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Brisbane Roar to move to $9 million Logan base

The Brisbane Roar is leaving Brisbane, with the A-League club to set up its new headquarters, training base and football academy in Logan.

But casual Roar fans will likely not notice, with the club to continue to play its home A-League and W-League games at Suncorp Stadium.

Roar chief executive David Pourre said the club would move its administration and operations divisions from Perry Park at Bowen Hills to the Logan Metro Sports Precinct at Heritage Park "within weeks".

Logan City Council says it has committed $9 million to the facility, with Football Brisbane, which would also move its base of operations to Heritage Park, to contribute $300,000.

Mr Pourre said the long-term plan was to set up the Roar Football Academy on the site.

"This is the first time the club has ever had a multi-million dollar investment committed to providing such wonderful infrastructure for football," he said.

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"Having the master rights over this facility is another step forward to strengthen the club's position as we strive to provide quality facilities for our players, coaches and support staff."

Mr Pourre said the site would include training fields, with at least one the same dimension as the club's playing base at Suncorp Stadium, along with change rooms and training facilities.

The club would continue to train at Griffith University until the new facilities were ready.

Logan mayor Pam Parker said it was a coup for the city.

"Here in Logan, we have so much talent, and a real passion for sport – our city has produced countless sports stars across all codes, and is home to a number of the region's most prolific and historic football clubs," she said.

"I'm excited for the future of sports in Logan and seeing future national football stars born and bred in Logan."

A-League boss Damien de Bohun said the Roar's move to Logan would link football from Brisbane through to the Gold Coast.

"For the Roar to secure the home that they wanted for so long is a huge step in this club's history," he said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he was confident the Roar would remain a Brisbane team, despite its move to Logan.

"They've made a commercial decision and they're entitled, as a board, to make that decision," he said.

"They go with our blessing.

"Obviously, they've got to make the right call for themselves, but they'll always be welcome in Brisbane, they'll always be the Brisbane Roar and the fact that they have moved to a metropolitan area within Brisbane, that's a commercial decision for them."

The Brisbane Roar club has had a nomadic existence since it entered the A-League in the inaugural 2005-06 season.

After initially being based at Richlands, where the Roar's parent club Queensland Lions was based, the Roar moved to Ballymore in 2008, where they remained until 2014.

Since leaving Ballymore, amid threats from former landlords Queensland Rugby Union to wind the club up, the Roar has been based at Perry Park.

The Roar's issues with the QRU have since been resolved, with the Roar setting its debts with the QRU in August.

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