Gold Coast owner Palmer to restrict home crowds

Gold Coast United owner and chairman Clive Palmer wants to restrict home game crowds to 5,000.

Gold Coast United owner and chairman Clive Palmer wants to restrict home game crowds to 5,000.

Reports suggest that the new A-League club needs crowds of 10,000 to break even and Palmer is apparently upset about the potential loss of $60,000 emanating from last weekend’s first home game against North Queensland Fury.

Despite the fact, United coach Miron Bleiberg is confident their next home game (against Sydney FC on September 5) will bring about a big crowd.

“There's no doubt in my mind that ... when we play against Sydney, you'll probably see double the crowd," Bleiberg said.

However, as reported by the Courier-Mail, Palmer is aiming lower and wants to ‘cap attendance at 5,000 so United do not have to pay a state government levy of $3.15 per ticket, which covers the cost of train and bus rides to matches.

‘The levy only applies when crowds exceed 5000 because a traffic management plan is then required.

‘A capped crowd will also allow United to open only one stand and therefore save money on event staff.’