North Queensland Fury to open up gates for Wellington Phoenix clash
United owner Clive Palmer, whose company Queensland Nickel sponsors the Fury, opened up the gates for the weekend's fixture with Central Coast Mariners which was ended after just 20 minutes due to inclement weather.
Palmer said the response for that game was good but admitted it was a shame that the pitch could not cope with the Gold Coast rain.
''We are all very disappointed that the game had to be abandoned due to the state of the pitch,'' he said.
''It is such a shame that the supporters didn't get to see how good the team is and how committed they were to putting on a good show and winning the match.
''It was a great success in the sense that we had over 23,000 tickets snapped up and over 10,000 people in the stadium in what were appalling weather conditions. I want to thank everyone who took the trouble to come to the game.''
Fury chief executive Rabieh Krayem urged fans from all over Northern Queensland to get to the December 27 match to help shore up the future of the Townsville club.
"Although the Fury are based in Townsville, we represent the whole of north Queensland and want the region to feel ownership for this club," he told the Cairns Post.
"Hopefully the money people will save on purchasing tickets will help cover any costs associated with travelling to Townsville.
"Since February, supporters of the Fury have been on a rollercoaster when it comes to the future of the club and the battle still continues," he added.
"But what some people forget is that this football club is only five months old, and what has been achieved in such a small amount of time is simply sensational."