Gold Coast fans to miss out on seeing stars

With owner Clive Palmer standing firm on his decision to cap this weekend’s crowd to 5000, Gold Coast United fans are set to miss out on seeing the games stars on the same pitch.

With owner Clive Palmer standing firm on his decision to cap this weekend’s crowd to 5000, Gold Coast United fans are set to miss out on seeing the games stars on the same pitch.

The clash between Gold Coast and North Queensland Fury on Saturday night will have arguably three of the best players in the A-League on the same patch of grass (United’s Shane Smeltz and Jason Culina and the Fury’s Robbie Fowler) and the visiting camp have labelled it a shame that not everybody will get to see it.

“Every club has different stadium deals and this is their way of dealing with it," Fury chairman Don Matheson said.

"Clive's not a fool - I'm sure he'd love to have crowds of 25,000 at Coast games.

"This is probably his way of trying to build a sound foundation on the Coast for football.

"But the fact that a lot of people will miss seeing Robbie is a shame."

Palmer has decided to cap the crowd at Skilled Park to 5000 as it is much more cost-effective for the club – a saving of about $100,000 – if the attendance does not go over that cap.

But Gold Coast CEO Clive Mensink said it was also a plan to build a strong foundation at the new club.

"This is being done with a view to Gold Coast United being around for a long time," he said.