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The Reserve / rɪˈzəːv / noun |
A connected space set aside for the community | An extra player supporting a cutting edge team | An exhilarating big game space where fierce lions reign

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The Reserve

The Brisbane Lions are proud of our club's combined VFL/AFL history that spans 135 years and two cities. As we celebrate over 150 years of Australian football in Queensland, our club enjoys access to one of the best match-day stadiums in Australia, partnerships with some of Australia's leading businesses and a passionate supporter base drawn from across the nation.

Our main priorities moving forward are to develop a home for our AFLW team and a high performance training and administration centre to support our male and female elite athletes, the Hyundai Help for Kids Academy and provide a platform for greater engagement with our fans and community partners.

Over the past three years, we have completed an extensive analysis of available sites and have negotiated with several landowners to develop a facility plan that provides the best elite training, boutique arena along with community and commercial outcomes that can be achieved to guarantee our success into the future. We are confident that the selected site at Springfield in southern Brisbane will become the best community sports precinct in Australia and enable us to grow our presence both within Brisbane and nationally. We are excited to share our plans with you.

'The Reserve' will be a complete regional sports and events precinct. The project centres upon a boutique arena that will accommodate up to 10,000 spectators to witness elite sports matches and major community events staged on the main oval. The Reserve will be the home of AFL Women's matches and second-tier AFL events in South East Queensland.

Football

Our national best-practice facility will include a high-performance gymnasium incorporating state of the art learning & teaching facilitites, lap pool and aquatic recovery pools and sports medical infrastructure. The facility will be the first in Australia to provide elite training facilities for professional men's and women's teams within the facility footprint.

The Reserve will also provide growth capacity for the Hyundai Help for Kids Brisbane Lions Academy. Our academy fosters the talent of Queensland's best junior and youth AFL athletes and provides a pathway to professional careers in the AFL and AFL Women's competitions. Academy enrolment has grown from 80 to 300 elite athletes over the past five years and the club seeks to grow this to 580 athletes by 2020 – a comparable number to the NSW AFL club academy systems.

Our Home

There is an urgent need to construct an arena to fixture the 2020 AFL Women's competition. The demand for AFL Women's matches in South East Queensland has been shown to exceed the capacity of available community venues.

The boutique arena will accommodate up to 10,000 spectators for major sports matches and community events. A grandstand seating 1,000 spectators will include technical infrstructure to support the broadcasting of major events

The Brisbane Lions and AFL have identified 20-25 major events that will be staged at The Reserve annually, including AFL Women's and AFL pre-season matches, plus local NEAFL and QAFL matches

Pedestrian concourses, seating, shade and catering facilities will ensure that the facility meets the expectations of modern spectators in relation to comfort and disabled accessibility.

Community sports matches will be played on the main oval as scheduling permits, with infrastructure to support community use to be built underneath the grandstand. The arena will be suitable to stage non-sport events including festivals and community gatherings

A new multi-storey car park is under construction at a site adjacent to The Reserve that will provide over 1,000 car parks for Springfield Central rail commuters on weekdays and for attendees of major arena events.

Our Community

A key feature of The Reserve is its expansive education and meeting spaces that will be accessible to the community and help the Lions to meet the needs of their 24,000 match and 140,000 social members.

An auditorium and spaces to support meetings and conferences within the Brisbane Lions High-Performance Training and Administration Centre will support an expansion of the Lions' community education and school curriculum programs, drawing upon experience gained by studying best-practice community outreach programs operating both within Australia and overseas.

The Lions and MDA have researched industry-leading programs at North Melbourne Football Club and GWS Giants and will use community spaces at The Reserve to develop national best-practice programs to support social inclusion and migrant settlement in a uniquely Queensland environment.

Use of the meeting rooms, training facilities, auditorium and a digital media studio will enhance the capability of MDA to settle new migrants and refugees, while resource sharing and staff collaboration between MDA and the Brisbane Lions will be facilitated by the facility design.

Community facilities within The Reserve will be used daily from early morning to late in the evening. There will also be capacity to host cultural festivals and events activating all the spaces in the precinct. A shared reception area will include a new Brisbane Lions membership and merchandise shop and a café to provide a vibrant and culturally inclusive meeting place for the community.

