Suncorp Stadium   © Arup

Suncorp Stadium Lang Park redevelopment

Sports Stadium
Start Date: 2000 | Completion Date: June 2003

Suncorp Stadium, Eastern Grandstand    © Arup
The eastern grandstand

Dubbed 'the Cauldron' by sports loving Queenslanders, the redeveloped Lang Park, now called Suncorp Stadium, is widely acknowledged as one of the finest rectangular pitch stadiums in the world.

In 2000 the Queensland State Government challenged a multidisciplinary design team including Arup to redevelop Lang Park in to a world class 52,500 seat stadium capable of attracting and hosting premier events.


  • 2004 Queensland Engineering Excellence Award in the Building and Structures category
  • 2004 ACEA Awards of Excellence - Silver Award of Highly Commended in the Building Infrastructure category
  • 2003 Structural Design Steel Award from the Australian Steel Institute

A year later, the initial plans were approved, and Arup and architects HOK and PDT were re-appointed to complete the $280 million project from design through to construction.

The old Lang Park held a number of design and construction challenges. Not only was it Brisbane’s first cemetery and rubbish tip, but the site was bounded by major arterial roads, homes were in close proximity, and an extensive refurbishment and integration of the existing western grandstand into the new seating bowl was required.

Suncorp Stadium roof structure    © Arup
The innovative roof structure

The lack of public transport access for sports fans also had the potential to impact on attendance rates and overall financial returns of the new Suncorp Stadium.

Arup responded with some cost efficient and innovative solutions:

Careful selection of pipe alignments and use of innovative pipe-jacking and tunnelling techniques allowed installation of essential stormwater and sewer infrastructure upgrades to proceed in parallel with building works to minimise the construction program.

Suncorp Stadium opened in June 2003. During the Rugby World Cup more matches were played there than any other venue in Australia – a true endorsement of Arup’s significant contribution to this great sporting icon.


Queensland Government Department of Public Works


PDT Architects
HOK Sport + Venue + Event


Multiplex/Watpac joint venture

See also

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