NEW VIDEO REPLAY SCREENS UPDATE
Queensland’s live sport fans and concert goers will soon feel even closer to the on-field action, with Watpac today announced as the project contractor to deliver new screens at the Gabba and Suncorp Stadium.
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said more than $7million would be invested into the project to deliver four new high definition LED screens to the venues.
“It’s hard to beat a day of cricket at The Gabba, or a night at a concert at Suncorp Stadium, but these new screens will ensure an even better atmosphere at these iconic venues,” Minister de Brenni said.
“The screens will be installed by Watpac who are well-suited to the job with their local knowledge and stadium experience, having also constructed The Gabba, CBUS Super Stadium, and Metricon Stadium and were also part of the joint venture to redevelop Suncorp Stadium,” he said.
“The huge 147 square metre, HD LED video display screens for The Gabba and the colossal 167 square metre, HD LED video display screens for Suncorp Stadium have been designed to provide excellent image and video quality, even over long distances.
“Investing in this infrastructure will allow sporting codes and event promoters more opportunities to interact with fans and also ensure Queensland continues to be able to attract the biggest and best sporting and entertainment events.”
Member for Mount Coot-tha Steven Miles said the new jumbo screens will only further cement Suncorp Stadiums position as the greatest football venue in the country.
“There is no sporting experience in the world that beats a packed out cauldron cheering Queensland teams on,” Dr Miles said.
“These mammoth new screens will take things to the next level.
“You can just imagine a pack house glued to the screen as it plays a slo-mo replay of Paul Gallen coughing up the ball. These are the moments that bring Queenslanders together.”
Watpac Limited Construction QLD/NT State Manager Drew Brockhurst said the company was delighted to be delivering this project in its home state of Queensland.
“Watpac has been involved in building a number of Queensland’s iconic venues, and it is wonderful that we are playing a role in the evolution of this much-loved stadium,” Mr Brockhurst said.
“Installation of the new screens will begin in March, and we hope the new screens will provide fans with an even better experience.”
The screen installation at The Gabba will be staggered, with the eastern located screen installed during the AFL season and the western located screen installed before the Ashes. The screens will be installed at Suncorp Stadium by the middle of the year.