Brisbane Lions have shared the final renders for their new training and administration facility being built at Springfield Central.
The renders come as the project, known as The Reserve, prepares to move into the construction phase.
The Lions got the green light last August to start construction on the $70 million facility, with earthworks carried out in recent months.
The facility is funded by Ipswich City Council, the Federal and State Governments, Springfield City Group, the AFL and the club.
The latest renders show the final design of the Lions’ new home in rich detail, as noted on the Brisbane Lions’ website.
A render showing what the Springfield Central stadium will be like.
“The southern arena plaza that supporters will cross upon arrival from Springfield Central train station features an events lawn to host Lion Park activations and an indoor training field,” the Lions website notes.
“The gardens will showcase the best of Brisbane’s subtropical flora, including species that flower in Lions colours throughout the season.
“The arena renders also celebrate the Club’s proud Fitzroy past, with the grandstand paying homage to Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Oval.
“In Queensland, this red brick design is also strongly linked with Ipswich’s industrial heritage. Queensland supporters may also recognise the expansive balconies and timber as common features of traditional Queenslander architecture.
“Spectator seating in the grandstand, hill areas and tiers around the oval have been designed to bring members and supporters as close to the footy as possible.
“A flat oval surface will greatly-enhance fence line views of the action. A mix of seating and standing options and cover will improve the Lions match experiences in hot and wet weather.”
As well as the renders, a new live-stream of the construction site has been launched to keep fans up to date as the project progresses.
The new training and administration facility is expected to be completed by November 2021, with the first AFLW matches to be played at the arena in 2022.
Lions CEO Greg Swann has previously described the project as a “game-changer” for the club.
“We have been working towards this project since 2011,” Mr Swann said.
“Our AFLW side will finally have a place to call home, after playing at numerous venues since their competition’s introduction in 2016.
“The facility will provide a stable base for our men’s team, who train at a number of venues during the summer.
“We see Springfield as an exciting growth corridor and the space available there will allow us to continue to expand.”
See the live stream of the construction site here.