• Mayor Tom Tate

Mayor targets boutique stadium for Coast

The Gold Coast will secure more concerts and unique sports events, if Mayor Tom Tate is re-elected.

"I want a boutique stadium funded on a private-public partnership model,'' he said.

"One sport I will ask our new Major Events Corporation to chase is the emerging e-sports and e-games market.

"These on-line tournaments attract up to 10,000 fans who watch teams compete for prizes and fame on e-games.

Stadiums in the US, Asia and Europe are now attracting around 12,000 spectators. The atmosphere is like a rock concert and the competition often runs over several days.

"Our stadium would cater for crowds of around 10,000-15,000. A stadium of this design will give us more leverage as we chase a multitude of sports and events.

“We have the big stadiums now, with Robina and Carrara capable of 25,000-plus patrons. As our city heads towards one million, we need diverse infrastructure to appeal to local, national and international event promoters.

“If re-elected on March 28, I will look to partner with the State, Council and even private enterprise to deliver a boutique stadium. Any site must be near existing public transport. A venue of this size will support our existing indoor, and outdoor, facilities.

“It is too early to confirm costings as that would depend on the final site, and how the private-public partnership was structured. Suburbs like Miami and Southport are possibilities. The key will be to have it on a reliable public transport route.''

Mayor Tate said a boutique stadium may also attract headline artists performing in a Brisbane, to play more personalised shows on the coast.

“HOTA has its unique appeal and can handle a few thousand patrons outdoors, so this concept is the perfect ‘fit’ between HOTA, the convention centre and our big stadiums.''

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