Brisbane is eyeing three replacement home grounds with the Gabba set to be unusable for up to four years later this decade, reports AFL Media.
The stadium is set for a $1 billion redevelopment in time for the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane, likely commencing in late 2025 after that summer’s Ashes Test at the ground.
However that will mean the Lions are unable to play at the Gabba – where they’ve created one of the AFL’s best home ground advantages – from the 2026 season until 2029 or even 2030.
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The club has reportedly three venues under consideration for a replacement ground.
Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium, the Lions’ soon-to-be-completed Brighton Homes Arena at their Springfield training base, and the Brisbane Showgrounds in the north of the city are all options.
The latter, also the host of the Royal Queensland Show, is perhaps the most surprising and would need approval and funding to redevelop the playing surface.
“The RNA has publicly expressed interest in hosting AFL and cricket while the Gabba is reconstructed,” Lions GM of infrastructure, strategy and government relations Jacob Anson said.
“The Lions have met with the RNA and more due diligence is required to understand whether it may be suitable.”
Metricon Stadium, the Suns’ home ground with a capacity of 25,000 fans, may be the simplest option but it’s an hour down the road (at the best of times) from Brisbane proper.
Brighton Homes Arena will be used for AFLW home games and will have a capacity of 10,000, though that can be expanded somewhat.
“Our focus will be on maintaining a home ground advantage by playing most games at one stadium and ensuring that we can accommodate as many members and fans throughout the disruption,” Anson said.
“We are not the only sport to be affected and we will continue to work with government to achieve the best outcome for our football program and supporters.”
The Lions have won 32 of their last 33 home and away games at the Gabba.