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Walter Burley Griffin Stadium?

workexpboy 1 December 2011 46

The Canberra Times has a story about a possible new football stadium on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.

Andrew Barr has said that the government is considering building a convention centre and football stadium, in close proximity to each other, on the lakefront.

I think it would be a great idea to have a stadium on the lakeside, it could become an icon of Canberra, like the MCG is for Melbourne. Although having said that, I would miss the walk through the ridge to Canberra Stadium every Sunday afternoon to watch the Raiders play.


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keepitup keepitup 2:34 pm 05 Dec 11

funkylovebunny said :

Best location would be to revamp Rugby League Park aka Northbourne Oval in Braddon. Right next to the city, it would give the city so much life on game days. The nearby pubs and restaurants would be packed out before and after matches, and colour in the streets. The bus interchange is also in the city so people can get to the ground easily from any suburb in Canberra. Please oh please don’t put another stadium in the middle of nowhere, ala Bruce! Capacity should be no more than 20,000. A boutique stadium, not an empty cavern. Look to Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide and how much atmosphere is created there when it is full.

The whinging, Greenie, inner-North residents will make sure that sensible option never gets up. It’s been tried before.

blowers blowers 1:51 pm 05 Dec 11

I know!! Lets build the first every floating Stadium!! It could sit in the water in front of the NMA or alongside the Black Mountain Peninsula! World First technology.

Disclaimer… I have never heard of anyone else doing this. Not even the Arabs.

Chop71 Chop71 11:37 am 05 Dec 11

What’s wrong with building the new Bruce stadium. Plenty of land in a great spot right next to the GDE. Just build a stadium with a roof and everyone would love it in winter.

I’m a sporting nut and think that the Bruce area (along witht he AIS) could easily become the mini – MCG of Canberra (given our population).

Don’t understand why we would need to reinvent the wheel with something near the lake.

Deref Deref 1:22 pm 02 Dec 11

H1NG0 said :

These idiots just showed us why Canberra will never get taken seriosuly as a City.

People who won’t take Canberra seriosuly because it only has one stadium?

You don’t happen to have a “Belco” tattoo do you?

Shirley the Summernads should be more than enough to make them take us seriosuly.

Morgan Morgan 11:02 am 02 Dec 11

dpm said :

gooterz said :

pete09 said :

You wouldn’t happen to own an excavation company, construction company or have shares in QIC would you?? 😉

Hey um, you know Canberra Centre is owned by the Queensland Government through its Superannuation investment company.

johnboy johnboy 10:33 am 02 Dec 11

woppadingo said :

“Walter Burley Griffin Stadium” – a Capital idea!
Although I doubt the lads with the “Belco” tattoos would know who that is.

They might learn.

woppadingo woppadingo 10:30 am 02 Dec 11

“Walter Burley Griffin Stadium” – a Capital idea!
Although I doubt the lads with the “Belco” tattoos would know who that is.

gooterz gooterz 10:34 pm 01 Dec 11

Bramina said :

I broke Google Earth out to have a look at the size of sites:

Bruce Stadium: 195 x 225m (not including the outside walkway)
Manuka Oval: 190 x 220m (not including outside walkway)

Civic Pool 190 x 240m
Northborne Oval Braddon 200 x 220m
ANU North Oval 220 x 250m
Dickson (cnr Nortbourne and Mouat) 200 x 220m

Space around tuggeranong..

Limitless

Bramina Bramina 9:58 pm 01 Dec 11

I broke Google Earth out to have a look at the size of sites:

Bruce Stadium: 195 x 225m (not including the outside walkway)
Manuka Oval: 190 x 220m (not including outside walkway)

Civic Pool 190 x 240m
Northborne Oval Braddon 200 x 220m
ANU North Oval 220 x 250m
Dickson (cnr Nortbourne and Mouat) 200 x 220m

dpm dpm 9:30 pm 01 Dec 11

gooterz said :

pete09 said :

Hang on, people really think Bruce is in the middle of no where?

It is!

should be built in the city near the CBD.. and built with adjoining CARPARK!

Double use multistory CARPARK
They should dig it out .. rather than build it up.

