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 Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy which has grown larger each year.
Our initial Springfield project hit a government funding hurdle in 2013 which necessitated a rethink of the proposal. 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.
We conducted a thorough review of options and recommitted to the Springfield site in 2017 with a broader AFLW arena concept and enhanced community access. In 2018 and 2019 we diligently secured partner funding from Ipswich City Council, the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments and the AFL to commence building our new home, which had the working title of ‘The Reserve Community Arena at Springfield.’
Construction commenced in 2020, and in early 2021 the Lions announced a naming rights partnership to brand the precinct as Brighton Homes Arena.
Brisbane-based Hutchison Builders were awarded the Head Contract with construction to be completed in September 2022.