Construction work has started on the A$70 million future home of the AFLW Brisbane Lions in Springfield, Queensland, Australia.
Brighton Homes Arena will be the new home of the Lions’ AFLW team and includes the development of a high-performance training and support centre for both men’s and women’s teams with the specially designed equal facilities a first of their kind in Australia.
The stadium will offer modern amenities for up to 10,000 spectators, with a grandstand seating 600 fans and permanent shade, toilets and disabled seating.
The public will enjoy access to a range of recreational facilities which will form part of the open community hub all-year round.
The Populous-designed Brighton Homes Arena will have live broadcasting of the AFLW Premiership season and other major events through the latest technical media infrastructure.
The project has been made possible thanks to an A$20 million contribution from Ipswich City Council, $18 million from the Queensland Government and $15 million from the Australian Government as well as matching investment from the Lions and the AFL.
Senator for Queensland Paul Scarr, Queensland Minister for Sport, the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe, City of Ipswich Mayor, Teresa Harding, and AFL Queensland CEO, Trish Squires were on hand to celebrate the commencement of arena construction and reveal Brighton Homes as the official naming rights partner.
Lions Chairman Andrew Wellington thanked Brighton Homes, Ipswich City Council, and the Queensland and Australian Governments for their strong support of the Brisbane Lions and AFL in Queensland. He said:
Thanks to our funding partners we’ve reached a significant milestone in delivery of what will be a wonderful community asset. To have the one home for all our players, coaches, support and administration staff will be a huge boost for the Club.
In Brighton Homes we have found a partner who shares our ambitions to grow and be successful and is passionate about being connected to the communities they are part of.
We look forward to partnering with Brighton Homes to make our new home in Springfield a great success.
Completion of the project is scheduled for September 2022.
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