CQ NRL Bid Update
from the C.E.O.
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.