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Department of State Growth

Southern Stadium

A new and high-quality sporting and entertainment venue for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government has announced a commitment to planning the development of a new Hobart sporting and event stadium at Regatta Point. The stadium will be the home of a Tasmanian AFL team, which will seat over 25,000 fans and 30,000 people for concerts.

A preliminary feasibility assessment looked at several site possibilities, which could host a contemporary Tier 2 stadium and be within easy commuting distance of central Hobart.

The Regatta Point site is the preferred location due to its proximity to the city, topography, and connections from the water. Surrounded by the River Derwent, the city of Hobart, kunanyi/Mt Wellington, and the Tasman Bridge, it will be an iconic waterfront stadium, attracting elite sporting and entertainment events to Tasmania.

Regatta Point is significant for many people, particularly with the importance of the Cenotaph, the Royal Hobart Regatta, and the Hobart Port and Macquarie Point users. It is also home to the Musical Theatre Crew. Accordingly, there will be thorough and coordinated planning and design processes with stakeholders.

Features

The new stadium will consider:

  • Functionality for rectangular sporting codes to be played (soccer/rugby).
  • Modern state-of-the-art media facilities, corporate boxes, and function facilities.
  • Designed to be a concert venue to attract audiences of 30,000.
  • Potential for a retractable roof for all-weather playing and performances, making it one of two only such AFL venues in the country.

A southern stadium forms a key element of a long-term vision for sporting and entertainment infrastructure across Tasmania. It builds on the Government’s significant investments into and plans for existing major facilities such as MyState Bank Arena, the Wilkinsons Point precinct and UTAS Stadium in Launceston. Blundstone Arena would remain the home of Cricket with all forms, including Tests being played there with the option for the larger Stadium to be used when capacity becomes an issue.

Site selection

You can read the site selection process report below. It includes:

  • scope
  • project brief
  • site consideration criteria
  • site assessments
  • comparative analysis
  • report findings.

View the report (Adobe PDF)