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The design of the North Queensland Stadium is in its final stages. Over the coming months, final elements of the design will be agreed as the finishes of the interior fit-out are completed.

Artist’s impression of the southern approach to the North Queensland Stadium
Artist’s impression of stadium exterior​

View a stadium design sketch (PDF, 516KB)​ showing main stadium structure, upper stadium bowl and roof with key features such as scoreboard and merchandise stands.

Seating capacity

The North Queensland Stadium has a 25,000-seat capacity–that is 7000 more actual seats than the current 1300SMILES Stadium. In the future the stadium design allows  the option to expand to 30,000 seats. The new stadium will also accommodate up to 40,000 patrons in concert mode.

Designed for North Queensland

The new stadium will feature a horseshoe-shaped, cantilever roof inspired by the pandanus plant. While providing an elegant expression of the building, the roof will shade about 75 per cent of the seating, with generous overhangs over the concourse and main entry.

In place of traditional trusses, folded plates achieve the roof’s ‘pandanus’ geometry. The folded plates provide the strength to resist cyclonic wind loads and the flexibility to allow the roof to expand and contract with tropical temperature fluctuation.

Orientated towards the north the North Queensland Stadium’s horseshoe-shaped design will capture prevailing breezes while allowing panoramic views to the city, Castle Hill and Magnetic Island.


The stadium will feature generous plazas and landscaped green spaces. The grassed northern parkland and plaza will form part of the northern entry and provide a space for friends and family to meet before entering the stadium. The southern plaza and entry will be located adjacent to a bus hub.

The stadium’s design includes:

  • 29 permanent general admission food and beverage outlets with options to bump in more for special events
  • standing terraces with views to the field of play
  • 88 external corporate boxes
  • 17 corporate suites, some of which can be combined to accommodate larger groups
  • a Premium Club and three corporate experience bars and club lounges
  • two major function rooms that can cater for up to 200 people when combined.
  • four player change rooms with dedicated wet areas, spa bath, warm up area, medical room and massage room, along with flexible spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes including green rooms, event management and dressing rooms
  • a sweeping nine-metre-wide concourse where patrons can walk the full 600-metre circumference of the stadium and enjoy views to the field of play
    • available form the southern, eastern and northern grandstands
  • sports lighting incorporated into the stand roofing, eliminating the need for light towers.

Water and energy efficiency

Water and energy efficiency has been a key consideration in stadium design decisions. For example, 500,000 litres of storage for rainwater harvesting and potable water-use minimisation has also been incorporated into the stadium’s design. Provisions to connect to the recycled water network are being progressed by Townsville City Council and will assist with the irrigation of the football pitch and external landscaping.​​​​​​​

Last updated 30 January 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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