Queensland Country Bank Stadium, previously known as the North Queensland Stadium, came to life as part of the historic Townsville City Deal. The project delivered a world class, 25,000 seat multi-purpose regional arena in time for the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season, with the facility home to the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team and an attractive venue for major music acts.

A joint project of the Queensland Government, Stadiums Queensland, Australian Government, Townsville City Council and supported by the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys, NDY worked with each project partner to understand their requirements and provide a unified design solution that captured their needs.

To build this striking new landmark it took:

  • 23,000 tonnes of concrete
  • 2,493 tonnes of steel
  • 190,000 bricks and blocks
  • 60,000 litres of paint
  • 5 kilometres of electric cable
  • 2 kilometres of beer lines
  • 11,000 sq m of turf.

NDY provided sophisticated audio visual and lighting design for the project. With the stadium’s roof continuous around the arena except for one end where it is open to the sky, sports lighting and public address coverage required careful consideration. The solution included delivery of broadcast television grade sports lighting for the area of the field adjacent to this space.

The stadium’s internal spaces include state-of-the-art audio visual services. External areas have been designed with the latest LED technology sports lighting and include a large videoboard inside the arena.

NDYLIGHT worked closely with Cox Architecture to develop feature lighting that illuminates the stadium, creating an exciting atmosphere for visitors and a recognisable addition to the city skyline. One of the key features of the design, the solution uses reflections from the sails mounted on the building’s unique façade in order to provide uplighting to the stadium.

Providing a facility that will be used by North Queenslanders for generations to come, the project also delivered an infrastructure boost for Townsville, creating local employment and development opportunities for the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area and CBD. In addition, the Queensland Country Bank Stadium project scored a hat trick at the 2020 Master Builders North Queensland Awards, winning in the following categories:

  • Project of the Year
  • Best Sporting Facility
  • Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety.