New Queensland Country Bank Stadium comes alive

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
27 February 2020

The new Queensland Country Bank Stadium will rock to Elton John this weekend – the first event in the 25,000-seat venue which Arup played a major role in creating. 

Designed for North Queensland’s tropical weather conditions, the multi-purpose sport and entertainment stadium features best practice structural design and sustainability features. 

The pandanus leaf-inspired cantilevered roof can withstand cyclonic winds and covers more than 75% of seats. The elegant design incorporates ‘folded plates’ to achieve its unique geometry in place of trusses which are traditionally used in stadium roofs.

Sustainability initiatives, including rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency and water saving fixtures, were driven by the Arup team.

We brought our global stadium design and spectator experience understanding to this new city-shaping project for Townsville. Through parametric design, the sinuous and complex roof form was able to be constructed from simple, straight components, ultimately minimising material quantities. ”

Ian Ainsworth Ian Ainsworth Project Director
Queensland Country Bank Stadium at dusk Queensland Country Bank Stadium at dusk
The pandanus leaf-inspired cantilevered roof can withstand cyclonic winds and covers more than 75% of seats.

Arup provided structural engineering, civil engineering, traffic and transport consultancy, environmentally sustainable design and acoustics consultancy services, working closely with COX Architecture, Counterpoint Architecture, Managing Contractor Watpac and venue owner and operator, Stadiums Queensland.

Costing $293 million, the Townsville stadium was delivered in two and a half years by locals, with Watpac engaging an extended supply chain of nearly 500 local trades and businesses.

Last weekend, the public saw inside for the first time during an Open Day event with behind-the-scenes access to coaches’ boxes, commentary booths and players’ change rooms. Scheduled events already include international rugby tests and home games for the North Queensland Cowboys rugby league team.

The stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by Stadiums Queensland, the National Rugby League and North Queensland Cowboys.