You wouldn’t happen to own an excavation company, construction company or have shares in QIC would you?? 😉

Hosinator Hosinator 9:07 pm 01 Dec 11

A stadium by the lake would be an eyesore. Please fix the potholes, public transport, children’s playgrounds, schools and everything else before you spend $200 million on a white elephant.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:23 pm 01 Dec 11

The best place to build a stadium would be on the ovals near the indoor hockey centre. Think about it, it is within a mile of Gininderra drive for Belconnenites, the GDE for Gungahlinites and Southerners, the Federal Highway for Flemington Drive and Northbourne Ave for the inner South. For pre match drinks there’s the Old Canberra inn, Suburban or the Irish pub in Dickson and there are myriads of restaurants in Dickson or, for those who eat plastic, Maccas and KFC.

miz miz 8:21 pm 01 Dec 11

Woden is central – it is irritating that southsiders always have to travel a long way to Bruce Hawker, Lyneham, UC. Or, if they really want a lake, there is plenty of land around Lake Tuggeranong.

gooterz gooterz 6:47 pm 01 Dec 11

pete09 said :

Hang on, people really think Bruce is in the middle of no where?

It is!

should be built in the city near the CBD.. and built with adjoining CARPARK!

Double use multistory CARPARK
They should dig it out .. rather than build it up.

pete09 pete09 5:21 pm 01 Dec 11

Hang on, people really think Bruce is in the middle of no where?

p1 p1 5:08 pm 01 Dec 11

Bails said :

As it stands, we have a sub-par facility (terrible for viewing, awful access to/from the ground)…

Have to disagree with the access part. Unless you are talking public transport, which is really a case of organising buses, not building stadia. Bruce is surrounded by pretty good (some even two lanes each way…) roads, and the site has heaps of parking?

Nifty Nifty 4:20 pm 01 Dec 11

If we had a big, new stadium the Moonies could use it to stage mass weddings, or could the fact that they don’t believe in gay weddings be a problem?

Perhaps if we called it the Westfield Stadium, shopping centre tycoon Frank Lowy might chip in a few bob. Oh, sorry, it was TAXPAYERS who were on the hook for the $45M it cost to bid for the Soccer World Cup, let alone the cost of building and/or upgrading stadiums if we’d been unfortunate enough to “convince” the FIFA Executive of the merits of our case…

KB1971 KB1971 4:17 pm 01 Dec 11

Bails said :

1. “What qualifies you you’ while trying to sound intellectual. Plus your ignorant opinion

2. Everyone likes hospitals. What a ridiculous question, seeking to achieve nothing.

3. Perhaps if Canberra had a world class stadium, it would be in a position to attract a higher calibre of sporting fixture. As it stands, we have a sub-par facility (terrible for viewing, awful access to/from the ground) that doesn’t seat enough people to accommodate anything other than second tier sports. If Canberra built a world class, high capacity modern stadium, perhaps with a retractable roof to negate Canberra winters, then we might attract elite level sport, which will generate tourism, and revitalise the depressing Canberra CBD. This might even generate enough income and focus to land the Raiders and Brumbies some decent sponsors, allow them to compete for players, and generate enough revenue to build more of your precious hospitals.

Inferiority complex much? Yep I made a typo (insert rolling eyes emoticon here). I am also allowed to have an opinion, it isnt particularly “ignorant”. My questions were intended to extract some sense of the post that was really unconstrcutive to the argument.

I am well aware that a larger stadium “may” attract more tourist dollars into Canberra but really what are the priorities here? Football or health/schools? Public transport?

What if it doesnt? SFS still cant fill all the seats in a grand final. The whole Homebush complex has been redesigned so it doesnt become a white elephant & it is only 10 years old.

Light rail would be a better proposition than a new stadium, ACTION is aparrently crap so why not channel the money that way?

By your logic your argument is “ignorant” as it doesnt really take in the consideration of the needs of the city.

watto23 watto23 4:04 pm 01 Dec 11

dungfungus said :

NO! We don’t need another stadium or a convention centre underwritten by the ACT Ratepayers. What is wrong with Barr – all he wants to do is spend, spend, spend. These pipedreams cannot be justified in a city the size of Canberra. The Arboretum is turning into a bottomless pit and TransACT just cost us $50 million or more. Barr’s government lost millions through Rhodium Asset Solutions and Barr just gave $500K to the NGA to promote (yawn) another “blockbuster”.
Please Mr. Barr, if there is a quid to be made in building another convention centre and another football stadium then a private investor would have been onto it already. Stick to politics, same sex marriage and surrender the credit card – WE CAN”T AFFORD YOU ANYMORE.

Actually the plan is for a new stadium in the 2020’s because the existing one will be pushing 50 by then. So yes we do need a new stadium in the future. Just like we need everything else. Its called balance. I want new health faciulities and new schools etc, but I also don’t want to live somewhere without decent sporting facilities, arts facilities etc etc. Why do people move to other cities? Without these things, people won’t want to live in Canberra.

basketofcat basketofcat 3:40 pm 01 Dec 11

Phillip Oval is more centrally placed.

http://the-riotact.com/ovals-open/24957

Plenty of empty, flat, vacant, redevelopable carparks next to it, too.

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