The Brisbane Lions have secured the final $15 million in funding for their new home base at Springfield.
The $70 million project Brisbane is calling 'The Reserve' is located 26km south-west of the CBD and includes a boutique 10,000-seat stadium to host AFLW and NEAFL home games as well as AFL pre-season and QAFL games. The Lions will mostly train at the new venue but continue to play AFL matches at the Gabba with the club close to finalising a new 20-year agreement with the stadium.
The Federal Government committed to the funding on Wednesday and the facility is expected to be completed in 2021.
Renders of the ground show an oval with several rows of seating around the perimeter, administration building which includes grandstand seating for 1,000 and balconies surrounding half the ground, grass hill at the other end, four light towers and a scoreboard. It’ll also include technical infrastructure to broadcast major events.
The Lions and AFL have contributed $10m and as well as the Federal Government’s $15m, the remaining funding has come from the Ipswich Council ($12m), Springfield Land Corporation ($18m) and the State Government ($15m).
The Brisbane Lions currently play most AFLW matches at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex which lacks the facilities required.