Plan to attract more events to Mackay stadium


The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) events team is developing a gameplan to help attract more events to the BB Print Stadium Mackay.

Part of the plan involves bringing the stadium management role inhouse to Mackay Regional Council subject to council approval.

The plan will allow both parties to concentrate on their core business with the Mackay Cutters better placed to manage their six rugby league teams and build their membership and sponsorship bases and the MECC and events team focusing on attracting and delivering high-calibre events to activate the stadium.

Council CEO Scott Owen said a key catalyst for the transition was the Mackay Stadium Masterplan.

“Council has allocated $3.1 million as part of its current budget for Mackay Stadium refurbishment and master planning for future development,’’ he said.

“The Cutters management contract was also expiring, so the opportunity was taken to look at options for management and operation of the stadium.”

Mackay Cutters CEO Mitch Cook said the plan will be a great outcome for the stadium.

“We’ll be able to concentrate on footy, knowing our interests in the stadium are being looked after as part of a greater plan to activate and improve the facility going forward,” he said.