

Canberra/GIO Stadium has a capacity of 25,000 odd so it would have been half full as you suggest.
I am wondering if the 12,552 actually relates to tickets issued or bums in seats.
The tickets were advertised “from $14.00” and there were a lot of concessions. On top of that, there are a heap of freebies with most registered ACT soccer players receiving multiple free tickets.
A lot of the issued tickets for the Bahrain -v- United Arab Emirates match are freebies as this match is expected to attract few supporters locally.
Nothing like a little window-dressing.
I wonder how much Mr. Barr paid for his ticket?

JimCharles 3:36 pm 11 Jan 15

I am attending China V North Korea….for some reason this has novelty value to me and I guess the Chinese fans will turn out for a good atmosphere.

I didn’t like that jerk spokesman either, cheeky git…how not to market a game.
For a population of 300,000 even an EPL club would be happy with 25,000, and that’s watching some of the best players in the world in a football mad nation. This Asian Cup has a few good teams but the majority are pretty useless….and Canberra hasn’t exactly got the glamour ties.

astrojax 2:46 pm 11 Jan 15

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

yep, me. and several friends and associates. and twelve odd thousand others, with about 1500-2000 koreans coming in from sydney [several around me had done this and were staying overnight – so tourism business for the ‘berra, for those asking ‘what’s in it for us?’]

can’t wait til the chinese pack out the stadium; that’ll rock!

Growling Ferret 2:45 pm 11 Jan 15

Masquara said :

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

Well attended? From the photo gallery I’ve seen, half the seats were empty.

I trust you have failed to venture outside from about 2pm yesterday to the present?

12000 plus was a good crowd considering.

TimmehS 2:00 pm 11 Jan 15

Half the seats were empty…. well yes. 12500 turned up and the capacity is 25000. Thats half, well done.

Tim

Masquara 11:45 am 11 Jan 15

Masquara said :

Did anyone go?

Well attended? From the photo gallery I’ve seen, half the seats were empty.

Masquara 11:41 am 11 Jan 15

Did anyone go?

Masquara 11:40 am 11 Jan 15

The ACT Government’s track record on sponsorship is amateur night. Remember when Mamamia website’s celebrity/personality for hire Mia Freedman was contracted at great expense to be an “Ambassador for Canberra” around Floriade a few years ago? The government forgot to put a clause in her contract requiring her to not Canberra bash for ten years afterwards. So last year she merrily joined in on Canberra-bashing conversations on mainstream media without turning a hair. I doubt whether they did any sort of benefit analysis on the returns from contributing to the Asia Cup. And there are still marks on the roads in the Parliamentary Triangle from the “Supercars” fiasco with all its fudged attendance figures.

TimmehS 2:40 am 11 Jan 15

Great game yesterday, well attending considering the weather. More than the Raiders get (12,552) and for a game that didn’t involve Australia. The South Korean fans did a great job and the atmosphere was fantastic.

One aspect that surprised me was “FREE PARKING”. I caught the free action bus but it’s good to know for the midweek games I can battle with everyone else in the car parks.

As for what benefits does Canberra get? I’m sure there were plenty of people from interstate/overseas that came to Canberra and spent some money in our restaurants/cafes and stayed in our hotels.

As for our events not being well attended, i believe our last 2 ODIs at Manuka have been sold out, the Australia vs NZ League test match was close to sold out and the Netball test at the Palace was sold out.

People always complain there is nothing to do, well there is 6 more games in the Asian cup, the Big Bash Final and 3 Cricket World Cup matches. Get out there and show the world that Canberra is a fantastic place to come to!!!

All the stadiums for the Asian Cup have to be advertising free. Suncorp in Brisbane is just called Brisbane Stadium and Aami Park in Melbourne is called the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Tim

dungfungus 12:04 pm 10 Jan 15

I believe the ACT “special events” government is investing about $3 million in this.
I would like someone to explain why.

What direct benefits will accrue to Canberra? I know a few soccer fanatics who are not attending any of the matches so who else will be bothered apart from a couple of hundred expats, there being no matches involving the Australian team.
I particularly disliked the loud-mouthed media spokesman for the promoters who literally ordered Canberrans to attend and support these fixtures or “we won’t get any world class sporting events again”.
There have been some “world class” sporting events in Canberra before and I can’t remember any of them being well attended. Who gets the proceeds of the ticket sales on this one I wonder?
By the way, for the duration of this ratepayer funded “special event”, the venue will be called Canberra Stadium (as reported).
The name GIO Stadium has been expunged.

John Moulis 9:53 am 09 Jan 15

That rotten game on Saturday night better not cut into Rage’s retro month and the replays of Countdown.

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