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jakos

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The grandstands on the western side of the oval wouldn't be touched I wouldn't think - they're beautiful buildings. The entire site of the RNA Showgrounds is heritage listed, but that hasn't stopped certain building being knocked down (these have been what were essentially sheds though with little architectural value). What would potentially happen would Machinery Hill (the bench seating on the NE of the oval) would be demolished and the field would extend in that direction.

As for width, the current width is 10 metres wider than Kardinia Park, but I'd imagine there might be scope for a grandstand to extend up and over Gregory Terrace. I dare say the RNA wouldn't mind some kind of structure that could double as an overpass. There is the road tunnel which lies directly underneath at not a great depth, but I don't think works would be of such a scope that that would be an issue.

All in all, I think it's unlikely, but the arena will have some kind of redevelopment for the equestrian stuff for the Olympics, so it's not totally out of the question. The precinct is part of the Bowen Hills Priority Development Area, so there is scope for cutting of red tape here and there.
Heritage listed grandstands lack any modern amenities whatsoever to support back of house for professional events. One of the biggest challenges to staging sport is the drainage underlying the Showgrounds, which is located on Brisbane's most flood-affected street. It's not unknown for cars to float down surrounding streets in moderate downpours, and a lot of the residential development of the precinct involves significant under-street stormwater detention.

A major impediment to hosting cricket and footy there will be the event schedule in non-COVID years. RNA is the main music festival venue in Brisbane, and those events aren't complementary with elite sports turf, especially wickets.
 

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Does make sense to knock down Machinery Hill and extend out that way with a new Stand featuring Changerooms under and Broadcast facilities at the top. Another covered stand on the Western Side along the Terrace. The Trotting track would have to go but could be reinstated as a "drop in" during Ekka time. Just a bit of creative thinking required. The Ekka ends up with a redevelopment and another facility with good transport options remains. Probably hold 25k which is comparable with Metricon and much more convenient.

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Heritage listed grandstands lack any modern amenities whatsoever to support back of house for professional events. One of the biggest challenges to staging sport is the drainage underlying the Showgrounds, which is located on Brisbane's most flood-affected street. It's not unknown for cars to float down surrounding streets in moderate downpours, and a lot of the residential development of the precinct involves significant under-street stormwater detention.

A major impediment to hosting cricket and footy there will be the event schedule in non-COVID years. RNA is the main music festival venue in Brisbane, and those events aren't complementary with elite sports turf, especially wickets.
Drainage has been upgraded in the past few years as you allude to and is continuing to be. Not just with the residential buildings. Replacing a lot of of the stormwater drains laid in the 1800s. Is it good enough? I couldn't say. But I spend a fair bit of time in this precinct and it's definitely better than it was. Haven't heard anecdotally of those issues in Water St of cars floating away.

Music festivals now occur wholly in the mega-tent on the northern side of the showgrounds, so wouldn't be an issue.
 

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I am very excited for the infrastructure push the olympics is going to bring. The plans for public transport on the Gold Coast look fantastic for example.
 

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I am very excited for the infrastructure push the olympics is going to bring. The plans for public transport on the Gold Coast look fantastic for example.
I’m excited about the jobs it will bring, and hopefully the boost to the economy for the next decade.

Just not looking forward to the housing price increases.
 

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