New Entertainment Centre proposed for Brisbane CBD

Brisbane CBD could soon see even more change if plans for a major indoor entertainment arena goes ahead.

Costing $400 million, this state of the art entertainment complex would host concerts featuring international music stars, indoor sporting events as well as family shows and ice spectaculars, with the capacity to hold 15,000 people.

A decision to its final site has yet to be made, but the favourite location so far is the riverside Parmalat dairy factory in South Brisbane, next door to the existing South Bank cultural precinct.

Brisbane CBD is already undergoing a huge regeneration with plans already approved for the Queen’s Wharf Precinct which will house the brand new Star Casino and resort costing $3 billion. If the Parmalat site is chosen then the new entertainment centre will be an easy walk away from the new Queen’s Wharf Precinct.

Boondall is the current site of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre which is thought to still have a future even with this proposed new entertainment centre for the city. Located approximately 20km from the city, the current Entertainment Centre still has plenty of life left in it, despite being 30 years old. It is thought that with another indoor stadium in the city; it will help Brisbane attract major events like the 2028 Olympic Games in the future and help boost its status of an emerging world city. It will also allow the possibility of more than one major event happening at the same time.

Currently those who attend events at the current Brisbane Entertainment Centre come from all areas and are geographically widespread. It is thought that this proposed inner-city location will not be the best position for it, but there will always be some dispute when location is involved. However, having an Entertainment Centre in an inner-city location would be hugely beneficial and highly accessible for many more people.

AEG Ogden, part of the international giant Anschutz Entertainment Group is the company proposing this brand new development. AEG Ogden already runs 130 top venues right across the world including the iconic London O2 and Australian venues including Suncorp Stadium and Perth Arena and is about to open the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

According to the AEG Ogden chairman and chief executive Harvey Lister, “Brisbane’s success in attracting top events meant a new venue would soon be needed, and the worldwide trend was for inner-city locations with good public transport access.”

“It is a new world city and it is time for the fans of music, family events and indoor sports to be provided with the next generation top-level facilities.”

This new Entertainment Centre would house headline events, whilst the existing Brisbane Entertainment Centre would have a greater focus on sporting events.

There are however other alternative locations proposed which includes an arena on top of a planned underground train station at the former GoPrint site in Woolloongabba, close to the cricket stadium; however the Parmalat site, on the Kurilpa peninsula is the preferred location so far.

The State Government is investigating the arena plan further under its market-led projects scheme.

This is a very exciting time for Brisbane with plenty of new developments happening right across the city including new off the plan residential developments which are taking to the skies. The city is certainly getting a lot more attention and is one city that shouldn’t go amiss.
Published on 1st of March 2016 by Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich

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