Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Concept revealed for stadium for Tasmanian AFL franchise

Concept revealed for stadium for Tasmanian AFL franchise
October 23, 2019

Backing moves for a Tasmanian-based AFL club, plans have been revealed for a 27,000-seat stadium in Hobart.

Part of an effort to attract top sporting codes to the state of Tasmania, the ‘Tas Park’ masterplan has been developed by architect, and Hobart Brewing Company co-owner, Don Gallagher. The $500 million stadium complex is proposed for a largely vacant Macquarie Point waterfront site would also include a hotel, convention centre, restaurants and cafes.

Tas Park is designed to strengthen Tasmania’s bid for a stand-alone AFL team, an A-League football club and an NRL rugby league team while providing the city with a future hub for public transport infrastructure and year-round hotel accommodation.

Introdcuing the concept, Gallagher told The Australian newspaper that his plan has received support from figures in AFL, political and invest­ment circles, adding that initial contact has been made with the state government.

A stadium at the Macquarie Point site as been cited by Tasmania’s AFL Taskforce, led by Virgin Australia co-founder Brett Godfrey, as potentially key in landing an AFL franchise. It is also said to be supported by some cricket officials keen to replicate the success of the Adelaide Oval's city centre location.

Advising that his design would also address concerns over the development of a large walled, traditional stadium at the site, Gallagher explained “traditional stadiums are like a walled fortress, whereas this concept is very flowing - it buries the buildings and creates a par.

“It’s landscape architecture more than built form. All vistas to the Cenotaph are kept.”

Gallagher stated the addition of a 181-room hotel and convention centre, inspired by the Hilton Garden Inn development at Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, would help fund much of the project, reducing the need for public expenditure. He added this part of the project has already garnered interest from investors keen to meet Hobart’s demand for tourist accommodation, noting “we’ve set up a list of firms and consultants that have all agreed to come on board."

Gallagher said he is keen to help secure an AFL team for Tasmania, adding that his vision would see Hobart ensure it won’t repeat the “mistakes” of Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, commenting “Docklands stadium is a fortress, a traditional-style stadium removed from the landscape and shut off all the time.

“Tassie deserves something unique and different. It would be a tragedy if this unique site was turned into a soulless place.”

A Tasmanian Government spokeswoman told The Australian that the concept of a multi-code stadium “has merit” but it was still an “early stage concept”, while development at Macquarie Point would be driven by the existing masterplan.

Hobart's Macquarie Point has previously been suggested as the site of a new public park.

Images show concepts for the proposaed Hobart stadium.

Related Articles

15th October 2019 - Tasmanians back state’s AFL bid

26th August 2019 - Tasmanian Government taskforce calls for AFL licence and new stadium

16th August 2019 - Larry Kestelman to head new NBL Tasmania Advisory Board

12th July 2019 - NBL announces pre-season Tasmanian tournament to test 10th NBL franchise potential

5th June 2019 - Project team appointed to build case for Tasmanian AFL

23rd May 2019 - Fears that funding for Tasmania’s MONA being used as a ‘political football’

14th February 2019 - Tasmanian Government outlines role for Football Tasmania Board

21st March 2018 - ‘Hard decisions’ ahead for AFL in Tasmania

27th November 2018 - Proceeds from planned sale of Elizabeth Street Pier to assist MONA vision

11th December 2016 - MONA reveals plans for Reconciliation Art Park in Hobart

7th July 2017 - Populous explains how technology will transform future stadium experiences

29th January 2014 - New lighting unveiled at Aurora Stadium

12th June 2013 - $30 million Bellerive Oval redevelopment underway

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing



Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces



Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks



With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology



Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation


iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces



At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business