The North Queensland Stadium
The Queensland Country Bank Stadium was a key project to come out of the Townsville City Deal, and is a centrally located, 25,000 seat, best practice, multi-purpose regional stadium that was officially opened in February 2020. The project provides the necessary infrastructure to deliver more activation and development opportunities for the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area and the Townsville CBD.
The stadium features a pandanus-leaf inspired roof, which was specially designed to withstand North Queensland’s extreme weather. 9,100m2 of special-purpose, durable PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) fabric on the roof and kites is weather, fire and UV resistant. Its smooth Teflon coating allows it to be washed by rain, reducing the need for cleaning
The Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government ($140M), Australian Government ($100M), and Townsville City Council (land and enabling infrastructure), and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Watpac were awarded Managing Contractor of the Stadium build, and worked closely with the principal consultant, Cox Architecture, and its team of local consultants.
The Stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
Key project statistics
- More than 500 local businesses have been engaged in the supply chain
- More than 2,200 jobs were supported during construction
- From catering to security, the venue will provide up to 1,000 jobs during a major event, as well as indirect jobs through suppliers and contractors
To build this landmark for Townsville, it took:
- 23,000 tonnes of concrete
- 2,493 tonnes of steel
- 190,000 bricks and blocks
- 60,000 litres of paint
- 204.5 kilometres of electric cable
- 2 kilometres of beer lines
- 11,000m2 of turf.
New stadium street names
In 2019, the Townsville community was given the opportunity to put forward names for the three new streets in the stadium precinct. Over 1,200 submissions were received and by using popular choices, the decision was made to name the new streets Graham Murray Place, Wally Tallis Way, and Pride Close. Graham Murray and Wally Tallis Senior were both prominent figures in the Townsville football community. Pride close was chosen to reflect the Townsville community sentiment.
For parking and traffic regulations introduced for the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, visit the Stadium Regulated Parking page.
For upcoming event and game days and to plan your trip to the stadium, visit the Stadium official website.
To find out more about the historic Townsville City Deal, a 15 year commitment that seeks to deliver a range of projects, including water security, infrastructure and economic growth to Townsville's residents, visit the Townsville City Deal page.