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Gabba move still up in the air

Daniel Bouwmeester    March 16, 2023    2 min read   
Image: Stadiums Queensland.

Springfield’s Brighton Homes Arena is still in contention to host sports games which would otherwise be held at The Gabba during the iconic venue’s upcoming redevelopment for the Olympics.

The Queensland Government and Stadiums Queensland are currently determining an ideal temporary relocation venue for Queensland Cricket and Brisbane Lions matches when the Gabba closes from 2025 to 2029.

At this stage, Brighton Homes Arena remains a possibility only, according to Ms Mullen.

“There has been some recent public commentary in relation to an expanded Brighton Homes Arena in Springfield,” Ms Mullen said.

“To be clear, no decision has been made by the Queensland Government nor the sporting tenants at this time.

“A number of potential venues are under consideration, including Brighton Homes Arena.”

The RNA Brisbane Showgrounds and Heritage Bank Stadium (formerly Metricon Stadium) on the Gold Coast are both also being considered.

Brisbane Lions’ General Manager of Infrastructure, Strategy, and Government Relations Jacob Anson said all three locations were viable.

“The RNA has publicly expressed interest in hosting AFL and cricket while the Gabba is reconstructed,” Mr Anson said.

“The Lions have met with the RNA and more due diligence is required to understand whether it may be suitable.”

Major considerations

While Ms Mullen agreed the proposition was “exciting”, she said the Greater Springfield region’s limited infrastructure and capacity were major roadblocks.

“[I] share our community’s concern that current infrastructure — particularly our roads — could not meet the demands of a 30,000-seat stadium.”

Dignitaries and players attend at the Brighton Homes Arena sod-turning ceremony in 2021. Image: Brisbane Lions.

“Please be assured this is a key consideration in the planning being undertaken.”

“Once the assessment by the Queensland Government and Stadiums Queensland is completed, an announcement will be made on a ‘temporary’ venue.”

The Queensland Government provided $18 million to support the construction of Brighton Homes Arena, which opened in November, last year.

“We are already beginning to realise the economic and social benefits of this important investment,” Ms Mullen said.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.