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Business Events Tasmania welcomes new stadium designs

Media Release

11 July 2024

The release of the Macquarie Point Stadium concept designs have been welcomed by Business Events Tasmania (BET), the specialist bidding organisation that markets Tasmania as a business meeting destination for Australian and international organisations and associations.

Notably, the inclusion of a 1500-person function room, with supporting suites and meeting places, will provide opportunities to attract a range of larger events, conferences and exhibitions.

“BET is excited by the new concept stadium renders that feature a Tasmanian timber exterior and roof, we think it’s a great design and uniquely Tasmanian,” BET chair Dom Baker said.

“Specifically, we are pleased that as a fully enclosed venue, the concourse, field and corporate areas provide opportunities for a range of larger events and exhibitions.

“Other notable features of the design include a stage pocket in the northern stand to support concerts and events, which will minimise impact on the field and reduce costs for event operators, and separated back of house and catering facilities with a below ground service road to separate vehicles, visitors and users.”

Mr Baker said the importance of conferences and business events to the Tasmanian visitor and general economy should not be underestimated.

“They have far-reaching benefits for restaurants, retailers, entertainers and transport,” he said.

“And the extra function capacity will support the increasing accommodation options around Hobart (with Double Tree Hilton opening in Hobart in the new year).”

Tasmania continues to invest in the business event sector with the Tasmanian Government funding $5 million to BET over the next two years, including a $3.8 million investment into the Business Event Attraction Fund (BEAF) to provide financial incentives for event planners choosing Tasmania for their meeting or event.

Mr Baker said business events were worth $199 million to the annual Tasmanian economy and this figure was likely to increase when organisations have access to the proposed 1500-person function area in the Macquarie Point precinct.

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