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THE RACE to have Metricon Stadium ready for footy's return on June 2 has begun.

Following the completion of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday night, workers began the task of transforming Gold Coast's home ground back to an AFL venue on Monday morning.

The Suns host Geelong in round 11 – their first true home game of the season – but plenty needs to happen in the six weeks between now and then.

The infrastructure for the closing ceremony is already being dismantled, while the infield turf is expected to be removed within the week.

The athletics track will also be removed before ready-to-play turf is laid in the middle of May, giving it time to settle before hosting the Cats.

The entire club, including football department and administration, has spent the past six weeks based at nearby Bond University while its Carrara precinct has been used to prepare and host the Games.

They will leave the university and move 'home' on Saturday week, while the team is playing in Adelaide in round six, and be in position to train and prepare as normal ahead of round seven.

Players have been given Monday and Tuesday off after spending the past 10 days in Perth to play both Fremantle and West Coast.

The Suns have a relatively normal week ahead with just a 60-minute drive north to play Queensland rival Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

They then play in Adelaide (against the Crows), Ballarat (Western Bulldogs), Brisbane (Melbourne) and Shanghai (Port Adelaide) before having a bye and finally getting to play at Metricon Stadium.
 

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THE RACE to have Metricon Stadium ready for footy's return on June 2 has begun.

Following the completion of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday night, workers began the task of transforming Gold Coast's home ground back to an AFL venue on Monday morning.

The Suns host Geelong in round 11 – their first true home game of the season – but plenty needs to happen in the six weeks between now and then.

The infrastructure for the closing ceremony is already being dismantled, while the infield turf is expected to be removed within the week.

The athletics track will also be removed before ready-to-play turf is laid in the middle of May, giving it time to settle before hosting the Cats.

The entire club, including football department and administration, has spent the past six weeks based at nearby Bond University while its Carrara precinct has been used to prepare and host the Games.

They will leave the university and move 'home' on Saturday week, while the team is playing in Adelaide in round six, and be in position to train and prepare as normal ahead of round seven.

Players have been given Monday and Tuesday off after spending the past 10 days in Perth to play both Fremantle and West Coast.

The Suns have a relatively normal week ahead with just a 60-minute drive north to play Queensland rival Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

They then play in Adelaide (against the Crows), Ballarat (Western Bulldogs), Brisbane (Melbourne) and Shanghai (Port Adelaide) before having a bye and finally getting to play at Metricon Stadium.
If we can beat Brisbane and one of Adelaide, Bulldogs, Port or Melbourne i'll be happy but if we don't win again before the bye the season is already screwed. If we can go into that game against Geelong 4-5 or 5-4 it sets up a run of big teams at home and could get some great crowds.
 

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If we can beat Brisbane and one of Adelaide, Bulldogs, Port or Melbourne i'll be happy but if we don't win again before the bye the season is already screwed. If we can go into that game against Geelong 4-5 or 5-4 it sets up a run of big teams at home and could get some great crowds.
Would take 4-5 into the bye.
 

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no photos, but driving home today it looked like part of the temporary stands were still up, like maybe the first 10/15 rows still there?
The games were such a huge success it’s a pity that some people will only remember the farce that was the closing ceremony
 

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it would be a great idea for the city council to get something to commemorate the games at the stadium like a statue or a plarque...
A statue of Basil and Joh after the closing ceremony :D

Something like the Aussie girls cheering on the last place runner in the 10,000m would be a nice statue for the stadium, or a statue of Borobi or the GC2018 logo.
 

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A statue of Basil and Joh after the closing ceremony :D

Something like the Aussie girls cheering on the last place runner in the 10,000m would be a nice statue for the stadium, or a statue of Borobi or the GC2018 logo.
Ha Ha good one re Basil and Griggs.......seriously though I like the Borobi idea
 

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this is a serious idea- has an idea of a 2018 Commonwealth Games Museum being thrown up? Could be placed outside of the stadium...
 

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From ABC Gold Coast Facebook

GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES BUMP OUT‍♀️️‍♀️

One month on from the Games...so when will our venues be handed back to the community?

Carrara Stadium is on track to host the Suns V Cats game on June 2.

Imported grass has been planted...and the northern stadium has been removed and replaced with a video screen. (Before and after reconstruction pictured below)

The indoor Coomera Sports Centre will be handed back on May 30 after more than seven thousand seats were removed.

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Is South Ports home ground the next biggest AFL venue on the coast? Just curious as to where the Suns would play if the stadium debate goes to the next level, I heard a rumour the GC mayor wants the Titans to play out of a new smaller venue closer to the city
 

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MAYOR Tom Tate has backed a radical plan to build a boutique stadium closer to the coastline to free the Titans from the shackles of Stadium Queensland.

The Titans are exploring a long-term strategy to dump Cbus Stadium in favour of a smaller capacity arena located closer to the city’s coastline public transport and amenities.

