A design for Townsville's new $250 million stadium has been revealed, with the facility resembling the region's Pandanus tree.
The winning design was unveiled on Tuesday in Townsville, with a tapered roof opening up to views of the regional centre and Magnetic Island, with construction expected to be completed in time for North Queensland’s 2020 NRL season.
Acting Premier Curtis Pitt, a paid up member of the Cowboys, said he had always seen the stadium as a “symbol of hope” for the Townsville community.
“This stadium is a critical piece of infrastructure and it’s going to be a big jobs generator,” Mr Pitt said.
But he said he was disappointed at the lack of local contractors who had expressed interest in being involved in the project.
Mr Pitt said the footprint between the Pandanus tree and where the Cowboys’ players and fanbase come from was an interesting synergy and he was thrilled with the design.
“People will be able to experience the game in state-of-the-art facilities,” he said.