Rocky Elsom (76)
I hear all is good. Case thrown out. Works to start imminently.
The Ballymore National Rugby Training Centre and New McLean Stand will revitalise the precinct for the 21st Century while continuing to honour the great history of the ground. The NRTC will include halls of fame outside the player locker rooms and the upstairs player lounges and corporate facilities.
The facilities include:
• New home of the Buildcorp Wallaroos and national headquarters for Women’s Rugby
• Centrepiece of a new community recreation and high-performance sports precinct
• Future home of new programs such as Pacific Pathways and an International Academy for visiting teams, players and coaches – exporting Queensland’s rugby IP to the world.
The NRTC will be one of the most advanced sports high-performance centres in Queensland.
• Facilities for almost 100 players at the one time with dedicated male/female changerooms
• Elite medical, physio and recovery facility
• Modern lecture theatre for coach, player and volunteer education
• Almost 4000sqm devoted to rugby
• 680sqm elite gym
• Integrated 3000-capacity grandstand replacing ageing McLean stand for club and junior representative matches
Queensland’s many trophies gathered over almost 150 years will be prominently displayed in a new reception area which will double as a showcase for the ground’s rich history.
The existing stand’s capacity of 3008 (legally restricted to 1640 spectators because of past works which restricted access) will be replaced with a modern 3010-person capacity stand. The existing undersize Field 3 will be relocated as the main training field, adjoining the NRTC on its other side. The new building comprises a large high- performance gymnasium and double height pre-activation space, locker and change rooms, a recovery room with plunge pools and sauna at ground level, as well as physiotherapy, medical and emergency suites. The upper level comprises Queensland Rugby and Rugby Australia offices, and a players’ lounge and meeting rooms that can convert to corporate and media suites on match days.
Connecting the two levels are a double-height reception lobby and 60-seat auditorium for team and volunteer training.
These spaces are designed to showcase the almost 140-year history of Queensland Rugby. Along the main field 2,610 spectator seats are accessed by an upper concourse. A further 400 spectators can be accommodated in the game- day hospitality suites.
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My concern is that they'll build this and Thorn won't want the players to use the gym or facilities as they are too nice.
The olympic bid is a golden opportunity to expand on the ballymore plan, for example to get the busway extended to the stadium which could make it a longer term viable option. The feds will spend a lot of money on the olympics and it's a once in a generation opportunity for Ballymore