AOC says to scrap Gabba redevelopment plans

Australian Olympic Committee president Ian Chesterman has supported calls to scrap the proposed Gabba redevelopment for the 2032 Brisbane Video games, believing there are “extra artistic options” accessible.

Chesterman’s feedback got here a day after Olympic powerbroker John Coates additionally mentioned to desert plans for a $2.7bn rebuild as a result of “it doesn’t stack up’’ financially.

Chesterman mentioned the AOC supported the overview of Video games plans.

“The (Worldwide Olympic Committee’s) new norm course of is designed to make sure the Video games are each inexpensive and sustainable, with a robust desire for using current or non permanent amenities,” he mentioned.

“We imagine there are different, extra artistic options than rebuilding the Gabba for the Video games which give a legacy for our sports activities and even higher entry for followers to an distinctive Olympic and Paralympic Video games.

“We’ll put these concepts to the overview committee.”

Awaiting the findings of the overview are the Brisbane Lions, who play their house matches on the Gabba.

Whereas the Lions had no remark to make on Thursday, an announcement issued by the membership in November final 12 months mentioned it supported a Gabba redevelopment.

“The venue has been our house for the previous 30 years and the redevelopment ensures it will likely be match for goal for the following 30 years,” Lions chairman Andrew Wellington mentioned.

“As a membership we’re prone to hit 60,000 members in 2024, we’re the hirer attracting the most important crowds, we’ve had seven sellouts this 12 months and I’ve little question we will likely be filling the brand new Gabba regularly previous to the Olympics and for years to come back.

“We perceive the necessity and in addition the broader advantages this mission and related city renewal works will carry to town and the broader precinct because of initiatives like Cross River Rail.

“There’s profit right here for commuters, occasion goers, new group areas and the supply of a business and a residential precinct inclusive of inexpensive housing alternatives.

“We sit up for receiving a extra detailed Gabba replace and a choice on the Lions’ displacement venue from authorities within the close to future, recognising the wants of our many followers and the prolonged interval of displacement.”

Nevertheless, each the Lions and the Gabba’s different tenants, Queensland Cricket, baulked at being requested by the state authorities to contribute tens of millions of {dollars} to assist fund an improve to the Brisbane Showgrounds, which had been as the house floor for the Lions and the Queensland cricket group whereas the Gabba was being developed.

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