Queensland Government Commits to Rebuilding Gabba for Olympics

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has proposed the Gabba would be essentially demolished and rebuilt to host the 2032 Olympic Paralympic Games.

The QLD government has chosen to forgo a purpose-built stadium in the inner-northern suburb of Albion and instead upgrade the Gabba thanks to its central location and connection to public transport.

The Gabba being a well-established sports and entertainment venue, used around 40 weeks of the year, also proves the $1 billion venture is a worthwhile investment for the government.

“The Gabba is a workhorse, not a white elephant,” Minister for Sport and Minister Assisting Premier on the Olympics Stirling Hinchcliffe said.

The proposed upgrade would increase the stadium’s capacity from 42,000 to 50,000 and see the addition of a pedestrian plaza linking it to a new underground rail station.

Ms Palaszczuk said “the Gabba has been our home to sport since 1895. A home for the 2032 Olympic Paralympic Games could be its crowning glory.”

Tier 1 builders Watpac, Multiplex, Hutchinsons and Lendlease are expected to tender for the billion dollar redevelopment.

Watpac has delivered all recent updates to the Gabba, including the initial $132 million transformation, completed in 2009, and subsequent renovations completed in 2020 in time for the AFL Grand Final, to the tune of $35 million.

Watpac also successfully delivered the $280 million redevelopment of nearby Suncorp Stadium in 2003 and has completed subsequent upgrades and refurbishments since.

Multiplex also delivered upgrades to Suncorp Stadium, including new infrastructure linking the world-class stadium to Brisbane CBD and Roma Street train station.

Lendlease has strong experience in building stadiums at a national level including Bankwest Stadium in West Sydney and the $535 million Adelaide Oval Redevelopment in 2014.

Hutchinson Builders has a strong presence in Brisbane, having delivered a number of lifestyle and entertainment venues across the city.

Hutchies constructed The Fort music hall in Fortitude Valley, which was completed in 2019. 

In 2017, Hutchies completed the $22 million Brisbane Broncos Training Centre.

Brisbane has been shortlisted to host the Olympic Games in 2032 as the city already has 85 per cent of the venues required for the games, with some events also to be held in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Brisbane is expected to be offered the games, however only if the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics take place in July as planned. 

Image Source: Queensland Government

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