Metricon Stadium at Carrara on the Gold Coast re-opened in mid-2011 following a $144 million major redevelopment into a 22,500-seat stadium for the Gold Coast Suns AFL expansion club. The venue also served as the main stadium for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, hosting the athletics, opening and closing ceremonies. Capacity was extended to 40,000 for the Games with the addition of a temporary grandstand at the scoreboard end.
All that remains of the old stadium are the six light towers with everything else flattened. Original plans were for two main grandstands on either side with uncovered seating behind both goals, however additional funding allowed for the roof to continue around the Southern end.
The major redevelopment transformed the old Carrara Stadium into a world-class venue. As well as being home of the new Gold Coast Suns Football Club, the venue also plays host to occasional cricket fixtures and it also served as the main venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The stadium is a Stadium’s Queensland venue operated by the Gold Coast Suns and was designed by Populous and built by Watpac.
Metricon holds the current naming rights to the venue. The venue was previously known as Carrara Stadium and also Gold Coast Stadium.
Construction of the original stadium began in 1986 and opened the following year after the Brisbane Bears were granted a license to play in the VFL. Then known as Carrara Oval, the highest crowd recorded in that era was in 1989 when 18,198 people watched the Bears play Geelong. However crowds dwindled and the Bears moved to the Gabba in Brisbane in 1993. The ground was left without a major tenant and was sold to the Gold Coast City Council. The ground occasionally played host to Rugby League games and in 1996, the Gold Coast Chargers moved full-time to the stadium until 1998 when they were kicked out from the ARL. The venue had main grandstands on either side of the ground, and grassed areas and seating behind the goals, with a total capacity of around 18,000 including 5,300 undercover seats.
Gold Coast Stadium