IF YOU book them, they will come.
Stockland Park's ability to cater for crowds of in excess of 15,000 people has proved that if given the opportunity, the Coast is willing to support, and exhibit, great entertainment. Regarded as a high class, multi-purpose facility, Stockland Park is in stark comparison to the Quad Park of yesteryear.
Stockland Park Acting General Manager Simon Ball regarded 2012 as significant and said he expected 2013 to be even better.
Mr Ball said he enjoyed hearing the glowing appraisals from visitors to the facility, with users complimenting the park's amenities and laidback nature of the Coast. "We hope to continue to work with the local community in bringing more people to the Coast," he said.
It has been a bumper year for Stockland Park, with the centre hosting some of the biggest events to visit the Coast. How times have changed. The facility's early years were bleak, with the park merely a collection of mediocre sports fields, a far cry from the top class sporting precinct it is today.
With a population of more than 300,000 people, the Coast always had the potential to attract world class events, but never had a facility to house large crowds. Since opening in June 2011, Stockland Park has proved that if decent events come here, the people of the Coast will turn out in their droves.
Cold Chisel drew 15,000 people, 5000 attended a Super Rugby exhibition match between the Queensland Reds and the Wellington Hurricanes and 15,000 are expected for the US-based Nitro Circus extravaganza next May.
Stockland Park Acting General Manager Simon Ball declared 2012 a success and said the facility had become a valuable part of the community.
"It was a very busy and exciting year and we only had one weekend when we did not have an event on in the precinct," he said.
"One hundred and forty-two games of football were played on the stadium field, which is a record for the facility."
Incorporating the Kawana Aquatic Centre, Lake Kawana, the Western Fields and Stockland Stadium Sunshine Coast, Mr Ball said the park's success lay in the multiple benefits the facility offered.
"Being able to attract so many state and national competitions, such as dragon boating, national outrigger sprint championships, open water swimming, rugby league plus Super Rugby, makes us very proud of bringing people to the Sunshine Coast as participants and spectators," he said.
"It is extra special when people come to play and then spend time enjoying the Sunshine Coast."
"We love hearing about how much visitors have enjoyed the competitive experience as well as the special place that the Coast is.
A key component of what we set out to do each year is to contribute to the economic ans social well-being of the Sunsine Coast community."
Acting General Manager Simon Ball with Stockland's Richard Guiver at Stockland Stadium
By Anthony Brand - Kawana Weekly