Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, which serves as the home ground of Australian NRL rugby league club the Broncos, and The Gabba cricket venue are to benefit from a series of digital enhancements, the Queensland government announced yesterday (Thursday).
The installation of large video screens and a new Wi-Fi system are among the planned upgrades, which will be carried out next year.
Suncorp Stadium is scheduled to stage games at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which begins in late October, and the upgrades are said to be essential to the ground putting on the best show possible.
“Following recent upgrades to IT infrastructure by Stadiums Queensland, I’m pleased to say we are now in a position to be able to install bigger, brighter and better screens across the two venues,” Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said.
“We will be investing A$7m to deliver four new LED screens, each approximately 140 square metres in size, which is more than double the size of the existing screens at Suncorp Stadium.
“These upgrades are key to Queensland successfully hosting the Rugby League World Cup finals in 2017 and will also put us in fighting form to snare an NRL Grand Final from Sydney.”
Pitt added that the existing screens at the venues have become outdated due to advances in digital technology.
Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported that Pitt would consider acquiring the screens from venues used during the recent summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.