It is understood the boutique stadium would include a grandstand with corporate suites and seating for up to 8000 spectators and a hill section covering the rest of the arena that would accommodate a further 7000.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has thrown his support behind the idea, calling the current lease costs for Cbus Stadium “ridiculous.”

“The Titans owners are applying a commercial mind to their problem. That’s what smart business people do,” Cr Tate said.

“I’d be more than willing to discuss with councillors the possibility of a boutique stadium rising from the ground, somewhere else in our city.

“It would need to be on a public transport route and would need the support of the people but we can make it happen.

“The ridiculous $1.3 million per annum lease costs for Cbus Stadium could be directed into paying interest on a $20 million loan to build the infrastructure needed to make this boutique stadium work.”


He said he would even go as far as turning off the water to Cbus if a deal wasn’t reached and the Titans moved on.

“Stadiums Queensland would then be left with no anchor tenant for Cbus, and they can spend their weeks mowing it and keeping it spic and span, until the cow’s come home.

“I will also turn the water off to Cbus as we currently gift the water to that stadium, free of charge.”

The idea of a smaller stadium has gathered momentum as talks over the dud Cbus deal have dragged on.

Stadiums Queensland is charging the Titans $110,000 per game, including GST, which is up to four times the price their Sydney club rivals pay their landlords.

The success of Titans matches in Toowoomba and Gladstone has convinced the club that a cut-down stadium model could be the best option for them to thrive on the Gold Coast.

It would also be an ideal home for any future A-League franchise and would deliver the city a more attractive venue for mid-size concerts of up 20,000 fans.


The Titans are hopeful of striking a fairer deal with Stadium Queensland after meeting with senior officials this week.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley the club was hopeful of signing a deal to stay at Cbus that would be financially viable — but he hasn’t ruled out pursuing a smaller stadium.

“Our objective all along has been to enter into a long-term agreement at Cbus Stadium,” Mr Annesley said. “It’s our home ground, the stadium was built for the Titans over a decade ago and our discussions with the Government are making progress and our objective is to enter into a multi-year agreement there.


“Those sort of projects (building a new stadium) obviously always take a number of years to bring into fruition and who knows what our situation will be in a few years time.

“A city like the Gold Coast requires a range of different-size facilities to cater for all sorts of events, whether it be rugby league, rugby union, soccer, concerts, to have another quality facility for a range of events in a smaller venue, would be a fantastic addition to the Gold Coast.

“Our objective is to be filling Cbus Stadium most times we play there, which is 27,500 people. We would love to be in a position where we are doing that, but smaller venues to cater for smaller events, there will always be a place for that.”

Mr Annesley thanked the Mayor for his support during the negotiations process.

“The Mayor has been a fantastic supporter of the club and campaigned for us to get a better deal at Cbus and we’re extremely grateful for the support he has given us publicly, which has helped our cause.”
 

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MAYOR Tom Tate has backed a radical plan to build a boutique stadium closer to the coastline to free the Titans from the shackles of Stadium Queensland.

The Titans are exploring a long-term strategy to dump Cbus Stadium in favour of a smaller capacity arena located closer to the city’s coastline public transport and amenities.

It is understood the boutique stadium would include a grandstand with corporate suites and seating for up to 8000 spectators and a hill section covering the rest of the arena that would accommodate a further 7000.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has thrown his support behind the idea, calling the current lease costs for Cbus Stadium “ridiculous.”

“The Titans owners are applying a commercial mind to their problem. That’s what smart business people do,” Cr Tate said.

“I’d be more than willing to discuss with councillors the possibility of a boutique stadium rising from the ground, somewhere else in our city.

“It would need to be on a public transport route and would need the support of the people but we can make it happen.

“The ridiculous $1.3 million per annum lease costs for Cbus Stadium could be directed into paying interest on a $20 million loan to build the infrastructure needed to make this boutique stadium work.”


He said he would even go as far as turning off the water to Cbus if a deal wasn’t reached and the Titans moved on.

“Stadiums Queensland would then be left with no anchor tenant for Cbus, and they can spend their weeks mowing it and keeping it spic and span, until the cow’s come home.

“I will also turn the water off to Cbus as we currently gift the water to that stadium, free of charge.”

The idea of a smaller stadium has gathered momentum as talks over the dud Cbus deal have dragged on.

Stadiums Queensland is charging the Titans $110,000 per game, including GST, which is up to four times the price their Sydney club rivals pay their landlords.

The success of Titans matches in Toowoomba and Gladstone has convinced the club that a cut-down stadium model could be the best option for them to thrive on the Gold Coast.

It would also be an ideal home for any future A-League franchise and would deliver the city a more attractive venue for mid-size concerts of up 20,000 fans.


The Titans are hopeful of striking a fairer deal with Stadium Queensland after meeting with senior officials this week.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley the club was hopeful of signing a deal to stay at Cbus that would be financially viable — but he hasn’t ruled out pursuing a smaller stadium.

“Our objective all along has been to enter into a long-term agreement at Cbus Stadium,” Mr Annesley said. “It’s our home ground, the stadium was built for the Titans over a decade ago and our discussions with the Government are making progress and our objective is to enter into a multi-year agreement there.


