CQ NRL Bid Up­date

from the C.E.O.

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - From the desk of the CEO De­nis Keeffe Please sup­port your own CQ NRL Club by go­ing on line at www.cqnrl.com.au and be­come a Bid or Cor­po­rate Mem­ber

Won­der­ful Ex­pe­ri­ences

Last week, a col­league and I went on a sta­di­ums re­search trip. It was a whirl­wind tour that took us to Gee­long in Vic­to­ria and to the Gold Coast. We at­tended two AFL games and one NRL game in well de­signed and “people friendly” sta­di­ums. Si­monds Sta­dium is in Gee­long and is home to the Gee­long Cats in the AFL. It has a ca­pac­ity of al­most 50,000 and we wit­nessed a Cats ver­sus North Mel­bourne AFL game to a SOLD OUT au­di­ence. The whole day was taken up with a thor­ough sta­dium tour and in dis­cus­sions with the Gee­long Cats AFL Club. This club op­er­ate the sta­dium and do a re­mark­able job at en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity of Gee­long and util­is­ing Si­monds on game night to present their prod­uct in the most pro­fes­sional, friendly and wel­com­ing man­ner. The pub­lic sec­tions are in­ten­tion­ally linked to the her­itage of the Gee­long Club that stretches back to 1859 and in­cor­po­rates most el­e­ments of the rel­a­tively small re­gional city of Gee­long which is also steeped in his­tory. Tick­et­ing prices are rea­son­able as are food and drink prices and pub­lic ac­ces­si­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent de­spite very lit­tle pub­lic car park­ing on site. Pub­lic trans­port is the way in and out. The Cor­po­rate ar­eas are very mod­ern and do en­cour­age that cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity net­work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that nor­mally ac­com­pa­nies most na­tional sport­ing events. We were very im­pressed. The Gold Coast Ti­tans call C Bus Su­per Sta­dium “home” and we wit­nessed the Ti­tans ver­sus the New Zealand War­riors game on Satur­day night. A won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence with happy, po­lite and ef­fi­cient ser­vice on dis­play every­where in the mod­ern and quite glam­orous sta­dium. Again prices and ac­ces­si­bil­ity were very good and again very lit­tle on-site car park­ing pro­vided. The mes­sage was sink­ing in – leave your car at HOME. C Bus Su­per Sta­dium is lo­cated at Robina and most vis­i­tors use the ex­ten­sive bus ser­vice or train sys­tem to at­tend events there. The pedes­trian traf­fic was very or­derly and ef­fi­cient even though al­most 19,000 people at­tended. Sun­day af­ter­noon saw us at Met­ri­con Sta­dium, the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team. This is a very dif­fer­ent sta­dium and we are in­cor­po­rat­ing many of the ex­cel­lent “out­door” and “en­ter­tain­ment” fea­tures in the CQ sta­dium. Met­ri­con is unique be­cause of the very wel­com­ing and us­able precinct that sur­rounds the main arena. The gar­dens, fam­ily ar­eas, out­door mem­ber’s bars, mas­sive chil­dren’s play area, large out­door re­play screens, huge va­ri­ety of food con­ces­sions, buskers, mo­bile en­ter­tain­ers, per­for­mance stages and many more of the “out­doors fea­tures” of this precinct are worth repli­cat­ing in the CQ Sta­dium. It will per­fectly suit our won­der­ful cli­mate and gen­eral re­laxed and happy life­style. An­other mem­o­rable as­pect of the weekend were the com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether to be en­ter­tained in qual­ity, world class fa­cil­i­ties. They were happy and ob­vi­ously en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. The fam­i­lies, most with chil­dren, at­tended in large num­bers in safe and happy sur­rounds. Many chil­dren were a part of the game en­ter­tain­ment on the ac­tual fields which was great to see. These for­tu­nate com­mu­ni­ties are bet­ter places for hav­ing these sta­di­ums to use and en­joy. The people are proud of their teams and of their unique com­mu­ni­ties. CQ’s turn will come.

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