Upgrade works have been completed at the Sunshine Coast Stadium based at Bokarina on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The new stadium was ready in time for a pre-season game between rugby league teams the Melbourne Storm and Vodafone Warriors on 11 February 2017 to a sold out crowd.
The Sunshine Coast Stadium is part of the Kawana Sports Precinct and is managed by the Sunshine Coast Council. A premier facility for sport, leisure and events, the Kawana Sports Precinct consists of the Sunshine Coast Stadium, a High Performance Training Facility, Western Fields and Lake Kawana. Located close by, the Kawana Aquatic Centre facilities are often integrated with other facilities to create optimal training and training camp experiences for athletes.
To be ready in time for the pre-season match on 11 February 2017 between the Storm and the Warriors, tight deadlines were in force for all contractors involved in the upgrade works but were completed in time. Working closely with the civil and turf contractors to deliver the project on time and on budget, TIS’ experienced installation team were able to meet the deadlines.
As part of the irrigation system upgrade, TIS installed a water efficient, automatic, underground irrigation system to the new stadium playing surface and spectator mounds utilising the latest Toro equipment. The system is capable of applying water to the turfed areas uniformly and accurately as required by the Stadium curator.
First Class Facilities
As was evident at the grand opening of the new stadium facilities at the Storm vs Warriors rugby league game, the sold out crowd got to experience the first class facilities available. The upgrade works has now increased seating from 7,500 to 10,000 spectators. According to the Storm CEO, Mr Dave Donaghy, the upgrade works has taken “a beautiful ground to start with, even before the upgrade, now to an exceptional ground”.
Other upgrade works included electrical works, pathways and driveways, fencing, landscaping and tree planting which represents the biggest change to the stadium since it opened in 2011.
Home to the Sunshine Coast Falcons (Intrust Super Club – Rugby League) and Sunshine Coast Fire (PlayStation 4 National Premier League – Soccer), there’s the potential to host other sporting and entertainment events.
For more information regarding the irrigation works on this project or any other project, please don’t hesitate to contact Brett Peel, Director at TIS on 3245 6000 or any of the other expert irrigation specialists at TIS. For your next stadium upgrade, sporting field or sports turf upgrade, contact TIS for a quote.