First look at redeveloped UTAS stadium

The next step in plans to upgrade the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Stadium in Launceston has been confirmed today with the scope of works for this $130 million redevelopment project being announced.

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have each committed $65 million to the redevelopment and upgrade of this important community infrastructure.

In addition to the new eastern stand and plaza entry, the upgrade of the stadium will include a new centre-west stand, an upgrade to match day facilities, sport lighting upgrades and replacing the LED ribbon board.

The redevelopment will also include new corporate and hospitality facilities, food and beverage outlets and patron amenities on the eastern and western side of the stadium, along with improved facilities for users.

Construction is expected to begin in late-2024 and the entire project is expected to be completed in 2027.

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Comments attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The Australian Government is investing $65 million towards the proposed UTAS Stadium redevelopment in Launceston, supporting economic activity and the proud sporting legacy of Tasmania’s north.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the Tasmanian Government to revitalise UTAS Stadium in a way that benefits everybody who uses it and wants to be part of it.

“Today is an important step towards bringing this vision for urban renewal, civic pride and sporting success closer to reality.

“This investment is part of our Government’s commitment to creating a sustainable investment framework for growing cities such as Launceston.”

Quotes attributable to Tasmanian Minister for Stadia and Events Nic Street:

“These upgrades of the UTAS stadium will not only improve the overall experience of players and attendees, it will deliver significant economic knock-on effects for the wider community here in Launceston and provide a state-of-the-art, accessible facility for entertainment, sporting and cultural gatherings.

“We are proud to deliver this upgrade and to be supporting the City of Launceston’s vision to make the city a premier location as not just a sporting and entertainment location but also a business, retail and lifestyle hub.

“I want to thank the Australian Government and Launceston City Council for their commitment to this key project and for recognising the importance of UTAS stadium to the people of Tasmania.”

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Launceston Matthew Garwood:

"The upcoming decision on the transfer of ownership of UTAS Stadium will pave the way for the significant investment committed by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments and ensure continued professional and community usage of the facility.

"The funding commitment for the upgrade and expansion of UTAS Stadium recognises the venue's importance as a sporting and entertainment venue — one which demonstrates ongoing economic, social and cultural benefits to our city and region."

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer of Stadiums Tasmania James Avery:

“I am excited to see a critical piece of Tasmania’s sporting infrastructure receive such strong support from all levels of government.

“We know what powerful economic multipliers stadiums are, from the building phase to gameday revenue, they provide significant benefits to the entire local community.

“By investing in this infrastructure now we are locking into place a bright future for sport and entertainment in northern Tasmania.”