Stadium Mackay

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Virgin Australia Stadium
Virgin australia stadium logo.png
Location Cnr Casey Ave & Bridge Road, Mackay, Queensland
Coordinates 21°9′49″S 149°11′2″E / 21.16361°S 149.18389°E / -21.16361; 149.18389Coordinates: 21°9′49″S 149°11′2″E / 21.16361°S 149.18389°E / -21.16361; 149.18389
Broke ground 2010
Built 2011
Opened 20 August 2011 (2011-08-20)
Owner Mackay Regional Council
Surface Grass
Construction cost A$ 11.3 million
Architect Alan Griffith Architect
Capacity 12,200 [1]
Website www.virginaustraliastadium.com.au
Tenants
Mackay Cutters (QLD Cup) (2011-present)
Whitsunday Miners (QSL) (2011-present)

Stadium Mackay, currently known as its sponsored name Virgin Australia Stadium, is a rectangular football stadium situated in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. The stadium is home to the Queensland Cup's Mackay Cutters and Queensland State League's Whitsunday Miners.

Stadium[edit]

The 12,200 capacity stadium was funded by the Australian Government at a cost of 11.3 million and opened on 20 August 2011 at a Mackay Cutters home game.[2] The stadium consist of a western grandstand that can accommodate 2,000 people including 10 corporate boxes, 6 corporate suites and broadcast box.[3] 2.5 million of the total 11.3 million cost of the stadium was spent on installing lighting that is of NRL and television standard so that the stadium could possible host regular season NRL matches.[4] On 18 August 2011, it was announced that the new ground would be renamed to Virgin Australia Stadium after airline Virgin Australia purchased the naming rights to the stadium. [5]

On Sunday 24 June 2012, Virgin Australia Stadium hosted its first NRL game when the 2nd placed Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs played a 'home' game at the venue against the ladder leading Melbourne Storm in Round 16 of the 2012 NRL season, the NRL's Women in League Round. In front of a ground record crowd of 11,876 the Bulldogs defeated the Storm 20-4 with Mackay product Ben Barba setting up one of the tries of the season for Bulldogs team mate Josh Morris. Barba fielded a Storm kick only one metre from the dead ball line, then evaded his opposition and ran 70 metres down field before centre kicking for Morris to score next to the posts for what was a 109 metre try.

The Stadium hosted its second NRL game on 7 July 2013 when the Bulldogs hosted the Newcastle Knights in Round 17 of the 2013 NRL season.

The stadium hosted a pre-season match between A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC on 16 September 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clare, Bianca. "Work to start on new stadium". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Williams, Tom. "It's game on for Miners". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Bastable, Kate. "Countdown is on for kickoff". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Newborn, Jamie. "Light towers go up at stadium". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Virgin sponsors Stadium Mackay". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Brisbane to roar into our stadium". The Daily Mercury. Retrieved 1 August 2012.