Football fever urged on Brisbane

People of Brisbane city should show their colours and team spirit this football season, according to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

With the first State of Origin clash next Wednesday, Cr Quirk said Brisbane should embrace the month of June and the football season.

“What we are calling on people to do is to show their colours, and it doesn’t matter what colour they may be following, what football team they may be supporting, we are asking businesses, individuals, hotels, restaurants, to get into the atmosphere and spirit of this event,” he told today’s Brisbane City Council meeting.

The “footy-fever” month is expected to bring in an additional 70,000 visitors, injecting around $17.7 million into the city’s economy.

“It will be a many opportunity for people to come to our city to soak up the atmosphere and be a part of footy fever in that month,” Cr Quirk said.

Since last year, Brisbane has seen a 20 percent rise in business meetings bringing a steady business to hotels Monday to Friday.

Cr Quirk said even the Blues would be welcome on the State of Origin game day.

“What is important is that we create spirit and excitement in our city”.

Opposition leader Cr Dick criticised Cr Quirk’s concentration on football fever.

“Talk about tackling the tough issues,” he said.

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