$200,000 to be spent on feasibility study for new stadium

Dominic Giannini 10 February 2020 114
GIO Stadium

A new 25,00 seat stadium will be built in Civic or EPIC, with GIO Stadium (pictured) also undergoing upgrades. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT Government is set to spend $200,000 on a feasibility study to determine the best location to build a new 25,000 seat stadium in Canberra.

The report will weigh up Civic and Exhibition Park as sites for the new stadium, which is projected to cost between $250-500 million.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said investment in the study, set to be included in the ACT’s mid-year budget review this week, will provide the groundwork for the decade-long infrastructure project.

“The city location has been previously identified as a preferred site for a new rectangular stadium,” Mr Barr said.

“However, given the size restrictions of this site, the requirement to realign Parkes Way, as well as the investment in light rail, the government is exploring EPIC as a fallback option.

“The new work will focus on the existing Canberra Olympic Pool site but also consider EPIC to determine suitability for a new rectangular stadium.”

According to the government’s long term infrastructure plan, upgrades to the 35-year-old GIO Stadium over the next five years were also flagged at a cost of less than $50 million.

Raiders supporters on mass at ANZ Stadium. Photo: Tim Gavel.

The sea of green at the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium. Photo: Tim Gavel.

The stadium will take into consideration the future needs of the capital, with Canberra’s population set to exceed 500,000 by the end of the decade.

“The government has outlined an ambitious infrastructure agenda to ensure we can continue to provide world-class services and entertainment for a growing city,” Mr Barr said.

“This infrastructure agenda will create more jobs and ensure Canberra remains one of the world’s most liveable cities.”

Both sites will be considered against a range of key criteria and the report will be completed before the end of June.

“The two identified sites will be assessed on key technical and planning characteristics including urban context, security, site fit, orientation, and traffic and transportation considerations,” Mr Barr said.

“Work will include site analysis and investigation, procuring technical architectural and engineering advice, and engaging a quantity surveyor to assist in determining the estimated costs of constructing a stadium on each site.

“The outcomes of the work will allow the government to make a final decision on whether Civic is a viable option or the fallback options of the existing Bruce precinct or EPIC should be progressed.

“Once this is determined, the next stage of the project will involve detailed design, site analysis and community consultation.”

Both the Raiders and the Brumbies have been very vocal in their support for a new stadium, pointing to the positive impacts new stadiums have had on sporting teams and local businesses in other cities.

Similar stadiums have boosted local economies by around $1 million dollars every time an event is held.

Three sporting events at the new Bankwest Stadium in Paramatta, with a seating capacity of 30,000, recorded an estimated total of $2.92 million for the local government area, according to an October 2019 report.

Over the three events at Bankwest, visitors spent about $1.27 million inside the stadium and $1.65 million in the Parramatta local area, the report found.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer said local sporting events have increased demand for local businesses in Paramatta.

“This report shows people heading to Bankwest Stadium are really making the most of their visit to Parramatta, whether it is enjoying a meal at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants and cafes or booking accommodation at local hotels,” Mr Dwyer said.

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114 Responses to $200,000 to be spent on feasibility study for new stadium
Capital Retro Capital Retro 7:06 pm 22 Feb 20

All the government has to do is await the economic outcome of the new stadium in Townsville. Whatever the result is they will save we ratepayers $200,000.


HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 8:16 pm 14 Feb 20

“The report will weigh up Civic and Exhibition Park as sites for the new stadium, which is projected to cost between $250-500 million.”

“Similar stadiums have boosted local economies by around $1 million dollars every time an event is held.”

So after somewhere between 250 and 500 events have been held, the gross estimated benefit to the local economy might approximate the upfront construction costs to ACT taxpayers – probably makes sense in a world where every dollar spent by a government is labelled as “investment” regardless of outcome or priority.

bj_ACT bj_ACT 7:12 pm 14 Feb 20

A civic stadium can bring people in from public transport in all directions and there are also plenty of car parks available at match time.

How many fans can the Light Rail bring in to EPIC in the one hour before kickoff?

Sher Bee Sher Bee 6:10 pm 14 Feb 20

It can be anywhere with great transport options for the WHOLE of Canberra. I’m amazed at how easy it is to go to the ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park Sydney.

Yuri Shukost Yuri Shukost 10:39 am 14 Feb 20

Just put a rocket up Sport Australia to get them to decide what they're doing with the AIS precinct. Canberrans need a modern, covered stadium.

Susi Saks Susi Saks 9:17 am 13 Feb 20

I can't even imagine why they would even suggest CIVIC.. why why? what is the agenda.. it isn't going to bring shoppers into Civic.. it isn't going to help any businesses in Civic.. people go to a sports event and leave and go home.. they are not there for the businesses... why move it.. if you are on a good thing stick to it.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:07 am 13 Feb 20

    Public transport. I don't go to football matches, so don't care less about a stadium, but if I were going to a match in Civic with bus links, naturally I would catch the bus. As I do when I go to Civic now to shop...or more likely Woden. So much easier than driving and needing to park it and then pay for parking. The bus is the easy option. Even if it were at EPIC I would catch the bus and then change to light rail. (I do own a car and at times drives very long distances, but at home if I can I use public transport.)