Springfield Snapshot

  • Springfield is located 26 km (20 minutes' drive via the Centenary Highway) from the Brisbane CBD.
  • It is located within Queensland's fastest growing region and the third-fastest growing region nationally.
  • The population in the region is expected to increase from 195,000 to between 461,000 and 580,000 by 2031
  • The Reserve will be owned by Ipswich City Council and leased to the Brisbane Lions Football Club. ICC and the Lions have executed a Heads of Agreement that commits Council to the constructing The Reserve and commits the Lions to relocating our High Performance Training and Administration Centre to the site.
  • There is a higher density of young people and families within Springfield as compared to the greater metropolitan Brisbane.
  • Springfield is the main retail, commercial, health and education centre for Brisbane's residential communities located along the Centenary Highway.

Snapshot

Disclaimer: While Springfield Land Corporation (No. 2) Pty Ltd and Springfield Land Corporation Pty Ltd and their related entities (Springfield) use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information, errors or omissions sometimes occur. To the full extent permitted by law, Springfield disclaims all warranties, express or implied and will not be liable to any person for any cost, loss or damage suffered as a result of reliance on this document or Springfield's failure to provide any update. Users are responsible for evaluating the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information or other content contained in this document. No person should rely or act on information in this document without obtaining professional or additional advice. All information in this document is provided “as is” and is subject to change without prior notice. Springfield reserves the right to change this document without notice from time to time. April 2017

FAQ

  • Will the men's team be playing games at The Reserve?

    No, the men's team will continue to play home games at the Gabba. We are close to finalising a further 20 year agreement with the Gabba for men's home games.

  • How long is the lease at Springfield?

    The initial term is 50 years

  • Why does the club need to move?

    The demand for AFL Women's matches in South East Queensland exceeds the capacity of available community grounds. As the AFLW season occurs during the cricket season there is limited opportunity to play at the Gabba so it is vital that we develop a venue that can become the home of our women's team.

    The Brisbane Lions have outgrown their current facilities at the Gabba. The facilities at the Gabba are fast becoming dated. Further, as the Gabba is also a cricket venue we are unable to train at the ground between October and March each year so our pre-season training is spread across Coorparoo and other community venues. In most cases this means training at one venue and then returning to the Gabba for recovery and gym sessions. Our men's and women's teams presently train at separate venues.

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROPOSAL TO GO TO THE AIRPORT?

    Due to the success of AFLW and the need to identify a venue for AFLW matches the site proposed for the facility was no longer viable due to lack of transport access and inability to provide broadcast lighting due to flight path issues. Further additional noise studies relating to the second airport runway indicated difficulties for the site.

  • WHAT PROCESS HAS THE CLUB FOLLOWED IN REACHING THIS DECISION?

    A thorough and robust process was undertaken by management and the Board, in consultation with the AFL, in deciding on the Springfield site.

    The process started in early 2011 and a large number of sites have been considered and this site has been determined to be the best alternative for a lot of reasons including the ability to develop a boutique stadium for AFLW, proximity to public transport and other facilities and the financial benefits to the Club which will assist to make the Club financially sustainable.

  • WHAT PRESENCE WILL THE CLUB MAINTAIN AT THE GABBA?

    The Lions will continue to play its home games at the Gabba. If you are a member – your seat will remain the same. The men's team will continue to have some training sessions at the Gabba during the season.

  • WHAT PRESENCE WILL THE CLUB MAINTAIN AT ITS ALTERNATE TRAINING VENUE AT COORPAROO?

    The Lions' current alternative training venue at Coorparoo will remain under the control of AFLQ for use by community sports clubs – importantly Australian Football clubs. It is currently the most used AFL precinct in the country so our relocation will free the precinct up for more community football.

  • WHERE CAN LIONS MEMBERS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RESERVE AND THE DECISION?

    The Lions' website, lions.com.au, is the best place to get updates from the Club about the project.

  • WILL MEMBERS BE ABLE TO WATCH TRAINING AT THE NEW FACILITY?

    Yes – open sessions as advertised by the Club will remain accessible by members and, as the site is immediately adjacent to a major public transporation hub, accessing the facility will be easy.

  • WHAT DOES THE SPRINGFIELD RESERVE INCLUDE?

