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Small improvement in attendances at Stadiums Queensland venues
Stadiums Queensland venues recorded a rise in attendances and a marked improvement in financial performance in the last fiscal year, turning around the significant fall in patronage experienced in 2014/15.
Stadiums Queensland’s 2015/16 recently released annual report showed that its nine venues hosted 4.04 million patrons - an increase from 3.93 million patrons in the previous year.
However, while Suncorp Stadium, the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, the Queensland Tennis Centre, The Gabba and Townsville’s 1300SMILES Stadium recorded rises in attendances, four Stadium Queensland venues suffered declines.
Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast saw its numbers fall while Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Sleeman Sports Complex and the AFL-managed Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast saw falls in attendances for the second consecutive year.
Noteable events of 2015/16 recorded in the Stadiums Queensland annual report inluded:
• Continued the roll out of fibre optic backbone infrastructure across the venues as part of the Venues Modernisation Project to improve connectivity and drive business efficiencies;
• Partnered with Cricket Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure International cricket at The Gabba over the next three summers;
• Remained highly engaged in the planning process to assist with the delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games;
• Worked with key Government stakeholders to deliver significant Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games infrastructure with a view to securing high value legacy outcomes for the community and venue hirers following delivery of the Games;
• Continued to support the construction of the new $59 million Queensland State Velodrome at the Sleeman Sports Complex; and
• Commenced site and design planning for the $30 million State Netball Centre to be located at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC).
Suncorp Stadium hosted 47 major events with 1.25 million visitors, including the Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran concerts, a sold-out NRL double header, State of Origin, and fixtures from the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar.
The Brisbane Entertainment Centre hosted a wide range of acts, including Oprah Winfrey, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and KISS.
Townsville-based Rabieh Krayem has been appointed as a Director of the Board of Stadiums Queensland.
Krayem joins six other Board Directors: Sophie Devitt (Chairperson), Victoria Bryant (Carthew), Samantha Carroll, Michael Cottier, Sandra Deane and Christopher Johnson.
The Stadiums Queensland Board is established under the Major Sports Facilities Act 2001 and is responsible for the management of major sports facilities in Queensland.
More to follow ...
Image: Suncorp Stadium
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