Townsville’s new North Queensland Stadium has reached a major milestone, with the installation of the first of 25,000 seats.
The stadium will have 25,000 seats – 7,000 more seats than the existing 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville.
In concert mode the stadium can accommodate up to 40,000 patrons in the stands and on the field of play.
About 75% of the seating will be covered by the roof, with generous overhangs over the concourse and main entry.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk helped install the first seat with Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni, as construction on the $290 million project reaches its peak.
The project remains on budget and on track with the main stadium build works now more than 75% complete, and half of the trusses that will make up the iconic roof structure now installed.
The Premier said installing the first seats is an exciting moment and brings the project one step closer to being ready to host the Sir Elton John concert and the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season next year.
The seating design will be fitted to pre-fabricated seating platforms manufactured in Townsville by local company Jackson Semler.
Camatic Seating’s Axiom Seating System is part of Camatic’s line of beam-mounted stadium seats, providing for faster and more flexible installation compared to traditional fixed seats.