After a few weeks of waiting with baited breath and interesting theories of where the fight will be held, the long awaited announcement for the venue of the Jeff Horn v Tim Tszyu April 22 bout has finally been announced. It’s going to Townsville in North Queensland.
Townsville’s new Queensland Country Bank Stadium, which holds 25000 people, will play host to what is so far the biggest fight on the Australian calendar for 2020. Already playing host to an Elton John concert on the 29th of February this year, the new multi-million dollar stadium is already earning its keep.
This is the biggest fight that Townsville has ever played host to, in 2002 Anthony Mundine fought Brad Mayo at the Townsville Entertainment Centre, and with the exception of local events held at various PCYCs (Police and Citizens Youth Club) in the Townsville area, this is easily the biggest fight to hit the North Queensland City.
Although boxing is not an usual event for Townsville, the city is no stranger to huge sports events. Townsville is the home city of the National Rugby League (NRL) Team, the North Queensland Cowboys and consistently has crowds of (depending who their playing of course) around 15000-20000 people. They are playing the Brisbane Broncos this Friday and that’s expected to be a sell out at the new stadium.
There also the annual Townsville 400 Supercars three day event in July that brings tens of thousands of people to the Townsville area to watch the event.
With a population of around 250000 people and growing, Townsville will easily be able to support the fight, and that’s not counting the people from Cairns, Mackay, Mt Isa and all around the North Queensland area who usually travel for Cowboys game, will travel for the fight. Personally I don’t think tickets will be available for long so get in quick.
As I mentioned before, the Cowboys are playing the Canterbury Bulldogs (from Sydney) on the Anzac Day (April 25) weekend, so Bulldogs can travel up North a few days earlier to catch the fight and the game all in one week.
Being that I lived in Townsville for about six years through my military service, April is a fantastic time of year to be up North. The wet season is over, humidity has dropped at that cool ocean breeze makes everything spectacular. I only wish I was still there.
Being in a Queensland city, the crowd will predominantly in the favour of Jeff Horn as Jeff is a Brisbane boy (Brisbane being the captail of Queensland) and Tim Tszyu is from Sydney in New South Wales. This is a sort of State of Origin match (Qld v Nsw) and just adds to the forty year history of the epic Rugby League rival between Queensland and New South Wales. Pretty much any Queensland v New South Wales sports rivalry is considered a State of Origin rivalry.
This is a fantastic coup for Townsville, as I thought that the fight would be held in Brisbane, but this is a fantastic opportunity to Townsville to shine on a national and possible international stage.
Here is the link to purchase tickets https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/horn-v-tszyu-tickets/artist/2742240?fbclid=IwAR0l899b1VE2Qo5lxSH4gDBb611nJAPQWiqAoVQhG_I9ZD1u9ptKzSoKAJU