Construction commences on Lions AFLW stadium
Work has commenced on the new $70 million training and administration facility for the Brisbane Lions, including the 10,000-capacity Brighton Homes Arena.
Located in Springfield, west of Brisbane, the new facility will be the first in Australia to provide elite training for professional men’s and women’s AFL teams. Also revealed at Monday’s official sod turning ceremony was the announcement of Brighton Homes as the commercial naming-rights partner of the new venue.
To be completed in September 2022, the 10,000-seat boutique stadium will be home of the Brisbane Lions AFLW team who are the current reigning premiers of the competition, the Lions Reserves playing in the second-tier competition, and pre-season AFL matches.
Brighton Homes Arena will offer modern amenities for up to 10,000 spectators, with a grandstand seating 600 fans and permanent shade, toilets and disabled seating. Lights will also allow for broadcast night matches. The public will enjoy access to a range of recreational facilities which will form part of the open community hub all-year round.
Designed by Populous and built by Hutchinson, the complex also includes an elite indoor training facility, gymnasium, pool, childcare centre and an events lawn.
The project has been made possible thanks to a $20 million contribution from Ipswich City Council, $18 million from the Queensland Government and $15 million from the Australian Government as well as matching investment from the Lions and the AFL.
AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan said, “The partnership and funding from the AFL demonstrates our commitment to growing the game across Queensland, and in particular in one of the fastest growing areas in the South East corner of the state.”
“The facility at Springfield is the first purpose-designed football precinct for women nationally and sets a new benchmark for AFL training and support facilities.”
Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said, “The Palaszczuk Government is investing $18 million in the Lions’ Brighton Homes Arena because we know this complex will inspire the next generation of young girls to chase their sporting goals.”
“The Palaszczuk Government and the AFL have partnered on an $8 million, three-year Grand Final Infrastructure Legacy Fund to upgrade playing ovals and female friendly change-rooms across the State.
“We hope the Grand Final legacy will deliver a new generation of elite female AFLW players to train and play here under lights at Springfield Central.”
Meanwhile, the AFL recently announced the AFL Women’s season will be expanded and shifted to boost its profile. The competition will expand from 14 to 18 teams by 2023, while the sixth season of the AFLW will start in December and finish before the start of the AFL season in March.