The $800million proposal includes upgrades to the current stadium including a moderate increase in capacity, improved media and corporate facilities, upgraded public facilities, improved food and beverage facilities and the creation of more public open space – in short, making it an international-standard facility.
As well as a major commercial and residential development on the surrounding land, the mixed-use precinct will help link Manuka Oval to the Manuka business district and Kingston Foreshore through a multimillion dollar upgrade.
Following a briefing from Richard Griffiths, COO, GWS Giants, AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said Canberra’s hotel, accommodation and tourism industry believed the proposed upgrade would significantly boost the national capital’s ability to attract major sporting and other events and would complement the significant expansion in accommodation stocks over the past two years.
“All major capital cities require world class events precincts and an events calendar to match it,” said Mr Ferguson
“Any development that kick-starts the economy to bring more people to Canberra is a win for hospitality and tourism, and the sector is excited to see the proposal become a reality.
“The Manuka Oval makeover will lift crowds as well as increase Canberra’s chances of hosting more major sporting events, including international matches.”
Mr Ferguson said “It is especially exciting for hospitality businesses in the Manuka and Kingston entertainment districts which will see an increase in hotel occupancy and trading as a result.”
On behalf of members, the AHA looks forward to working with the GWS Giants and key stakeholders to ensure a successful outcome.
The AHA also urges the ACT government to support the new project for the long term success of Canberra’s licensed hospitality and tourism sector.