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The Queensland Government engaged Watpac as managing contractor for the North Queensland Stadium project.

Watpac started preparatory works on site in July 2017 and early works in August 2017 following the official sod turn.

In May 2018, Watpac started the main superstructure build which is now progressing.

Activities on site currently include:

  • forming and pouring in-situ concrete columns
  • installing vertical pre-cast panels for stairs and lifts
  • erecting structural steel for the lower seating bowl and concourse level
  • placing formwork and pouring concrete slabs for ground level and the level one main concourse.

Construction of the western stand that will accommodate the player, corporate and media facilities is the most advanced, with the other stands also progressing well.

Pre-cast concrete and steel elements are being manufactured and stockpiled off site. As the construction program moves forward these elements are being moved to the site and installed.

Current construction notices

Key project statistics

These key statistics demonstrate the project’s commitment to local industry participation (as at 5 October 2018)

Item​ Status

Number of site inductions completed


Proportion of people inducted that live in North Queensland region


Total construction work hours (since site works commenced on 13 July 2017)

227,747 hours

Construction hours by local subcontractors (Target: at least 80 per cent of hours spent building the stadium to be by locals)


Construction workforce who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Target: 6.6 per cent of construction workforce)


Total training hours completed (overall)​

56,360 hours

Training hours by locals

55,526 hours

Training hours by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

38,499 hours

Construction progress

North Queensland Stadium progress as at 29 September 2018. Overall project 22%. Western stand 22%. Southern stand 18%. Eastern stand 15%. Northern seating terrace 6%. Field of play 10%. Surrounding promenades and landscaping 12%
North Queensland Stadium progress as at 29 September 2018
A Watpac employee stands on site holding a remote-controlled drone 
A drone is regularly used to capture aerial footage of the stadium​​

View our gallery of clips that shows what Stu sees when he flies the Watpac drone over the site.​

Last updated 07 November 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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