Stadium being demolished

WORK has started on the Gold Coast stadium the Queensland government hopes will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Demolition of the old stadium at Carrara began yesterday, with construction of the new 25,000-seat AFL stadium to begin in January, and end in May 2011.

Premier Anna Bligh said the new facility would allow the state to bid for more cricket and concert events, but the AFL alone would inject $34 million through tourism each year.

“What Queenslanders understand is that Victorians, particularly, are passionate about their football,” Ms Bligh said.

“What we want to see is them coming here for the weekend, to see their favourite team play and to bring their families to visit theme parks, play a game of golf, enjoy a good restaurant, to enjoy the beaches and to add to their experience of the game.”



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