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Cairns Convention Centre redevelopment completion delayed by three months
The $176 million upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre has been delayed for a third time pushing the completion date to February next year.
Explaining the new timeline, a spokesperson for Queensland Minister for Public Works and Sport Mick de Brenni told Tropic Now this week “the Cairns Convention Centre works are getting underway, but we expect some COVID-19 delays to delivery of chillers and seating made in Europe.
“As a result, the date of construction completion of the refurbishment works has been extended by 65 working days. Bringing the completion date to 4th February 2021, from what was originally 23rd October 2020.”
The delay will likely result in the Cairns Taipans will be without a home for the majority of the NBL 2020/21 season.
Consequently, with no other venues in Cairns up to NBL standard, the Taipans could be forced to play home games in Townsville - home of former NBL team, Townsville Crocodiles.
The 5,257-capacity Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre and the 2,200-capacity Townsville Stadium are two options, while it’s believed the Gold Coast may be another possibility to host home games.
Noting this, Minister de Brenni’s spokesperson advised “we’re working with Cairns Convention Centre management and the Cairns Taipans on options while this important work is taking place.”
The NBL season is due to commence later than usual due to Coronavirus, with the League recently announcing it won’t start until the AFL and NRL seasons have concluded. At this point, those Grand Finals are expected to be played in the last weekend of October.
Meanwhile, the new the planned Hobart-based NBL franchise has moved a step forward, with the Tasmanian Government committing $68.5 million to the upgrade of the Derwent Entertainment Centre.
12th June 2020 - Work underway on upgrades at Brisbane’s Gabba
30th April 2020 - ASM Global to launch environmental hygiene program
20th April 2020 - NBL cuts pay and makes roster changes for 2020/21 season
12th March 2020 - Cairns Performing Arts Precinct secures urban design award
28th February 2020 - Agreement announced for Tasmania to host 10th NBL franchise
26th October 2019 - ASM Global unveils international leadership team
16th September 2019 - Facility manager AEG Ogden transitions to ASM Global (Asia Pacific) brand
16th September 2019 - 5,000 seat Hobart arena unveiled as potential home for 10th NBL team
20th February 2019 - New manager appointed at Cairns Convention Centre
23rd January 2019 - Cairns Convention Centre Generates $80 million in spending in 2018
17th July 2017 - Expansion concept revealed for Cairns Convention Centre
9th April 2013 - Townsville Crocodiles surrender NBL licence
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