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Nth Qld chief hoping fans will flock to Dairy Farmers

North Queensland Fury CEO Dean Hassall believes crowds at Dairy Farmers Stadium will begin to pick up once the ground is solely theirs.

The Fury have been sharing the stadium with rugby club North Queensland Cowboys but will have it to themselves for the next few months and Hassall is confident crowds will increase, starting with the Queensland derby against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

"I think any perceptions that it's a rugby league stadium that's been used for football will be gone - the pitch will be ours now until mid-February," Hassall said.

"The stadium has never had a second tenant over the summer period.

"We've already seen the fantastic atmosphere that's created by a football crowd in our first two home games, but I think the crowd will lift even more for the match against Brisbane, not just because it's a Queensland derby, but because it's the first official clash between the two teams.

"Dairy Farmers Stadium management and the North Queensland Cowboys have been excellent to work with during the period we had to share the venue and I'm sure the positive relationship will continue throughout the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season."

Hassall added that he thought the kick-off time of 7pm this weekend would suit Fury fans.

"North Queenslanders are used to a later start time for their sport and the rest of Fury's home games will be in the evening," he added.

"We know there's support for Fury right across the region and now more of our fans will have extra time to get to the matches.

"We hope to see them at Dairy Farmers on Saturday night."

Andrew Slevison
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