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Walter Burley Griffin Stadium?

By 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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Walter Burley Griffin Stadium?
funkylovebunny 1:47 pm 01 Dec 11

Alas, I think the days of renovating suburban grounds or even plonking new grounds in suburban locations are past. They’re more likely to find some land somewhere (even easier in Canberra than in bigger cities) and try to incorporate transport links. Supposedly one of the original plans when Bruce Stadium was first being discussed was to re-develop Northbourne Oval; but it being the late 1970s and suburbia the future, it was decided to build the stadium in the new town centre of Belconnen in 1977. It would be like plonking a new stadium today in Gungahlin. One wonders what life would’ve been like now if they’d decided to re-develop Northbourne Oval in the 1970s, what the feel of Civic and Braddon would be today. The suburban grounds that exist in cities are great, they have a certain atmosphere that I think Canberra would really benefit from, but they are a remnant from the past.

West Basin is actually not so bad when you consider the alternatives…. people would still bus into the city, then just walk through it to get to West Basin. And they’re doing plenty down that way with apartments, NewActon, etc. It would look nice with LBG and APH in the background too, if they were to pan out on TV. But it could actually ruin a bit of the natural vibe of LBG and would stick out on the flat lake foreshore as opposed being ensconced within a suburb that is central to the city.

H1NG0 1:43 pm 01 Dec 11

KB1971 said :

…I would prefer a better hospital.

alaninoz said :

..How about leaving some space where people can do whatever they want…bicycle…

Deref said :

Idiotic. We’ve already got a stadium.

KB1971 said :

That either league nor union can fill on any given da…………

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

p1 1:41 pm 01 Dec 11

Reprobate said :

Futsal slab, anyone?

Yup. Although I never would have thought there was a name for indoor soccer player outside before they built that, so I guess it served one purpose already.

KB1971 1:31 pm 01 Dec 11

Deref said :

KB1971 said :

Mmm & people here are whighing about the AIS being awaste of money………I would prefer a better hospital.

+1

Idiotic. We’ve already got a stadium.

That either league nor union can fill on any given da…………

Deref 12:29 pm 01 Dec 11

KB1971 said :

Mmm & people here are whighing about the AIS being awaste of money………I would prefer a better hospital.

+1

Idiotic. We’ve already got a stadium.

Roadrage77 12:22 pm 01 Dec 11

I can see what’s going to happen here. Andrew “look at me” Barr will build a 50k seat stadium in the hope of attracting the odd World Cup pool match between two minnows. In the meantime, the 10k crowds that show up to Raiders & Brumbies games will get to enjoy a morgue-like atmosphere while watching their team try and win minus the home ground advantage they traditionally enjoyed.

Henry82 12:05 pm 01 Dec 11

Meh, throw it somewhere with plenty of surrounding land. Put in a guarantee that there would be plenty of buses to and from any event occurring at the stadium. I like the idea of running all the way around the lake without having to cut through a stadium.

Reprobate 11:58 am 01 Dec 11

Futsal slab, anyone?

funkylovebunny 11:55 am 01 Dec 11

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.

blowers 11:54 am 01 Dec 11

Fantastic Idea! First good thing Barr has ever come up with. But what is the location?? West Basin, near Arboreatum? This is a dream come true for any sports following punters.

davo101 11:48 am 01 Dec 11

From the article:
”The issue is a long-term licence versus ownership,” Mr Barr said.

”If we were to redevelop on the Canberra Stadium existing site, we would need long-term security of that site and I want the West Basin study to examine this issue.”

Righto; it’s just a negotiation tactic. Give us what we want or we’ll go and build elsewhere and leave you with a stranded asset.

alaninoz 11:42 am 01 Dec 11

LEAVE THE BLOODY LAKE ALONE! How about leaving some space where people can do whatever they want – walk, picnic, bicycle, feed the swans, whatever – rather than filling the lake shore with single purpose crap.

The lake is already a Canberra icon, and a sports stadium built there there will never be like the G.

KB1971 11:33 am 01 Dec 11

Mmm & people here are whighing about the AIS being awaste of money………I would prefer a better hospital.

BenMac 11:27 am 01 Dec 11

I too would love to see this happen (it won’t though).

Great part of watching the State of Origin at Etihad Stadium (or whatever it’s called, the one at the docklands) in Melbourne, was being able to walk 10mins to a pub in city after the game.

P40 Tomahawk 11:15 am 01 Dec 11

Agreed, a stadium would fit really well on the lakefront, bit of a pipe dream though. I can imagine the footage from the helicopter/blimp flying over the lake towards a packed stadium. Of course, a packed Canberra stadium is also a pipe dream.

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