The Gabba 1965 - Stadiums Queensland History

Our History

Stadiums Queensland (previously Major Sports Facilities Authority) was established by an act Parliament, called the Major Sports Facilities Act 2001,  on 1 December 2001. 
The organisation commenced operation on 21 December of that same year and immediately assumed ownership and responsibility of the Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba). The Gabba is home to the Brisbane Lions. The Gabba is also the home of cricket in Queensland hosting international tests, and serving as the home base for the Brisbane Heat and the Queensland Bulls.  
On 30 June 2002, Stadiums Queensland assumed responsibility for the three former Brisbane City Council major venues, the QEII Sports Complex (now  the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre), Sleeman Sports Complex and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Shortly after, in 2003 Stadiums Queensland assumed ownership of the redeveloped Brisbane Stadium (Suncorp Stadium), Queensland’s largest sporting and entertainment facility. The stadium is home to the Brisbane Broncos, the Dolphins, the Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Roar. 
In 2004 Townsville Stadium at Kirwan became Stadiums Queensland’s sixth major sporting and entertainment facility. 
On 17 February 2008 the $160 million Robina Stadium (Cbus Super Stadium) was officially opened by Premier Anna Bligh with Peoples Day attracting 22,000 fans. The stadium is home to the Gold Coast Titans. 
On the second of January 2009 the $82million Queensland Tennis Centre was officially opened, before welcoming some of the world’s best tennis players through the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

The $144.2 million Carrara Stadium (People First Stadium) was officially opened on 22 May 2011 and hosted its first AFL fixture on 28 May 2011, becoming Stadiums Queensland's ninth major sporting and entertainment facility. The venue is leased to the AFL and operated by the Gold Coast Suns

And more recently on 22 February 2020, North Queensland Stadium (Queensland Country Bank Stadium) was officially opened to the public replacing the ageing Townsville Stadium at Kirwan and becoming the new home of the mighty North Queensland Cowboys NRL team in Townsville. 
Today, Stadiums Queensland owns nine major sports facilities across its diverse portfolio which are valued at $3.7 billion worth of sporting and entertainment infrastructure.