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 4:47 pm 14 Feb 20

    Susi Saks your right people don’t go out before and after a game at Bruce stadium but that is because it is on the middle of nowhere.

    Elsewhere where there are centrally located stadia people do go out before and after.

    Your answer is more of an argument why it a) should be moved and b) should not be at epic and in the city instead.

    David Miller David Miller 5:50 pm 14 Feb 20

    Tim Elliott agree Tim. Will create a wave of activity in the city before and after each event.

Susanne Gardiner Susanne Gardiner 6:45 am 13 Feb 20

Civic??? What are you tearing down for that and the parking space?

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 6:55 am 13 Feb 20

    Susanne Gardiner you been hiding behind the mountains for the past few years? There is no secret here in the city they want it and it has been discussed many many times on this very site.

    Susanne Gardiner Susanne Gardiner 6:58 am 13 Feb 20

    Ashley Wright .... and they still haven't come up with some space, so again, where is it supposed to go?

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 9:06 am 13 Feb 20

    Susanne Gardiner they have identified the space in Civic which is the pool site. The study is to determine if city or near EPIC is the best location.

    Yuri Shukost Yuri Shukost 10:38 am 14 Feb 20

    The cost of realigning Parkes Way is what might see it stay in Bruce or move to Exhibition Park.

    Susanne Gardiner Susanne Gardiner 11:04 am 14 Feb 20

    Affordable sport is not a thing then? Lets sit and watch instead of being active.

chewy14 chewy14 11:48 am 12 Feb 20

You dont need a study to tell you that a new study at EPIC solves very few of the problems of the existing stadium and actually exacerbates most of them.

EPIC is too far away from the population centres and transport links would be poor for the vast majority of the city.

Placing a stadium in the city area or even further South near Woden would fix these issues.

Ideally the stadium would be located near an entertainment precinct with good transport options and restaurants, clubs, pubs etc.

EPIC fails miserably on all counts.

Bobbie Gerstenberg Bobbie Gerstenberg 10:48 am 12 Feb 20

The first question parking ?? , what’s wrong with what we have ?

    Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 12:10 pm 12 Feb 20

    Poor public transport links, poor pedestrian links to and from the ground, no nightlife or options for enterprise surrounding venue, it doesn't have modern infrastructure (no wifi, drink and food delivery to seats impossible, most entertainment opportunities are also impossible), seating can't be moved, decreased or varied, training or warm up facilities only available through hire of AIS, poor spectator experience, the change rooms are dated, hot water doesn't always work, security risks, evacuation times poor, NO ROOF, almost all corporate spaces outdoors, outdated kitchens, worst media facilities of any ground in Australia, precinct limited for sponsor activation.

Angry_of_Devonport Angry_of_Devonport 8:35 am 12 Feb 20

And who’s mate get the study contract?

Liz Lyell Liz Lyell 3:02 am 12 Feb 20

If you really have to build a new stadium, EPIC makes the most sense. Bigger area, more parking room and better accessibility to and from the events. Civic would be bottle necked and a horror story.

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 4:54 pm 14 Feb 20

    Liz Lyell it only makes sense if you have the 1970’s view of the world where the car and carparks are king.

    David Miller David Miller 5:47 pm 14 Feb 20

    Liz Lyell it seems to cope with thousands of people working there everyday.

Roger Mungummary Roger Mungummary 1:45 am 12 Feb 20

How about a plan to house the poor instead?

Colin McIntyre Colin McIntyre 11:28 pm 11 Feb 20

Save the money Civic👍

Robyn Holder Robyn Holder 10:54 pm 11 Feb 20

It's best where it is. Don't destroy civic. We don't need s new stadium.

Adam Ciaccia Adam Ciaccia 10:27 pm 11 Feb 20

💯 Exhibition Park!

Raelene Stanley Raelene Stanley 9:33 pm 11 Feb 20

We don't need a new stadium, better that money spent else where

Steve Winchester Steve Winchester 9:31 pm 11 Feb 20

Geez for $1,000 i can tell you we don't need a new stadium.

Stephan Laub Stephan Laub 9:21 pm 11 Feb 20

Stop doing feasibility studies!!

    Dallas Drew Dallas Drew 9:50 pm 11 Feb 20

    Stephan Laub isn't that how 50% of Canberras population stays employed?

Jill Lee Bee Jill Lee Bee 8:47 pm 11 Feb 20

Something to keep the public servants busy. Good grief

Jeremy Thompson Jeremy Thompson 8:43 pm 11 Feb 20

$200,000 to decide between Civic and Exhibition Park?

Civic has abundance of restaurants, bars, hotel accommodation etc for fans to attend before and after game.

Exhibition park is just like Bruce, nowhere to go before or after the game and within walking distance of nowhere.

Have a look at how it is done in Melbourne!

There you go, job done! Send me a cheque.

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