Whether you’re visiting from out of town or you’re a local who hasn’t quite caught footy fever yet, consider this your step-by-step guide. Follow it closely and you’ll be dressed head-to-toe in yellow and red, screaming on the Gold Coast SUNS in no time.
Start your day with a walk and an early morning coffee, best enjoyed with a side of salty air and sea views – Elk Espresso and ESPL Coffee Brewers in Surfers Paradise are two of our favourites. Once you’re sufficiently caffeinated, hit the water – yep, a morning swim is a Gold Coast ritual, even in winter #challengeaccepted. You’ll want to grab lunch a little early to get to Metricon by kick- off for afternoon games. We recommend making your way to Pacific Fair to catch the bus to the stadium, stopping in to get yourself some red and yellow attire to wear to the game (you can buy merch at the stadium, too) and a bite to eat. Pac Fair – as it’s known to the locals – is bursting with great dining options, including Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co., Mad Mex and Grill’d, as well as Cowch for the most drool- worthy desserts. Before evening games, take your time visiting some other local dining destinations, like the Oasis in Broadbeach or bustling Cavill Avenue. Or, head just down the road to Easy Street Burger in Mermaid Beach – a scout magazine team favourite. When it’s time to go to the stadium, don’t forget that customers in possession of a valid event ticket can catch any regular Surfside bus or G:link tram service to Broadbeach South Station for free, and then board a free event shuttle bus to Metricon Stadium. It couldn’t be easier!
WHILE THEY PLAY
When you’re not screaming your head off in support of our SUNS, be sure to check out some of the cool amenities they’ve got on offer at Metricon. The stadium is surrounded by delicious food trucks, and no matter how much you ate before arriving you’ll find yourself lining up for your game-day faves. Wash your hot chips down at the Fifth Quarter bar or, if you’re a SUNS season member, make use of the exclusive Light Tower bar. There are also corporate areas – including the Pirate Life Deck and the Lounge – which are perfect for functions or just to spice up your game day experience. For the kids, game day always has heaps of free kids’ activities – think giant inflatables, colouring in, face painting, hair braiding, player signings and lots more. But don’t forget about Sunday Fundays where kids go free! Before you leave Metricon, don’t forget to browse the SUNS Shop for gear to wear to your next game.
When the game is all over, it’s time to seek out a destination for your post-match celebration. If you’re dressed to the nines – perhaps you were lucky enough to enjoy the game from the Pirate Life Deck corporate area? – head to Nineteen at The Star for champers and an unparalleled view of the coast. Or, if you’re looking to keep things a little more low-key, the Broadbeach Tavern (‘The Broadbeach’ to locals) is a great place to wind down with a bevy. Want to keep the footy fanaticism going? Try the Star Casino sports bar to mix with mad fans and watch other games that may be on. And, if it’s a late, post- game dinner you’re after, we recommend Hideaway Kitchen & Bar at Broadbeach or Lucky Bao at Mermaid Waters for their modern twist on Asian cuisine and next-level cocktails.