Athletes and club members now have access to $4.2 million worth of new sporting amenities in Building 53C at the St Lucia campus of University of Queensland. The new first-class, multi-sport facility on Sir William MacGregor Drive was part of UQ’s riverfront Recreational Precinct upgrades, co-funded by the University and Queensland Government.
The primary users of the new amenities will be the University’s AFL and Soccer Clubs, while selected UQ Cricket Club matches will also be stages at the venue. UQ Sport will also utilize the brand new space for College, Social, and Kids Sports programs
The Queensland Government supported the project with a $1.2 million funding commitment through their Get Playing Plus program. Officially opened by Sport Minister Mick de Brenni and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Dunne, the venue provides increased active opportunities for the wider Brisbane community. The multi-use sporting facility will make a huge difference every week to hundreds of people who are passionate about sport.
The new sports facility features 12 changing rooms, 10 storage spaces, 7 toilets, bench seats, and 3 rooms for medical or physiotherapy treatment. The function space boasts a dual-function servery, outdoor terrace areas, as well as a state of the art audio-visual equipment. Called The Pavilion, this function area can accommodate up to 100 guests for cocktail, sit-down, or lecture-style events.
Building 53C is the latest project to be completed in the Recreational Precinct. Other recent projects include new outdoor basketball and netball courts, as well as the beach volleyball court extensions. Professor Tim Dunne said that updating and establishing the sporting facilities at UQ is an ongoing exercise, yet always very rewarding.
Source: Building 53C UQ St Lucia