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Project updates and timeline

The stadium is on track to be ready to host the Sir Elton John concert (29 February 2020) and the 2020 National Rugby League Premiership Season.

The managing contractor for the North Queensland Stadium project – Watpac - started the main superstructure build in May 2018. Construction is now at its peak with up to 400 workers on site each day. 

Project announcements 

Stadium roof being installed 

The stadium roof is nearing completion. Once complete, the pandanus-inspired roof will provide shade cover to 75% of the seats. 

The roof has been specifically designed for Townsville’s cyclonic conditions. The peaked sections of the roof are formed by 36 steel trusses that each have a unique geometry. A durable fabric, which is weather-, fire- and UV-resistant, is fitted over the trusses. Flat metal infills sections are installed between each truss. 

North Queensland Stadium construction as at 25 October 2019
North Queensland Stadium construction as at 25 October 2019

EOIs for Johnathan Thurston statue closed 

A bronze statue immortalising NRL legend Johnathan Thurston will stand in the northern plaza of the stadium. It will honour his contribution to rugby league and acknowledge the significant role he plays in the North Queensland community. 

A local sculptor, Jane Hawkins was announced as the winning artist chosen to sculpt the JT Statue. She will be working with a foundry in Brisbane to produce the final bronze statue to be installed in the northern entry plaza in February 2020. 

Artwork ‘Warmth’ is coming 

Artwork 'Warmth' will take pride of place at the stadium, on permanent display in the southern entry plaza. 

The durable outdoor sculpture will feature a 2-metre high piece of curved steel. The names of selected North Queensland places and traditional owner groups will be laser-cut to form a winding river design along the artwork. This fictitious river connects all North Queensland as people have always settled or gathered around water. 

With its vibrant colour and circular wrap form, the sculpture aims to portray the embrace and continual warmth shown when the North Queensland people came together to help each other after the devastation of the early-2019 monsoonal event in Townsville. 

Townsville’s own Alison McDonald has been commissioned to deliver the artwork in time for the stadium’s opening in February 2020. 

K​ey project statistics

These key statistics demonstrate the project’s commitment to local industry participation (as at 4 October 2019)



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)

948,672 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)

204,193 hours

Training hours by locals

187,032 hours

Training hours by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

115,227 hours

Current number of apprentices on project (on site and off site)


Current number of apprentices who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Current number of trainees on project (on site and off site)


Current number of trainees who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Total apprentices that have worked on the project since it commenced


Total trainees that have worked on the project since it commenced 


View our gallery of drone clips that give an aerial view of stadium pogress​.


Last updated 13 November 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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