- Friday 03 June 2011
It’s a facility to rival the best in the world.
That’s the opinion of former National Rugby League star Adam Mogg when it comes to the Sunshine Coast’s new $10million grandstand at Stockland Park.
Mogg, who’s nine year playing career included stints in the NRL, State of Origin, France and the UK, said the Sunshine Coast had a grandstand that stood ranked among the world’s finest.
"The facilities for players, spectators and corporate guests at Stockland Park are right up there with the very best I’ve seen both here in Australia and overseas," he said.
"This grandstand has everything the bigger more well known stadiums have, only on a smaller scale.
"As coach of the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles I am so excited about what this terrific grandstand will provide our club – from the first class player facilities right through to our supporters and sponsors."
The Sea Eagles will be the first local sporting side to make use of the new facilities in their Queensland Cup clash with Brisbane Easts on Saturday afternoon. The Sunshine Coast Stingrays Rugby Union side will get its first use of the revamped facilities on June 11 when it hosts Brothers in the Brisbane Premier Rugby competition. The Sunshine Coast Fire FC soccer side will christen the grandstand on June 12 in an exhibition blockbuster against A League champions the Brisbane Roar.
The 1050-seat structure will be officially christened at tomorrow’s opening ceremony from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. Division 3 Councillor Keryn Jones said it kicks off an exciting new era for sport and entertainment locally.
"Having a magnificent new grandstand like this at a multi-purpose facility like Stockland Park opens new doors for the Sunshine Coast," she said.
"With world class infrastructure now in place at Stockland Park this venue is a very attractive one for national and international sporting events and teams and it’s also a terrific outdoor venue for music and other entertainment events.
"The local Rugby League, Rugby Union and soccer tenants that use this facility year-round can now also cater far better for their supporters and sponsors.
"A number of state and local sporting bodies have taken out office space on the mezzanine level of the grandstand in order to better promote and manage their teams and activities."
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government. The $10 million project budget comprises $5 million from Sunshine Coast Council and $5 million from the Australian Government’s Better Regions Program.
The new grandstand includes corporate hospitality facilities and a function lounge along with state of the art media broadcast and change room facilities.
Cr Jones said the grandstand also incorporated environmentally sustainable and cost-effective features like rain water harvesting and water saving features and solar panels that feed into the power grid.
"The Sunshine Coast now has a facility that’s capable of hosting world class events whilst maintaining our aim to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant green and diverse."