Sunshine Coast Stadium upgrade to benefit spectators
  • Tuesday 15 November 2016
Sunshine Coast Stadium upgrade Cr Cox and Cr O

Sunshine Coast Stadium, our region’s premier outdoor sports and events facility, will have its capacity boosted to around 10,000 by a $2.5 million project that was officially launched today.

The upgrade includes new, family friendly turf hills along the eastern, northern and southern sides of the playing surface, which is being transformed from an oval shape to a rectangular field to allow spectators to be closer to the action.

The new stadium will also have a 36 square metre LED scoreboard/replay screen.

Due to be completed prior to the start of the next football season, the project is being jointly funded by council’s Capital Works Program and the State Government’s Get Playing Plus Program.

A new irrigation system, electrical works, pathways and driveways, fencing, landscaping and tree planting will complete the upgrade, which represents the biggest change to the stadium since it opened in 2011.

Divisional Councillor Peter Cox the improvements would consolidate Sunshine Coast Stadium’s reputation as an outstanding venue to host major and community events.

“The Sunshine Coast Stadium is a runaway success story and that story is about to get even better,” Cr Cox said.

“We have a fantastic grandstand that our patrons love and soon the option will be available for spectators to follow the tradition of watching and cheering on from the hill.

“We’ll have great viewing available from all four sides of the ground and the extra elevation, especially on the eastern side, is going to make a real difference to what was there previously.

“The big screen will be a permanent fixture and is going to be a very popular one I’m sure.”

Tourism, Sports and Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said Sunshine Coast Stadium’s events schedule made it one of the most used facilities in the state.

“Not only is the stadium the home of the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Sunshine Coast Fire, there’s a huge variety of other events – sporting and entertainment - held here each year.

“With the capacity rising from around 7500 to 10,000, there are going to be extra opportunities available for event organisers looking to use our stadium.”

Sunshine Coast Falcons CEO Chris Flannery said the improvements would make his team’s home the best in the Intrust Super Cup.

“Our crowds have definitely grown over the last couple of years and this upgrade is going to make the stadium an even better destination to come and watch the Falcons as well all the other sports and events held here,” Mr Flannery said.

“We’ll be making full use of the LED screen and I’m sure families are going to enjoy bringing a blanket along and sitting on the hill.”