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Unmistakably Tasmanian: Concept Design for Mac Point Multipurpose Stadium Launches

Concept designs for the new Mac Point Multipurpose Stadium in Hobart have been released this week. Celebrating the launch, COX Director Alastair Richardson was on hand at Macquarie Point on Sunday 7 July alongside Tasmanian Minister for Sport and Events, the Hon Nic Street, Peter Walker from Cumulus Studio and Anne Beach from Macquarie Point Development Corporation.

The project promises to be a game-changer for the state, offering a uniquely Tasmanian experience that respects the site’s rich heritage while incorporating innovative design including a timber and steel framed fixed ETFE translucent roof.


COX Director, Stuart Harper

The Mac Point Multipurpose Stadium represents a unique opportunity to design a stadium and events precinct that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of this place.

“The fully roofed stadium design showcases Tasmanian timber technology, delivers something special for each user and integrates hospitality with heart: all contributing to a presence and fan experience that will be unmistakably Tasmanian,” explains COX Director Stuart Harper.

[below] The seating bowl design will bring crowds closer to the action

[above] The design was informed by modelling cricket ball trajectory data to ensure its ready to host the best quality cricket games.

The design team, led by COX and local architect partner Cumulus Studio is working with the engineering team which includes AECOM and roofing specialist engineers schlaich bergermann partner (sbp). Together we considered the history of the site, surrounding spaces, user needs, and the desire to create a truly exceptional fan experience.

The stadium’s low profile built-form and woven-style façade references the previous roundhouse structure at the Hobart Rail Yard as well as local maritime heritage. It is culturally informed under the guidance of Palawa community members by reflecting the continuing cultural practice of weaving, representing the opportunity to weave together cultures and stories.

The stadium includes:


  • A 1,500-person function room with views to kunanyi/ Mount Wellington
  • A design informed by modelling cricket ball trajectory data to ensure its ready to host the best quality cricket games
  • A stage pocket in the northern stand to support concerts and events, minimising impact on the field and reducing costs for event operators
  • Easy to follow and accessible design features – including a single continuous concourse that services the whole stadium, enabling fans to enter any gate and easily find their seat
  • A seating bowl design that will bring crowds closer to the action
  • Separated back of house and catering facilities with a below ground service road to separate vehicles and stadium visitors and users.

In addition to the concept designs, work is continuing to prepare an application to assess the multipurpose stadium through the Project of State Significance process. A submission is anticipated to be made later this month.


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