Dolphin Stadium completed as Redcliffe launch NRL bid
The newly completed northern grandstand at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium has been unveiled, as the club officially launched their bid to join the NRL.
With stage three of the stadium redevelopment coming to an end, the seating bowl is now complete, and the boutique stadium has a capacity of 11,500, including seating for 10,000 spectators.
As well as an additional 3170 seats, the $6.5 million final redevelopment stage also included change facilities under the grandstand suitable for female athletes, a video scoreboard, new amenities for spectators and an upgraded second field.
If the Redcliffe Dolphins are successful in becoming the NRL's 17th team, they plan to split their home games between Dolphin Stadium and Suncorp Stadium, while also playing some games at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
As well as Dolphins home games, QLD Cup Grand Final’s and NRL Trials, Dolphin Stadium has also hosted football with Brisbane Roar playing A-League and W-League home games at the Redcliffe venue, and the latest redevelopment set to attract further events in the future.
There is one final piece of the jigsaw for the stadium, with the Dolphins wanting to install broadcast-quality lighting, similar to those recently installed on the Sunshine Coast.
The club believes it is “NRL-ready” and will be one of the richest in the competition, with a business model that exceeds most current clubs, turning over in excess of $30 million annually.
The Dolphins own the land the stadium sits on and other revenue-generating assets owned by the club that are also located at the 11-hectare site include its Leagues Club with over 40,000 members, a Shopping Centre with Coles as the anchor tenant, Leisure Centre with gym and pool, and leased office space.
In all, the assets are valued in excess of $100 million, and put the dolphins ahead of rival expansion sides – the Brisbane Bombers, Easts Tigers Firehawks and the Ipswich western-corridor bid. It’s understood the club would change its name for the NRL team, dropping ‘Redcliffe’ to appeal to the wider geographic area.
The Dolphins Stadium precinct is located 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and 25 minutes from the airport, while the wider Moreton Bay region is home to more than 450,000 residents.