Springfield City Group (SCG) Deputy Chairman Bob Sharpless has hailed the start of construction on the $70 million state-of-the-art Brisbane Lions AFL Stadium as an “exciting phase for Greater Springfield, our community and the growth of AFL in the western corridor”.
Mr Sharpless, a former Brisbane Lions Chairman, was a guest speaker at the official sod turning ceremony for the stadium – officially named the Brighton Homes Arena – on Monday, May 17. The stadium is due to be completed in September 2022,
“We are extremely excited to see our long-term vision for a master planned sporting stadium precinct adjacent to the train station come to life,” Mr Sharpless said. “The benefit this facility will bring to our community will be substantial and I know our residents are looking forward to it being open.
“Sport, and the AFL in particular, is one of the social fabrics of Australian culture and we’re very proud to see Springfield City be home to the first-ever, purpose built dedicated stadium to a women’s sports team, namely the Brisbane Lions AFLW.
“Greater Springfield is a sporting city and this facility further reinforces our commitment to creating a healthy and active, thriving place to live, work and play.”
Springfield City Group contributed funding towards the new stadium, which will offer modern amenities for up to 10,000 spectators. It will include a high-performance training and support centre for both the men’s and women’s teams, with the specially designed equal facilities the first of its kind in Australia.
Today’s announcement follows the recent closure of the formal process to identify a new development partner with SCG to spearhead a vibrant new $100 million Sports and Leisure Hospitality Precinct adjoining Brighton Homes Arena.
The first stage of the 10-hectare hospitality hub will include a variety of uses that support the business of sport and game day entertainment such as a 4/5 Star Hotel, boutique brewery, licensed community club and a marketplace featuring cafés and restaurants.
Mr Sharpless said a range of potential operators, investment and development partners had expressed interest in working with SCG to develop the precinct, which will be near Springfield Central Rail Station and the Orion Shopping Centre.
“Despite the global impact on the hospitality industry caused by COVID-19, there has been an exceptionally strong level of interest – and confidence – in this exciting development because of its great location, and the phenomenal growth being experienced in Springfield City,” he said.
SCG are the master-planners and developers of Springfield City, which has over the past 29 years attracted investment of around $18 billion. Its population of 46,000 is expected to triple over the next two decades, making it one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.
Applicants are being short-listed, with the successful partner expected to be identified later this year. Construction of the precinct is due to begin once design and planning approval is finalised in 2022.
Here is a link to the video and artist impressions for the Entertainment Precinct.
ENDS Media Contact for Springfield City Group Neil Doorley 0412 393 909