/ 19 March 2024

Getting over an Olympic hurdle

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

The Queensland Government has rejected a proposal to build a new $3.4 billion, 55,000-seat stadium in Brisbane’s Victoria Park. That plan came from a review of the state’s Olympic and Paralympic infrastructure, but Premier Steven Miles says he can’t justify the spend while “Queenslanders are struggling” with the cost of living. Instead, the state government plans to upgrade the existing Suncorp Stadium – aka Lang Park – to a standard that can “host a fantastic opening and closing ceremony” ahead of the 2032 Games. That follows a cheaper plan put forward by Olympics boss John Coates, who recommended using existing infrastructure. The Gabba will get some upgrades instead of a $2.7 billion rebuild, as will the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre which will be used for athletics – with Miles saying around $1 billion will be spent “half-half” between the Gabba and Suncorp.

And while we’re talking sport/stadium debates – the details of Tasmania’s AFL team have been revealed ahead of their anticipated debut in 2028. They’ll be called the Tasmania Devils and look resplendent in green and red guernseys featuring a yellow map of Tasmania with a red T in the centre.

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