Queensland Sport Minister flags need for upgrades at Brisbane’s The Gabba
Amid ongoing fears that The Gabba’s ageing infrastructure is seeing it become a less attractive option for major sporting events, Queensland Sport Minister Mick De Brenni has explained that lessons can be learned from modern stadiums to make the historic Brisbane venue deliver a better "holistic experience" for spectators.
Cricket Australia recently signalled that the 36,000 capacity Gabba has dropped to fifth in the pecking order of capital city venues, behind the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval and the new Optus Stadium in Perth, with Brisbane overlooked for next summer's four-Test series against India.
Although Brisbane and Canberra will host Tests against Sri Lanka, many cricket authorities and commentators consider the ageing Gabba's spectator amenities, public transport access and overall stadium design to be inferior to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Speaking to the ABC this week, Minister De Brenni advised “other stadiums across the nation are developing a holistic experience in terms of attending sport"It's not just what you see out on the pitch, it's the entire experience.
"Stadiums Queensland looks right around the globe for leading-edge improvements that we can make to the Gabba.
"We'll be working through options on that in coming months.
"Clearly the other stadiums are (also) much larger than the Gabba."
Minister De Brenni said Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project, which is to include a new Woolloongabba Station, would also see private sector investment in the surrounding area, "to improve the overall experience".
He added “getting to and from the venue is important, enjoying a meal with friends - enlivening the entire Gabba precinct will be a feature of Cross River Rail.
"We want to make sure that the Gabba continues to represent a great experience for everybody and so I'll be continuing my discussions with Cricket Australia, working through Stadiums Queensland and making sure we offer a high value experience."
Explaining that the Queensland budget will focus on jobs, health and education, he also advised that investing in the Gabba would reap returns, concluding “we want to ensure that the tourism and business benefits that come with having a popular stadium continue to deliver jobs in that local community, and continue to bring the best sporting events and the best entertainment events to the Gabba.
"Stadiums Queensland is working hard to ensure that it continues to be a great place to go."
Formally known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground, the Gabba, staged its first cricket match in 1896.
Images: The Gabba from the ainr (top) and at twilight (below).
26th January 2018 - RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR GLOBAL CONCERT BUSINESS
11th October 2017 - STUDY TO INVESTIGATE FANS’ REAL STADIUM EXPERIENCES
25th November 2017 - ASHES SERIES TO DELIVER AUSTRALIAN TOURISM BOOST
4th October 2017 - SMALL DECLINE IN ATTENDANCES AT STADIUMS QUEENSLAND VENUES
20th August 2017 - BROADCASTERS FAKE NRL LIVE ATMOSPHERE WITH HISTORIC CROWD FOOTAGE
25th February 2017 - WATPAC TO INSTALL GIANT SCREENS AT THE GABBA AND SUNCORP STADIUM
1st June 2016 - CRICKET AUSTRALIA AGREES GABBA TEST CRICKET DEAL
19th September 2015 - THE GABBA COULD MISS OUT ON FUTURE TEST MATCHES TO ADELAIDE AND PERTH
Every operator, business and professional has a story to share, so if you’d like us to include your news in Australasian Leisure Management, or if you have any ideas of new industry topics that you’d like us to focus on, then please just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details. We rely on industry contributions, and remember, our content is not paid for advertorial.
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 www.ausleisure.com.au 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.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…read more
Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…read more
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…read more
As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…read more
Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!