The first stage of construction for the Brisbane Lions new training and administration facility, The Reserve Community Arena at Springfield, is nearly complete.
Preparatory earthworks will be finalised over the Christmas and new year break with building construction planned to commence in March, Lions officials said this week.
Funding has been provided by Ipswich City Council, the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments and the AFL, and Brisbane Lions club managers are preparing to launch a fundraising campaign in 2020 to secure final funds for a facility fit-out.
The Lions new home will include a boutique arena to accommodate 10,000 passionate supporters and will become the home ground for the AFLW team.
Equal facilities will be provided for both the men’s and women’s teams including a state-of-the-art indoor training field (50m by 35m), recovery pools and a large gymnasium big enough to fit all athletes.
The Reserve Community Arena at Springfield will be accessible to the local community. Club partner Multicultural Australia will be located at the facility.
Lions CEO Greg Swann said it was a proud time for the Club and important to celebrate the milestone.
“We have been working towards this project since 2011,” Mr Swann said.
“This arena will be a game-changer for our Club, with equal facilities for both our men’s and women’s teams.
“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.”