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For those who remember this is much like my idea of a Brisbane Institue of Sport, where all medical, training and accomadation facilities are under the one roof. :banana:

Ballymore and the Australian National Rugby Academy
The two stage, 12.7 hectare (31.5 acre) Ballymore project will become the internationally recognised centre for Australian Rugby as well as provide significant flow-on benefits to other sports and the local and wider communities including medical and recreational facilities.

As the new home of the Australian National Rugby Academy, Ballymore will accommodate a range of facilities in three broad categories (subject to the necssary approvals):

Sporting facilities including
• A new public gymnasium
• A redeveloped elite sports gymnasium
• A 50m training pool, open to the general public out of season
• A covered training area

Residential facilities including
• A sports team village planned on strong team building principles

Commercial facilities including
• A sports medicine centre with hydrotherapy facility, MRI, radiology
• A combined conference centre/club/restaurant
• A Rugby Hall of Fame
• Sports-orientated commercial accommodation


The plan and images can be found here
http://www.qru.com.au/qru/qru.rugby/page/64331
 

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The Plan

Subject to the necessary approvals, Ballymore will incorporate the three existing playing fields, a new two-level commercial office with undercover parking and the following new facilities:

• Two team villages containing a series of four 2 and 3-storey single room apartments. A total of 50 twin share rooms in the first stage, with king single beds for players and management.
• A combined conference centre/club/restaurant facility.
• A Rugby Hall of Fame.
• Team common – a focus/bonding area central to the village and overlooking the accommodation, complete with superb BBQ facilities.
• New 4,000m2 public gymnasium and indoor sports centre.
• An eight lane 50m pool adjacent to the gym, with public access during thesummer season.
• A sports medicine facility.
• A QRU club facility/conference centre with dining and breakout facilities serving the conference centre and the team village.
Upgrades/renovations will include:
• Existing 1,000m2 HP gym renovated.
• Relocation of QRU, rugby training/coaches to Level 1 of McLean Stand and refurbishment as required of players and medical areas on ground level.
• Seating areas of McLean Stand to be generally refurbished including removal of corporate boxes and replacement with seating.
• Refurbishment of area behind the McLean Stand including demolition of sheds, refurbished and extended toilets and a landscaped lawn area capable of ‘bump in’ marquee/corporate facility.
• General refurbishment and provision of new picnic facilities along Enoggera Creek. Includes removal of existing corporate shed structures.
• Potential grant of 10m riparian zone to BCC for public parkland and bike path. To be maintained by BCC but seamless interface with Ballymore Park.
• Part of number 2 field to be roofed with a retractable
 

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Good stuff, this will save Ballymore from the brink. Hopefully QRU will realise there madness of moving all Reds games to Suncorp and bring them back to Ballymore soon.
 

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Good news for Ballymore, if this didn't go ahead it would've eventually turned into nothing more than a suburban ground.


Good stuff, this will save Ballymore from the brink. Hopefully QRU will realise there madness of moving all Reds games to Suncorp and bring them back to Ballymore soon.
Watch the crowds drop from 10,000 to 2,000 if they do that.
 

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??? Why???

Ballymore averaged about 20,000 per game when S12 was played there, with capacity at 24,000. Suncorp this year averaged about 17,000, meaning about 36,000 empty seats.
 

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I should have probably noted that this ARU national academy is being funded by a $25 million grant from the Fed govt, with a possible $1 million funding each year(if i read it correctly).

??? Why???

Ballymore averaged about 20,000 per game when S12 was played there, with capacity at 24,000. Suncorp this year averaged about 17,000, meaning about 36,000 empty seats.
Because Ballymore is too hard to get to for anyone on the south side of Brisbane. Its all about a longer term investment by moving the games to Suncorp Stadium, it is the best stadium in the country to watch rugby.

The last two years have being grim for the Reds, 3rd last and last in consecutive season is going to drop any teams crowds. I do admit a 1/3 full suncorp has crap atmosphere in comparison to a 3/4 ballymore.

Also part of the QR sponsorship has a clause that says the Reds have to play at Suncorp stadium otherwise the sponsorship can be cancelled.
 
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