Cost concerns spark venue rethink for Brisbane Olympics

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A push to demolish Queensland Police headquarters and Brisbane Arrests court and construct a new arena is being considered amid cost concerns for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

The Courier Mail has reported that there has been rising concern within the state government over plans to build a 17,000-seat Brisbane Arena above the railway at Roma Street Station given the spectre of rising inflation and construction costs.

While the initial bid to host the Games included a new Olympic stadium at Roma street, cost blowouts in Paris ahead of the 2024 Games and a commitment to make this a low cost Games have dampened enthusiasm for ambitious projects that have yet to come up with details.

A review is also underway into the Gabba’s expansion after concerns were raised the current site’s footprint won’t accommodate a larger stadium.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles, who is also the Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, said a process is still underway before any funding decisions are made about the Brisbane Arena.

“This process will ensure the Arena is fit for purpose and delivers the best legacy outcomes for Queensland,” he said.