Gold Coast’s Palmer to cap crowds at 5000

Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer wants to cap home crowds at 5,000 so he can save the club money.

Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer wants to cap home crowds at 5,000 so he can save the club money.

The outspoken billionaire mining magnate is trying to close three sides of Skilled Park and will attempt to do so for this weekend’s clash with fellow newcomer North Queensland Fury.

Despite having a fairly successful start to the season results-wise, Gold Coast are attracting the lowest average attendances in the A-League but Palmer is more worried about stadium hiring costs than people showing up.

If crowds numbers get to over 5,000, it costs Palmer $140,000 but if numbers are under 5,000, he can save $100,000 and with the way United’s home crowds have been this season, that seems like a smart option.

But apparently supporters and more importantly players believe there is a distinct lack of atmosphere at United home games which is something that needs to be addressed before things get worse for the franchise which is just in their first year.