Metricon Stadium Gold Coast

stmookeyj

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I'm surprised they still haven't knocked down the indoor sports centre (The Rollerdome or the Greenhouse for old NBL fans who remember the Gold Coast Rollers), I thought that was going to be part of the redevelopment.
 

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Matchu

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I'm surprised they still haven't knocked down the indoor sports centre (The Rollerdome or the Greenhouse for old NBL fans who remember the Gold Coast Rollers), I thought that was going to be part of the redevelopment.
Initially they were going to knock it down but they changed the plans and have decided to upgrade it. So they will have three sporting facilities in the Carrara Sports Precinct - Carrara Stadium, Carrara Indoor Stadium and Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre (CSLC). I know the CSLC will include netball and basketball courts in legacy mode and I've heard rumours of a badminton facility being set up so maybe that's what the future holds for the Carrara Indoor Stadium. Here's a video for anyone who wants to get a little nostalgic with that building:

 

exile

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Looks like Metricon has scored the Gabba's cricket LED permitter signage this year. Surprised the Gabba isn't using it themselves.
we had it along most of the eastern side last year, and has been upgraded to the entire way around for this season. so they aren't using it at the gabba anymore?
 

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we've been keeping a thread up to date on our board on the carrara sports and leisure centre getting built next door. thought i might share some of the info gathered over the time of construction.

details as per a report on the local news regarding the suns training facilities
  • Current training and admin facilities are demountables next to the stadium.
  • The club will move into the new facilities in October 2016.
  • It will bring the whole club together under one roof for the first time ever.
  • The top level will be the admin section for up to 80 staff with a balcony and cafe.
  • Players will move into a high performance gym below with physios at their fingertips.
  • A three lane-25 metre lap pool, recovery baths and medical facilities will be included in the high performance gym area.
  • A second training field lined with synthetic grass will be created behind the facility.
  • It will be used during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and can be hired by visiting teams in a range of sports from netball to rugby sevens.
  • Andrew Travis - "Now we can genuinely look our players in the eyes and say we've got the best facilities of any club in the AFL."


proposed floor plan


proposed landscaping plan



artist's impression



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22nd march (not sure on the accuracy of this date)
 

brucetiki

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Looks like Metricon has scored the Gabba's cricket LED permitter signage this year. Surprised the Gabba isn't using it themselves.
I suspect the Gabba is sticking to its small strips either side of the interchange bench.

Looks like the cricket LED displays are being shared around as well, with Domain Stadium getting the WACA's displays this year too.
 

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Is it still on track for this year? The club atleast deserves some decent facilities. I don't think it's right taking this long. By that I mean the afl and all involved should have had it being built before they even started in 11' hopefully jaegar and anyone out of contract likes the final product.
 

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Best food options at Metricon? Going there this Saturday coming from Melbourne on holiday!
When I was there (Round 1 2013) I didn't see any interesting food options... just the usual fare.

I was sitting at the end which is to the right of screen if you're watching on TV, and I've heard there's a better variety at the other end. Where will you be sitting?
 

Billy ray

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When I was there (Round 1 2013) I didn't see any interesting food options... just the usual fare.

I was sitting at the end which is to the right of screen if you're watching on TV, and I've heard there's a better variety at the other end. Where will you be sitting?
yeh there is a more fancy place at the bottom left (ground level) of the members (broadcast side wing) part of the grandstand - just when the grandstand ends and becomes open .
has pulled pork burgers and some other fancy(er) stuff.

other than that there is usual fare, a kebab place, a gourmet burger place, a Malaysian sate place and yeh, that's about it.
 

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When I was there (Round 1 2013) I didn't see any interesting food options... just the usual fare.

I was sitting at the end which is to the right of screen if you're watching on TV, and I've heard there's a better variety at the other end. Where will you be sitting?
Not sure haven't bought tickets yet. I'll probably look to sit in a pocket on the left side of screen(onTV).
 

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Is it still on track for this year? The club atleast deserves some decent facilities. I don't think it's right taking this long. By that I mean the afl and all involved should have had it being built before they even started in 11' hopefully jaegar and anyone out of contract likes the final product.
Getting there...

 

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The Suns believe they are being short-changed to the tune of up to $1 million each year because of a poor stadium deal. To turn a dollar at Metricon, Gold Coast needs attendances over 13,000, the break-even point. The Suns pay more for police to work the ground than the policing cost at the Gabba.

Surprised me, first ive heard it being a bad deal.
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Police use sporting events as their over-time slush fund.

It's a disgrace and what's even worse is that they brag about it as well - this is the case at most major sporting events across Australia, not limited to Gold Coast.
 

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The Suns believe they are being short-changed to the tune of up to $1 million each year because of a poor stadium deal. To turn a dollar at Metricon, Gold Coast needs attendances over 13,000, the break-even point. The Suns pay more for police to work the ground than the policing cost at the Gabba.

Surprised me, first ive heard it being a bad deal.
RussellEbertHandball
Is the stadium deal via Stadiums Queensland or whatever it's called.

Basically they screw every professional side over in the state.
 

Cainozz

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Just wondering, because the Commonwealth games will be held on the Gold Coast this year, does this mean the Suns have to move a couple of their games? Or will the track and field events be held at a different venue?

Totally forgot about the Comm games. Surely a 25,000 seat stadium won't be big enough to host the opening and closing ceremonies?
 

The_Wookie

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Just wondering, because the Commonwealth games will be held on the Gold Coast this year, does this mean the Suns have to move a couple of their games? Or will the track and field events be held at a different venue?

Totally forgot about the Comm games. Surely a 25,000 seat stadium won't be big enough to host the opening and closing ceremonies?
its being temporarily boosted to 40k
 

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It's funny how stadium deals suddenly become **** when a club starts drawing rubbish crowds.
Suns have always had rubbish crowds, so it's not like there's a change of heart all of a sudden.
 

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Just wondering, because the Commonwealth games will be held on the Gold Coast this year, does this mean the Suns have to move a couple of their games? Or will the track and field events be held at a different venue?
I don't know for sure, but if I were to have an educated guess I assume it'd be a similar situation to the Suns in 2011 when they didn't play at Metricon until mid-season.

I think the Suns get the ground back by Round 8-10. They'll also probably host the China game in that period - so they probably only really need to relocate two games. Cairns and Townsville probably are obvious candidates as alternative venues. Bulldogs probably move their Cairns game to Ballarat as a 2nd game there in 2018. So there is a gap for the Suns to fill. And Townsville has hosted a few pre-season games now and is a suitable venue.

Could see the Suns playing a couple home games in Cairns/Townsville long term against low-drawing sides (WCE, Fre, Ade, PA & GWS) actually. The Hawthorn-Launceston & GWS-Canberra arrangements have worked out quite well for the parties involved in them.
 
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