Queensland sport minister Phil Reeves today released a series of aerial images showing how the Gold Coast Stadium is ‘rising up’ at Carrara.
On the first anniversary of funding for the project being secured, Mr Reeves said construction contractors had reached quarter time on the $144.2 million redevelopment.
“Contractors have moved ahead in leaps and bounds since demolition of the old stadium began in November 2009,” he said.
“Work on the 25,000 capacity stadium remains on track, with completion expected mid next year.
“Even though the siren has sounded on quarter time, the 100 contractors currently onsite won’t be pausing for a breather until they reach the final siren.”
Mr Reeves said the installation of pre-cast seating plats to the western stand lower bowl was nearing completion with contractors now advancing on level two of the western stand.
“The first components of the structural steel for the upper bowl were recently installed in the north-east section of the stadium and civil works surrounding the venue continue.”
State Member for Southport and Minister for Tourism Peter Lawlor said it was great to see the stadium taking shape.
“Once it’s complete, this is going to be a fantastic asset for the Gold Coast, and I can’t wait to see our local teams take to the field for the first time,” Mr Lawlor said.
Gold Coast Football Club (GCFC) CEO Travis Auld said everyone associated with the club was excited to see this magnificent structure emerge from the ground.
“From our training and admin base, we can look across at the site and every week there is something new to see. It’s great motivation for the staff and players as we build our club to see the stadium take shape so quickly.”
Gold Coast City Council Mayor Ron Clarke said the infrastructure was great for the Gold Coast and in the short term it had been a shot in the arm for the construction industry.
“We’ll soon have a home grown AFL team to support, footy fans will fly to the Coast for a match and stay for a holiday, and this stadium is a key part of the Coast’s Commonwealth Games bid.”
Mr Reeves said Stadiums Queensland venues pump more than $308 million into the state economy and provide more than 2,000 jobs across the state.
“The project also means jobs for Queenslanders and will provide up to 1,100 full time jobs during construction and anywhere up to 700 jobs an event once it's operational next year,” he said
"This venue will bring in additional economic benefits and provide a home for Gold Coast football fans to cheer on GCFC from 2011."
The Gold Coast Stadium has been designed by Populous and is being constructed by Watpac.