A major milestone has been reached at North Queensland Stadium with the first section of roofing installed, while the first ticket to the opening event has been sold.
It’s all happening at the new Townsville Stadium, with the venue also having officially begun the search for an inaugural naming-rights sponsor.
With the majority of the grandstand now in place, the first of the venue’s 36 unique roof trusses was carefully lifted into place recently. When complete, the roof, with its design inspired by the pandanus plant, will ensure the stadium becomes recognisable around the world.
The Queensland Premier said the complex design of the stadium’s roof had not been attempted before on such a scale.
“The horseshoe-shaped roof will cover about 75 per cent of the stadium’s 25,000 seats, all of which offer a fantastic experience for fans,” she said.
“Construction is on budget and on track for the stadium to open in time for the 2020 NRL season opener, which is a credit to the contractor and to the local workforce.”
Sir Elton John will officially open the new stadium when his touring concert hits Townsville on February 29, 2020. Tickets are on sale through the venue’s official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, with the historic first ever ticket sold on June 25.
It was also recently announced that a new $7.4 million pedestrian bridge will be built at Reid Park, adjacent to North Queensland Stadium.
The new Reid Park Active Transport Bridge will be located 450m to the south of the new stadium and will provide pedestrian access over the railway line from Reid Park where there is car parking for 1,100 cars.
Meanwhile, local Townsville Company Mendi has been awarded the pitch works contract and will work directly with local turf farm and sporting surface specialists HG Sports Turf to install and manage the playing surface at the new stadium.