Brisbane has been named as a host city for the FIFA Women’s World Cup with matches set to be played at Brisbane Stadium (Lang Park) in 2023.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the stadium would be one of 10 venues in Australia and New Zealand.
“This is the largest women’s sporting event in the world. Having the world cup is a huge coup for Queensland,” the Premier said.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will bring thousands of visitors to the River City and a significant economic boost potentially worth up to $50 million.
“Hosting games here in Brisbane will generate cash for local businesses, support local jobs and help us to grow our reputation as a world class destination for major events.
“It’s also great for young girls and women who aspire to play the game on the world stage.”
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the FIFA Women’s World Cup was another great opportunity to show Queensland to the world.
“Hosting elite global sport confirms Queensland’s reputation as a world sporting event and tourism destination and support for up to 140 jobs,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup played in France to a global TV and steaming audience of more than one billion fans.
“With international travel expected to be possible before 2023, the World Cup has tremendous potential to promote Queensland visitor experiences to the world.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will also deliver an incredible once-in-a-generation legacy for women’s sport in Queensland.
“We know when young girls and women see what’s possible on the world stage, they’re motivated to be their best on the field.”
Football Australia Chairman, Chris Nikou said the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ would be the biggest sporting event on Australian soil since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“Today’s announcement of the Host Cities and match venues, including Brisbane Stadium, for the tournament is a major milestone in the build-up to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup™ – a tournament that will unite nations, inspire generations, and provide our diverse and multicultural game with the perfect platform to grow over the coming years.”
Discussions about the scheduling of match events will start soon and be announced in coming months.