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Why we’re building a new stadium

This centrally located, best-practice regional stadium is being built in Townsville. The 25,000-seat, multi-purpose stadium is on track to be ready to host the Sir Elton John concert and the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season.


The project vision is to develop a new multi-purpose stadium that:

  • attracts visitors and investment

  • celebrates Townsville's tropical climate

  • values the water-edge environment

  • delivers high-quality public spaces

  • supports urban regeneration.


The project objectives are to:

  • deliver a new best-practice, multi-purpose, regional stadium in Townsville by the start of the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season

  • maximise employment and business opportunities for the people of Townsville and the North Queensland region.

Benefits of the North Queensland Stadium

We anticipate the project will deliver the following benefits to Townsville and the North Queensland region.

Expand North Queensland infrastructure

It will provide a nationally recognised stadium with a uniquely 'North Queensland' identity that draws on world-class design and architecture.

Support jobs and create flow-on economic benefits

It will:

  • support supply-chain investment and regional employment during design and construction

  • create more opportunities when it starts to operate

  • attract broader investment and economic development to Townsville in the long term, supporting further job growth.

Foster urban regeneration and improve liveability

The stadium will:

  • transform and activate surrounding places and spaces by drawing people to Townsville's city heart

  • promote active experiences and social interaction, including a broad range of sporting, community and cultural activities.

Raise the profile of the North Queensland region

It will attract investment, supported by the region’s:

  • sporting excellence

  • events capability

  • distinct tourism offerings for domestic and international visitors

  • strong and diverse local economies.

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