$68 Million Sunshine Coast Stadium Expansion – Kawana Sports Precinct


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has agreed to increase the size of the existing stadium to provide the community a venue that can host an increased number of events.

The approved concept design provides an additional seating to the Sunshine Coast Stadium that will increase fixed seating capacity to 16,618 seats in stage one with a goal to provide approximately 23,400 seat venue over time.

The existing spectating hills at both the southern and northern ends of the stadium will remain unchanged and continue to accommodate approximately 5,000 spectators.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has only committed $17 million towards the project. Mark Jamieson, Mayor of Sunshine Coast Council outlined that additional funding will be sought from both the State and Federal governments and other sources.

 “This design provides 10,572 extra seats initially, at a cost of approximately $6,400 per seat which compares favourably with other recent and upcoming stadium developments in Australia and overseas which exceed the $10,000 per seat cost,”

“If all funding can be secured, works on the expansion will start in October 2021 with construction expected to take 15 months”.

“Key drivers of the project design have been to create a fan-friendly experience, improved operational efficiency, the ability to meet the requirements of key sporting codes from NRL, A-League, Rugby Union as well as those of other live entertainment events such as music concerts”.

“Importantly however, is the focus on delivering a venue concept that responds to the needs that will be generated by our community as it continues to grow.” Mayor Jamieson said.

Project Details
– Stage 1 (additional 16,618 seats)
– Extended Western Grandstand (increased to 3,533 seats)
– New Eastern Grandstand (8,085 seats)
– New food and beverage outlets in the western grandstand
– Improved access to public amenities in the western grandstand
– Improved athlete amenities (warm-up and recovery areas)
– Athlete cold and warm recovery pools, and a team auditorium
– Multi-purpose/community spaces
– Two new change room facilities and operations rooms
– First aid and medical rooms, a drug testing room
– Media facilities, coaches’ boxes, ground announcers’ room
– Dedicated police and security operations rooms
– New function/corporate facilities in the western grandstand.

The final design for the stadium to support 23,400 seating capacity, which includes new north and south grandstands have been completed by the engaged architectural team and will be released at a future date.

Mayor Jamieson outlined that the Sunshine Coast was missing a stadium with an appropriate capacity and functionality to attract and host national sport and entertainment events.

“An enhanced stadium is widely regarded as a key element of the public infrastructure mix of contemporary, urban cities and city regions,” he said.

“It provides a place of celebration and activation, as well as offering a drawcard and capability to stage major events and national level competitions which deliver significant economic and social value to the community.

“To date, our region has achieved excellent results in attracting elite sports to the Sunshine Coast for training, rehabilitation and recovery purposes, pre-season competition events and more recently, NRL fixture matches.”

“Council wants to ensure our region realises its full potential as a major events destination and to meet our vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative,”

“Having in place the appropriate facilities to enable this to occur is a critical element.” Mayor Jamieson said.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Council and Tourism Events Queensland have a three-year contract to host one regular season game in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the stadium.

The Women’s NRL State of Origin Fixture in June 2020 has been secured, as well as one Cronulla Sharks fixture for each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and two Elton John concerts scheduled for March 2020.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg welcomed the expansion plans.

“The NRL commends the Sunshine Coast Council’s plans to redevelop the stadium”. “We are always supportive of investment in rugby league venues, especially where they will deliver an enhanced experience for our fans and better facilities for our athletes. 

“We look forward to working closely with the council in an effort to bring this exciting vision to life.” Mr Greenberg said.

Blake Solly, CEO of South Sydney Rabbitohs outlined it was important Sunshine Coast Stadium’s infrastructure was improved to maintain its status as an NRL suitable venue.

“In particular, increased seating and corporate areas will allow council or the event holder to increase the commercial returns on any event”. “This will ensure that the Sunshine Coast remains competitive in any bidding or tender process for the allocation of NRL matches.” Mr Solly said.

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