Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Battle of Brisbane has officially become the biggest fight in Australia’s history after ticket sales hit the 40,000-seat mark this week.
Ms Jones welcomed the record crowd numbers for the highly-anticipated fight on 2 July 2017 at Suncorp Stadium between Brisbane school teacher Jeff Horn and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao.
“We always knew this fight would pack a punch for Brisbane,” Ms Jones said.
“With 40,000 tickets already sold it will be the biggest boxing crowd ever seen in Australia.
“This fight also has the potential to host a record Suncorp Stadium crowd of 55,000 fans, with more than a month to go.
“The chance to see our local hero take on one of the greatest boxers of all time is an opportunity too good to miss.
“The event will pump more than $23 million into local business and show off the best of Queensland to a massive global audience, with spectators from 150 countries expected to tune in.
“The current crowd record for a boxing match in Australia sits at 38,000 people who saw Azumah Nelson beat Jeff Fenech in Melbourne in 1992.”
Ms Jones said he WBO Welterweight World Title match was secured by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) in partnership with the Brisbane City Council and Suncorp Stadium.
“This fight is a highlight on the state’s major events calendar and will raise Queensland’s profile in many of our key international tourism markets, including South East Asia,” she said.
“This event secures Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s leading events destination.
“This year we’re also exclusively hosting a number of other headline events including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final, the Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition, the Royal Ballet in Brisbane, the Magic Millions and the final of badminton’s Sudirman Cup.”
Duco Events Director Dean Lonergan said the fight would be an event too good to miss.
“We are excited by the interest shown in this ground-breaking event and can’t wait for the world to witness what will be an epic clash at an ideal stadium for boxing,” Mr Lonergan said.
“A result like this could not have been achieved without Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing recognising the value that events generate for the economy and local community.
“With partners like TEQ and BM, we are better able to maximise this impact for the region.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the record-breaking bout would ensure widespread global interest and exposure for Brisbane.
“Millions of people will be watching from around the world to witness one of the biggest sporting contests of 2017,” Cr Quirk said.
“Hosting the world title boxing event will place Brisbane firmly in the international spotlight and once again demonstrate our city’s ability to host world-class international events.
“It will also attract thousands of interstate and international visitors to Brisbane, supporting our tourism and hospitality businesses including hotels, restaurants, retailers and service providers.”
Source: Queensland Government/ Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games The Honourable Kate Jones