- Last updated:
- 08 Dec 2020
The expansion will update the stadium's capacity and design as well boost local economy.
The proposed expansion will boost the venue seating capacity to 11,618 with a total capacity of 16,618 via:
- A new eastern grandstand with 8085 seats
- Expansion of the existing western grandstand to 3533 seats, from 1046
- Southern and northern mounds will remain to accommodate around 5000 spectators.
The concept design reflects our region’s unique topographical landscape. Innovative features will reflect our subtropical climate and create a distinctly Queensland atmosphere.
The project will deliver key components such as:
- increased grandstand seating
- improved facilities for athletes and officials
- multi-purpose/community spaces
- additional change rooms
- coaches’ and media boxes, camera platforms and a production area
- improved first aid facilities
- enhanced hospitality and function offering
- improved amenities for spectators.
Fans will enjoy a better experience with:
- improved seating layout and sight lines
- supply of food and beverages
- more public amenities
- improved access and inclusivity
- better technology.
An independent economic impact assessment has been commissioned and initial results shared. This work was undertaken by .id The Population Experts and calculated using an input-output model which is derived from the local economy microsimulation model by National Economics (NIEIR). The key findings of this report were as follows:
- The combination of all direct, industrial and consumption effects would result in a total estimated increase of 308 jobs located on the Sunshine Coast during the construction phase.
- The combination of all direct, industrial and consumption effects would result in total estimated rise in output of $100.6m in the Sunshine Coast economy.
- Events attracted on a 12-month calendar following the completion of the construction is estimated to have an economic impact of $23.8m which is estimated to add 263 direct and indirect jobs into the Sunshine Coast.