Soccer: Floods prompt fire drama at Suncorp Stadium

The soccer pitch at Suncorp Stadium is totally water logged. Photo / Courtesy Seven Network Australia – Brisbane News'
The soccer pitch at Suncorp Stadium is totally water logged. Photo / Courtesy Seven Network Australia – Brisbane News'

Sunday's A-League soccer match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Brisbane Roar is in further doubt after a fire at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium when rising floodwaters triggered a short circuit in an electricity generator today.

Smoke was seen streaming from a vent on the second story of the central city stadium following an explosion about 12.30pm (NZT), while the water level has risen to about 1.2-metres, inundating the ground floor of the 60,000-seat complex.

The entire pitch was also totally water logged.

With the Brisbane River expected to peak at 5.5 metres early tomorrow morning (0700NZT), it seems highly unlikely the Phoenix will be able to play their round 23 fixture against the competition leading Roar.

The Phoenix were expected to find out today whether the game would go ahead.

Football Federation Australia was yesterday exploring alternative venues but if the game had to be called off, then it would be rescheduled before the end of the regular season on February 13.

- NZPA

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