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We have master plans for a revolution in Canberra’s Stadiums Stadia

By johnboy - 28 May 2009 43

[First filed: May 26, 2009 @ 21:09]

Online at the moment there’s just a light page from Canberra Stadium and a similar one from Manuka Oval.

But what I can gather is that today the Stanhope Government jumped the shark, as all Government’s do, and turned its thoughts to colosseums.

As far as I can tell the plan is to scrap most of the stands at Manuka and convert the oval to community use with some seating.

The existing Canberra Stadium would be converted into an oval for cricket and AFL.

And then they’d build out at Bruce a new 40,000+ rectangular stadium planned to host major games feeding out of the Sydney market.

They’re still calling for comment on this radical vision but feel free to express your views below.

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43 Responses to
We have master plans for a revolution in Canberra’s Stadiums Stadia
Thumper 8:20 am 27 May 09

What an absolutely stupid idea. Fair enough, do whatever to Canberra stadium but leave Manuka alone.

astrojax 8:09 am 27 May 09

at least someone is thinking ahead. we’re going to need an 85,000 seater stadium somewhere for when the canberra a-league team (the griffins) take on al-someone or the pohang steelers in the asian champions league final and the socceroos beat holland in the world cup semi-final. aren’t we?

harley 7:50 am 27 May 09

areaman said :

Of course that big plan would cost $300-$350 Million over 3 years, 1/3 of the cost of the first line in a light rail network.

That was my first thought, too. If it came to a populist vote, I’d got the light rail.

JC 3:49 am 27 May 09

Areaman, I like the plan, only issue is the current Bruce/Canberra stadium was never suitable for AFL cricket (it was an athletics stadium), so the changes would have to make the playing surface even larger than before to make it suitable.

But like I said I like the idea and a new stadium for the rectangular fields would be so much better than trying to do more at the existing stadium.

shauno 1:47 am 27 May 09

Manuka is a classic old cricket ground one of the countries greatest with a great history. What a stupid idea. First grade plays cricket on there every weekend and you cant tell me they would let them play on the Canberra stadium every weekend. And the place can still be used for community activities anyway as is.

Reprobate 10:54 pm 26 May 09

Don’t bother with the new stadia Jon, just give us free tickets and free return buses to Sydney or Melboring for major sporting events. Or set up a motorsport park like the AMP was flogging at the last election. Sorted.

areaman 10:52 pm 26 May 09

Nambucco Deliria said :

Why turn Bruce into an oval when the only sports played there are League, Union and Football? The Force are moving from Subiaco because no one wants to watch rugby from a distance of half a mile, so surely common sense will prevail, won’t it?

Because they’d move all the rectangular sports next door to the new stadium and the oval sports from Manuka.

Kramer 10:52 pm 26 May 09

…use saved money to subsidise ticket prices and beer.

areaman 10:51 pm 26 May 09

bd84 said :

mred said :

This sounds like it’s been thought up by someone trying to get more support for the arts.

How many million to build a new stadium with an extra 5000 seat capacity? Waste of time!

Playing AFL / Cricket in a square stadium? They will never get the current Bruce stadium big enough to host high level games.

Idiots.

I think their point was to redevelop the current stadium to oval shape so it could host AFL & Cricket.

Basically they’re right in that they will eventually need to move AFL and cricket from Manuka, because it’s too small and cannot be redeveloped substantially, plus there is absolutely no parking available there.

As for a new stadium that can hold 40,000 that’s rediculous. The raiders currently struggle to get 10,000 and the brumbies only get 5,000 more. As league continues it’s slow and painful death, it’s unlikely they will need much more than a park. If they really want a larger stadium they should redevelop the current stadium back to a proper oval shape and do something really cool like have extendable seating closer to a rectangle for the 5,000 raiders fans.

Did anyone actually read the papers. The preferred option (4 for bruce, 3 for the oval) is to build a new square stadium with a capacity of 26,500 and expandable to 40,000 temporarily for big events. The main point of the new stadium wouldn’t be for greater capacity but for a better experience for for the fans and teams.

The current stadium would then be turned back into the pre 1997 configuration (except this time with a car park under the playing surface) allowing cricket and AFL with better facilities and TV quality lighting (which would never be possible at manuka).

Manuka oval would then be converted back into a suburban oval.

All proposals all also include a new bus station with dedicated on and off ramps from the GDE.

Of course that big plan would cost $300-$350 Million over 3 years, 1/3 of the cost of the first line in a light rail network. Still it’s a pretty clever use of space and existing buildings.

Kramer 10:51 pm 26 May 09

Silly, silly idea. Add more seats at Bruce for the rugby. Leave Manuka as is – will be many years before cricket or afl fill that venue.

Nambucco Deliria 10:49 pm 26 May 09

Why turn Bruce into an oval when the only sports played there are League, Union and Football? The Force are moving from Subiaco because no one wants to watch rugby from a distance of half a mile, so surely common sense will prevail, won’t it?

bd84 10:06 pm 26 May 09

mred said :

This sounds like it’s been thought up by someone trying to get more support for the arts.

How many million to build a new stadium with an extra 5000 seat capacity? Waste of time!

Playing AFL / Cricket in a square stadium? They will never get the current Bruce stadium big enough to host high level games.

Idiots.

I think their point was to redevelop the current stadium to oval shape so it could host AFL & Cricket.

Basically they’re right in that they will eventually need to move AFL and cricket from Manuka, because it’s too small and cannot be redeveloped substantially, plus there is absolutely no parking available there.

As for a new stadium that can hold 40,000 that’s rediculous. The raiders currently struggle to get 10,000 and the brumbies only get 5,000 more. As league continues it’s slow and painful death, it’s unlikely they will need much more than a park. If they really want a larger stadium they should redevelop the current stadium back to a proper oval shape and do something really cool like have extendable seating closer to a rectangle for the 5,000 raiders fans.

mred 9:49 pm 26 May 09

This sounds like it’s been thought up by someone trying to get more support for the arts.

How many million to build a new stadium with an extra 5000 seat capacity? Waste of time!

Playing AFL / Cricket in a square stadium? They will never get the current Bruce stadium big enough to host high level games.

Idiots.

Deckard 9:33 pm 26 May 09

I don’t think that the existing stadium at Bruce is good enough for a rectangular stadium. The stands are too shallow and if you’re behind someone tall you’ll be staring at the back of their head for the entire game. You do get plenty of leg room, but you still feel far away from the action compared to somewhere like the Sydney Football Stadium – where you feel right on top of it.

That said, it will cost a lot of money. I guess it depends whether Australia wins the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Then the fed’s will step in with some of the money.

MrPC 9:16 pm 26 May 09

Everything I’ve seen and heard about this plan is that it’s f***ed in the head. Canberra Stadium has decades of life left in it with a facelift here and there. As for AFL and Cricket, stuff em, let em play in a slum.

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