Brisbane Lions must find alternative home for Gabba

The Brisbane Lions are trying to avoid playing home games at the Metricon Stadium during the Gabba Stadium renovation for the Olympics, but admit all options are on the table looking for a venue.

The Lions are due to release Gabba at the end of the 2025 AFL season to secure a billion-dollar facility upgrade for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

Brisbane’s AFL team will play home matches elsewhere for three to four years before returning to Gabba.

The Lions will then be forced to play elsewhere again in 2032 when the Olympic track and field track is installed at the Gabba Arena.

The RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane could be a potential temporary home for the Lions, subject to a reported $80 million upgrade to the facility, which will also be used to host the Olympics.

However, Lions CEO Greg Swann said the club had not contacted the state government about the use of the show grounds “for quite some time”.

“It’s definitely in the mix, but we’ll have to see how it all adds up and what the business deal is,” he said.

Swann said the Lions’ new training facility in Springfield is also suitable for home games, as well as those in Cairns and Townsville.

However, he said that the Lions did not want to play at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, home of the Suns.

“Our people don’t go there – it’s too far away,” he said.

“But everything is on the table. We haven’t committed to anything yet.”

Swann said the Lions wanted to have a home court that could serve around 20,000 people while they were away from Gabba.

This would mean adding temporary seating in Springfield.

“We have to make it big enough,” Swann said.

“The advantage of Springfield is that we own everything. We own the food, the drinks, the signage there, when we have to do business on the show floor.

“There’s still a lot to play out.”

Just like this season, with the Lions claiming their first flag since 2003.

Brisbane, who finished third on Sunday, faces Richmond at the MCG, where the Lions have not won in eight years.

Brisbane defender Noah Otvet said he was not bothered by the Lions’ recent poor performance at the MCG.

“It’s a fragrant field – they are all very similar,” said Answer.

“Obviously it’s a bit bigger, but not different from most futuristic venues.

“We haven’t talked much about it. We’re going against Richmond, not G.”

“They (still) have an aura. You must always respect them.”

Originally published as Brisbane Lions don’t want to go to Gold Coast