    A boutique arena capable of accommodating crowds of around 10,000 which will be the home of the Brisbane Lions AFLW team and will be able to be utilised for pre-season and NEAFL men's games, a national best-practice training and administration facility catering for our men's and women's elite players and out Hyundai Help For Kids Academy, community education and meeting spaces, a café and aquatic facilities.

  • DOES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FACILITY AT SPRINGFIELD MEAN THE CLUB WOULD CONSIDER CHANGING ITS NAME?

    No. The Club will always be known as the Brisbane Lions. Springfield is part of the growing footprint of the greater Brisbane area.

  • WILL THE RESERVE INCLUDE CAR PARKING?

    Yes, there will be onsite parking for day to day activities. Also, a new multi storey carpark is under construction for a site adjacent to the Reserve to provide additional parking capacity for Springfield Central rail commuters on weekdays and for attendees of major arena events.

  • WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE PROJECT?

    Subject to confirmation of funding being sought from the Queensland Governement, the Club hopes to be in the new facility sometime in 2020.

  • DOES THE RESERVE AT SPRINGFIELD ALLOW FOR FUTURE EXPANSION?

    Yes.

  • WHERE WILL THE RESERVE RANK AGAINST OTHER ELITE SPORTING FACILITIES?

    The new facility will provide the Lions with a world-class training and administration facility and will be the first to provide equal facilities for both men's and women's elite athletes. The facility will allow the Club to provide its players with the best possible training as well as providing the community with a great asset to utilise.

  • WHAT FACILITIES WITHIN THE RESERVE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY?

    Training fields, acquatic centre, education spaces and additional fields opposite.

  • WHO IS FUNDING THE PROJECT?

    Proposed partnership between Federal Government, Queensland Government, Ipswich City Council, AFL and Brisbane Lions. Federal Government funding is being sought to assist with the installation of broadcast quality lighting to enable night games to be played during the summer AFLW season to take advantage of our climate, and to fund key community amenities at the Reserve. We will also be undertaking a fundraising campaign to give Club supporters an opportunity to assist the Club to get a facility that is leading edge to give our men's and women's teams the best chance for sustained success.

  • WILL ANY OTHER MAJOR TENANTS OCCUPY THE FACILITY?

    We have partnered with Multicultural Development Australia, Queensland's largest provider of migrant and refugee support services. MDA will site key staff at the facility and operate a large range of community programs from the premises which may include childcare and learn to swim operations. There is also proposed to be a café, merchandise store and tenancies occupied by providers in the health and fitness areas. We are investigating the possibility of a childcare facility on-site.

  • DOES THE PROJECT INCLUDE ANY ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN INITIATIVES?

    The detailed design is yet to be completed however it is proposed that it may incorporate a number of environmentally sustainable initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency, the use of natural light and ventilation and advanced irrigation technologies.

  • IS THERE CONTAMINATED SOIL ON SITE?

    We are not aware of contaminated soil.

  • HAS THE BUILDING DESIGN CONSIDERED VISITORS WITH A DISABILITY?

    The detailed design is yet to be completed however it will be fully compliant with disabled access requirements.

  • WHO WILL MANAGE THE FACILITY?

    The Club.

  • WILL THERE BE A COMMERCIAL CAFÉ / BAR?

    Yes.

  • WILL NAMING RIGHTS TO THE FACILITY BE SOLD?

    The Club will have the ability to sell the naming rights under the lease agreement which will assist with the financial sustainability of the Club.

  • DOES THE PROJECT INCLUDE A GAMING VENUE?

    No, there will not be a gaming venue on-site

  • HOW WILL THE RESERVE RECOGNISE OUR CLUB'S UNIQUE HISTORY?

    We are proposing that the Club's history be recognised through some of the architectural elements of the facility which will continue the connection with our past. In addition, we propose that historical memorabilia will be on display for Club supporters to enjoy, including the Club's Premiership Cups and flags.

  • WHO OWNS THE LAND?

    The Reserve will be owned by Ipswich City Council and leased to the Brisbane Lions Football Club. ICC and the Lions have executed a Heads of Agreement that commits Council to the constructing The Reserve and commits the Lions to relocating our High Performance Training and Administration Centre to the site.