“Those sort of projects (building a new stadium) obviously always take a number of years to bring into fruition and who knows what our situation will be in a few years time.

“A city like the Gold Coast requires a range of different-size facilities to cater for all sorts of events, whether it be rugby league, rugby union, soccer, concerts, to have another quality facility for a range of events in a smaller venue, would be a fantastic addition to the Gold Coast.

“Our objective is to be filling Cbus Stadium most times we play there, which is 27,500 people. We would love to be in a position where we are doing that, but smaller venues to cater for smaller events, there will always be a place for that.”

Mr Annesley thanked the Mayor for his support during the negotiations process.

“The Mayor has been a fantastic supporter of the club and campaigned for us to get a better deal at Cbus and we’re extremely grateful for the support he has given us publicly, which has helped our cause.”
Tate is a redneck Leaguey
I wouldn't be surprised if his endgame is destroying all other football codes on the Coast
If he spends one red cent of my money on a stadium for that bogan game I'll stand for mayor myself just to clean that Mr Toad smirk off his face
He already wiped the Tugun Jets Football Club off the face of the Earth for the socially corrupt and inept Tugun Seahawks benefit
What a tosser
 

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MAYOR Tom Tate has backed a radical plan to build a boutique stadium closer to the coastline to free the Titans from the shackles of Stadium Queensland.

The Titans are exploring a long-term strategy to dump Cbus Stadium in favour of a smaller capacity arena located closer to the city’s coastline public transport and amenities.

It is understood the boutique stadium would include a grandstand with corporate suites and seating for up to 8000 spectators and a hill section covering the rest of the arena that would accommodate a further 7000.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has thrown his support behind the idea, calling the current lease costs for Cbus Stadium “ridiculous.”

“The Titans owners are applying a commercial mind to their problem. That’s what smart business people do,” Cr Tate said.

“I’d be more than willing to discuss with councillors the possibility of a boutique stadium rising from the ground, somewhere else in our city.

“It would need to be on a public transport route and would need the support of the people but we can make it happen.

“The ridiculous $1.3 million per annum lease costs for Cbus Stadium could be directed into paying interest on a $20 million loan to build the infrastructure needed to make this boutique stadium work.”


He said he would even go as far as turning off the water to Cbus if a deal wasn’t reached and the Titans moved on.

“Stadiums Queensland would then be left with no anchor tenant for Cbus, and they can spend their weeks mowing it and keeping it spic and span, until the cow’s come home.

“I will also turn the water off to Cbus as we currently gift the water to that stadium, free of charge.”

The idea of a smaller stadium has gathered momentum as talks over the dud Cbus deal have dragged on.

Stadiums Queensland is charging the Titans $110,000 per game, including GST, which is up to four times the price their Sydney club rivals pay their landlords.

The success of Titans matches in Toowoomba and Gladstone has convinced the club that a cut-down stadium model could be the best option for them to thrive on the Gold Coast.

It would also be an ideal home for any future A-League franchise and would deliver the city a more attractive venue for mid-size concerts of up 20,000 fans.


The Titans are hopeful of striking a fairer deal with Stadium Queensland after meeting with senior officials this week.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley the club was hopeful of signing a deal to stay at Cbus that would be financially viable — but he hasn’t ruled out pursuing a smaller stadium.

“Our objective all along has been to enter into a long-term agreement at Cbus Stadium,” Mr Annesley said. “It’s our home ground, the stadium was built for the Titans over a decade ago and our discussions with the Government are making progress and our objective is to enter into a multi-year agreement there.


“Those sort of projects (building a new stadium) obviously always take a number of years to bring into fruition and who knows what our situation will be in a few years time.

“A city like the Gold Coast requires a range of different-size facilities to cater for all sorts of events, whether it be rugby league, rugby union, soccer, concerts, to have another quality facility for a range of events in a smaller venue, would be a fantastic addition to the Gold Coast.

“Our objective is to be filling Cbus Stadium most times we play there, which is 27,500 people. We would love to be in a position where we are doing that, but smaller venues to cater for smaller events, there will always be a place for that.”

Mr Annesley thanked the Mayor for his support during the negotiations process.

“The Mayor has been a fantastic supporter of the club and campaigned for us to get a better deal at Cbus and we’re extremely grateful for the support he has given us publicly, which has helped our cause.”
So titans pay 1.3 a year lease and we pay 4 mill on a year if I heard the Coch right ,if that is right who the **** made that deal???????


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Tate is a redneck Leaguey
I wouldn't be surprised if his endgame is destroying all other football codes on the Coast
If he spends one red cent of my money on a stadium for that bogan game I'll stand for mayor myself just to clean that Mr Toad smirk off his face
He already wiped the Tugun Jets Football Club off the face of the Earth for the socially corrupt and inept Tugun Seahawks benefit
What a tosser
Would help us get an A-League club that was sustainable a boutique stadium
 
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