UPDATE: Thirty-eight thousand cubic metres of structural fill will be used to create the new 8.5m high hill on the eastern, northern and southern sides of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
As part of a $2.4 million upgrade a new 36 sq m LED scoreboard/screen will also be constructed.
The upgrades will lift the stadium's current capacity of about 7500 people (with temporary stands) to a permanent capacity of 10,000 people.
The mounds will create a boutique stadium atmosphere which is hoped will attract NRL, A-League and Super Rugby trial matches and proper-season games.
Work is expected to be completed by late February-early March next year.
There are more benefits to the Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion than simply increasing capacity.
Sunshine Coast Falcons chief executive officer Chris Flannery said the new hills would help the club in attracting sponsors to the club, with televised games now showing crowds gathered on the hill and the new big screen also opening up further opportunities for sponsors.
While they would still struggle to compete financially with some of the other Intrust Super Clubs with leagues clubs he said increased crowds would help start to level the playing field with greater gate takings.
One other advantage might be easier elements for the Falcons playmakers and future sports stars that tread the Stadium turf, the new mounds to hopefully counter some of the strong winds that sweep across the Stadium regularly.
BREAKING: The Sunshine Coast's premier sporting venue is set to get a $2.4 million upgrade with the sod to be turned on construction later this morning.
Turf mounds catering to 10,000 people will be constructed, along with a re-development of the rectangle field and improved irrigation, electrical works, pathways and landscaping.
The State Government is contributing $480,000 from its Get Playing Plus program towards the project, which will reshape the home of a number of the Sunshine Coast's sporting clubs, and a venue which has played host to the Wallabies.
The Sunshine Coast Council has stumped up the remainder of the $2.4 million and will carry out works on the stadium's facade, driveways, fencing and will also install a new LED score board.
An artist's impression of the new and improved stadium is set to be revealed later this morning when the benefits of the upgrade will become clearer in terms of potential to attract other sporting teams and codes to the region.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt commended the council for pursuing the upgrade project for a stadium that has hosted Super Rugby and NRL trials.
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