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Brighton Homes Arena

In 2011, the Brisbane Lions first identified a need to relocate our training and administration base from The Gabba and developed a proposal to build a new home at Springfield, a 35-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.

Our Club came to this decision due to regular disruption of the football department during the pre-season. With no summer access to The Gabba due to the cricket season, our team would train at multiple bases across Brisbane. This instability affected athlete preparation and was logistically difficult for staff moving training equipment from venue to venue.

As the professionalism of football increased the training facilities at The Gabba reached full capacity, with 45 plus men training with the AFL side, alongside the Lions Academy which has grown larger each year.

The introduction of the AFL Women’s competition in 2016 saw our Club bursting at the seams and it quickly became apparent that our women’s team was in desperate need of a training space and a summer home venue.

Construction commenced in 2020, and in early 2021 the Lions announced a naming rights partnership to brand the precinct as Brighton Homes Arena. 

October 17 was the date the Brisbane Lions moved into their new purpose-built training and admin facility, Brighton Homes Arena. Home to:

  • Michael Voss Oval - home ground for our Premiership-winning AFLW team and VFL team.
  • State-of-the-art AFL/W training and rehab facilities, including the second-largest indoor kick room in the competition.
  • Roar Espresso & Wilde Bar
  • TotalFusion Lions health and wellness club (enquire for memberships here)

Brighton Homes Arena News


Brighton Homes Arena will be our AFLW team’s home ground and we are planning for VFL, Academy games and men’s practice matches to be played there. Our Club and the AFL have identified 20-25 major events that will be staged in Springfield annually.

The boutique arena will accommodate up to 10,000 spectators for major sports matches and community events. A grandstand, seating over 600 spectators, will include technical infrastructure to support the broadcasting of major events.

Pedestrian concourses, seating, shade and catering facilities will ensure that the facility meets the modern expectations of spectators in relation to comfort and disabled accessibility.

Community sports matches will be played on the main oval as scheduling permits, with infrastructure to support community use to be built underneath the grandstand. The arena will also be suitable to stage non-sporting events including festivals and community gatherings.

The arena is easily accessible in terms of transport, with Springfield Central railway station located 150 metres from the ground. A new multi-storey car park is under construction at a site adjacent to Brighton Homes Arena that will provide more than 1,000 car parks for rail commuters on weekdays and for attendees of major arena events.


Brighton Homes Arena is a state-of-the-art training and administration facility that will include a boutique arena which will seat 10,000 people.

We are proud that the facility is the first in Australia to provide equal elite training facilities for professional men’s and women’s teams.

Brighton Homes Arena features a 50m x 35m indoor training field and a high-performance gymnasium, which will be large enough to support AFL, AFLW and Academy team training sessions.

A lap pool and aquatic recovery pools will better assist the players in their recovery and advanced learning and teaching facilities will better enhance our athlete development programs.

Brighton Homes Arena will also help foster the next generation of footballers in Queensland, through the Brisbane Lions Academy. The program exposes junior players to industry coaches and staff and provides a pathway to forming a professional career in the AFL and AFLW competitions.

Academy enrolment has grown from 80 to 300 elite athletes over the past five years and the Clubs seeks to grow this to 580 athletes by 2021. 



A key feature of Brighton Homes Arena is its accessibility to the local community, with its expansive education and meeting space available to meet the needs of Lions members.

An auditorium and spaces to support meetings and conferences within Brighton Homes Arena will support an expansion of our community education and school curriculum programs, drawing upon experience gained by studying best-practice community outreach programs operating both within Australia and overseas.

Our partner, Multicultural Australia, an organisation which work towards making refugees, migrants and others feel welcome in the Queensland community will be based within the facility.

The Lions and Multicultural Australia have researched industry-leading programs at North Melbourne Football Club and GWS GIANTS and will use community spaces at Brighton Homes Arena to develop national elite programs to support social inclusion and migrant settlement in a uniquely Queensland environment.

Use of the meeting rooms, training facilities, auditorium and a digital media studio will enhance the capability of Multicultural Australia to settle new migrants and refugees

Community facilities within Brighton Home Arena will be used daily from early morning to late in the evening. There will also be capacity to host cultural festivals and events activating all the spaces in the precinct. A shared reception area will include a new Brisbane Lions membership and merchandise shop and a cafe? to provide a vibrant and culturally inclusive meeting place for the community.



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