Will the Men's Team be playing games at the Reserve?
No, the men's team will continue to play home games at the Gabba. We are close to finalising a further 20 year agreement with the Gabba for men's home games.
How long is the lease at Springfield?
The initial term is 50 years.
Why does the Club need to move?
The demand for AFL Women's matches in South East Queensland exceeds the capacity of available community grounds. As the AFLW season occurs during the cricket season there is limited opportunity to play at the Gabba so it is vital that we develop a venue that can become the home of our women's team.
The Brisbane Lions have outgrown their current facilities at the Gabba. The facilities at the Gabba are fast becoming dated. Further, as the Gabba is also a cricket venue we are unable to train at the ground between October and March each year so our pre-season training is spread across Coorparoo and other community venues. In most cases, this means training at one venue and then returning to the Gabba for recovery and gym sessions. Our men's and women's teams presently train at separate venues.
What happened to the proposal to go to the airport?
Due to the success of AFLW and the need to identify a venue for AFLW matches the site proposed for the facility was no longer viable due to lack of transport access and inability to provide broadcast lighting due to flight path issues. Further additional noise studies relating to the second airport runway indicated difficulties for the site.
What process has the Club followed in reaching this decision?
A thorough and robust process was undertaken by management and the Board, in consultation with the AFL, in deciding on the Springfield site.
The process started in early 2011 and a large number of sites have been considered and this site has been determined to be the best alternative for a lot of reasons including the ability to develop a boutique stadium for AFLW, proximity to public transport and other facilities and the financial benefits to the Club which will assist to make the Club financially sustainable.
What presence will the Club maintain at The Gabba?
The Lions will continue to play its home games at the Gabba. If you are a member – your seat will remain the same. The men's team will continue to have some training sessions at the Gabba during the season.
What presence will the Club maintain at its alternate training venue at Cooparoo?
The Lions' current alternative training venue at Coorparoo will remain under the control of AFLQ for use by community sports clubs – importantly Australian Football clubs. It is currently the most used AFL precinct in the country so our relocation will free the precinct up for more community football.
Will members be able to watch training at the new facility?
Yes – open sessions as advertised by the Club will remain accessible by members and, as the site is immediately adjacent to a major public transporation hub, accessing the facility will be easy.
What does the Springfield Reserve include?
A boutique arena capable of accommodating crowds of around 10,000 which will be the home of the Brisbane Lions AFLW team and will be able to be utilised for pre-season and NEAFL men's games, a national best-practice training and administration facility catering for our men's and women's elite players and our Hyundai Help For Kids Academy, community education and meeting spaces, a café and aquatic facilities.
Does the establishment of the facility at Springfield mean the Club would consider changing its name?
No. The Club will always be known as the Brisbane Lions. Springfield is part of the growing footprint of the greater Brisbane area.
Will the Reserve include car parking?
Yes, there will be onsite parking for day to day activities. Also, a new multi-storey carpark is under construction for a site adjacent to the Reserve to provide additional parking capacity for Springfield Central rail commuters on weekdays and for attendees of major arena events.
What is the timeline for the project?
Preparatory earthworks have been completed and construction will commence in the first quarter of 2020. We plan to move into the new facility in late 2021.
Does the Reserve at Springfield allow for future expansion?
Where will the Reserve rank against other elite sporting facilities?
The new facility will provide the Lions with a world-class training and administration facility and will be the first to provide equal facilities for both men's and women's elite athletes. The facility will allow the Club to provide its players with the best possible training as well as providing the community with a great asset to utilise.
Who is funding the project?
The Federal Government, Queensland Government, Ipswich City Council, AFL and Brisbane Lions have come together to fund the project.
Will any other major tenants occupy the facility?
We have partnered with Multicultural Australia, Queensland's largest provider of migrant and refugee support services. MA will site staff at the facility and operate a range of community programs from The Reserve including a multicultural-focused childcare centre. There will also be a café, merchandise store and tenancies occupied by providers in the health and fitness sector.
Does the project include any environmentally sustainable design initiatives?
Yes. The design includes extensive energy efficiency and water harvesting initiatives, with passive heating and cooling also designed. The Club is planning an extensive solar array for the roof and is in the final stages of considering electric vehicle charging and district cooling system technologies for inclusion in the final design.
Is there contaminated soil on-site?
A small volume of contaminated soil has been removed from the site as part of the preparatory earthworks stage in line with necessary environmental waste management requirements.
Has the building design considered visitors with a disability?
Yes. The facility will fully comply with disabled access requirements and provide a much-enhanced experience for AFLW fans with a disability.
Who will manage the facility?
Will there be a commercial cafe/bar?
Will naming rights to the facility be sold?
The Club will have the ability to sell the naming rights under the lease agreement which will assist with the financial sustainability of the Club.
Does the project include a gaming venue?
No, there will not be a gaming venue on-site.
How will the Reserve recognise our Club's unique history?
The grandstand is explicitly being designed to reference Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Oval and the broader arena design incorporates architectural elements that connect with our Queensland and Fitzroy histories. We are working with the Club’s historical societies to curate our rich collections of memorabilia so that Club supporters can view and enjoy important items from our past, including the Club's Premiership Cups and flags.
Who owns the land?
The Reserve will be owned by Ipswich City Council and leased to the Brisbane Lions Football Club.