Sta­dium a mecca top to bot­tom

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE’S new CBD sta­dium could of­fer ad­ven­ture tourism ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing roof walks to al­low the fa­cil­ity to be used 365 days a year.

The idea from Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan is among a range of op­tions touted to ce­ment the sta­dium as a tourism des­ti­na­tion.

Plan­ning is still on track for the first sod to be turned in Septem­ber, with five trade pack­ages al­ready awarded.

The sta­dium will have WiFi, with the de­sign scope and ex­tent of IT ser­vices be­ing de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with Sta­di­ums Queens­land.

The project’s food and bev­er­age con­sul­tant is also de­vel­op­ing a strat­egy in­clud­ing vend­ing op­tions in con­sul­ta­tion with Sta­di­ums Queens­land, who will be re­spon­si­ble for the ca­ter­ing ten­der process.

It will also house a num­ber of cor­po­rate fa­cil­i­ties.

Ms O’Cal­laghan said plenty of re­search had been go­ing into what would make the sta­dium fit for many pur­poses. “Con­nec­tiv­ity, food and bev­er­age is re­ally im­por­tant among the range of ( op­tions),” she said. “It has to be de­signed for it to be home not just to sports but con­certs and fes­ti­vals.”

Ms O’Cal­laghan said it was an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to be cre­ative.

“Sta­dium walks around the top – we want to see it used 365 days a year,” she said. “We shouldn’t miss the op­por­tu­nity for ad­ven­ture- type ac­tiv­i­ties.”

While 300 carparks will be cre­ated on site, an ad­di­tional 630 carparks in the Dean St carpark next to the sta­dium will be avail­able for events.

Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart said it was im­por­tant it was a mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity.

“If that means roof walks then that’s great,” he said.

“Even po­lice have looked at pos­si­bly … set­ting up a Po­lice Beat. “Peo­ple are be­ing very cre­ative around how they are think­ing about this sta­dium be­ing not just a sta­dium.”

Mr Ste­wart said he had spo­ken to sev­eral min­is­ters about cre­at­ing a statue of Cow­boys leg­end Johnathan Thurston.

He said the sta­dium could po­ten­tially be home to a North Queens­land sports mu­seum.

“It doesn’t have to hap­pen im­me­di­ately but I think it’s those sorts of seeds we can plant now,” he said.

Sta­di­ums Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Har­ris said his team was aim­ing to make the sta­dium suit as many pur­poses as pos­si­ble.

“We’re fo­cused on get­ting a very high qual­ity de­signed fa­cil­ity within the bud­get that’s be­ing pro­vided,” he said.

“There’s been a huge amount of work be­ing done in the back­ground.”

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