Business Events Tasmania welcomes new Hobart stadium designs

The release of the $715 million Macquarie Point Stadium concept designs have been welcomed by Business Events Tasmania (BET), particularly the inclusion of a 1500-person function room, with supporting suites and meeting places.

The first official concept designs from Cox Architecture propose a 54m high domed stadium using a mixture of laminated timber and ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) for the roof.

The stadium would also use natural ventilation rather than rely on more energy intensive air conditioning systems, according to the architects.

“BET is excited by the new concept stadium renders that feature a Tasmanian timber exterior and roof, we think it’s a great design and uniquely Tasmanian,” BET chair Dom Baker said.

“Specifically, we are pleased that as a fully enclosed venue, the concourse, field and corporate areas provide opportunities for a range of larger events and exhibitions.

“Other notable features of the design include a stage pocket in the northern stand to support concerts and events, which will minimise impact on the field and reduce costs for event operators, and separated back of house and catering facilities with a below ground service road to separate vehicles, visitors and users.

“And the extra function capacity will support the increasing accommodation options around Hobart, with Double Tree Hilton opening in Hobart in the new year.