The first stage of construction for the Brisbane Lions new training and administration facility, The Reserve Community Arena at Springfield, is nearly complete. Preparatory earthworks will be finalised over the holiday break with building construction planned to commence in March, alongside the Lions’ fundraising campaign to raise the final funds for the facility.
Lions CEO Greg Swann marked the occasion by conducting a turning of the sod ceremony recently at the site. He was joined by Lions Chairman Andrew Wellington, Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock, Senior Coach Chris Fagan, Coach Craig Starcevich, men’s and women’s players, Lions staff as well as key advocates of the project.
The Lions new home will include a boutique arena to accommodate 10,000 passionate supporters and will become the home ground for the AFLW team. Equal facilities will be provided for both the men’s and women’s teams including a state-of-the-art indoor training field (50m by 35m), recovery pools and a large gymnasium LARGE enough to fit all athletes.
The Reserve Community Arena at Springfield will be accessible to the local community and the Club’s partner Multicultural Australia will be located at the facility.
Swann said it was a proud day for the Club and important to celebrate the milestone.
“We have been working towards this project since 2011,” Swann said.
“This arena will be a game-changer for our Club, with equal facilities for both our men’s and women’s teams.
“Our AFLW side will finally have a place to call home, after playing at numerous venues since their competition’s introduction in 2016. The facility will provide a stable base for our men’s team, who train at a number of venues during the summer.
“We see Springfield as an exciting growth corridor and the space available there will allow us to continue to expand.”
Deputy Chairman of Springfield City Group said this is an exciting phase for the Greater Springfield project.
“We are extremely excited to see construction is underway on this amazing new facility,” Mr Sharpless said.
“The value it will bring to our community is priceless 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 be hosting the first-ever, dedicated stadium to a women’s sports team, namely the Brisbane Lions AFLW.
“We are a sporting city and this facility further cements our commitment to creating a healthy, thriving place to live, work and play.”
For more information on the project, please visit https://www.lions.com.au/thereserve/