Brisbane's Commonwealth Games stadium gathers dust "Community groups like schools, junior and senior sporting associations and members are coach outlet purses fake of the public make up the majority of the over 230,000 who use QSAC, and this is also the case with other venues Sleeman Sports Complex and the BEC Sports Centre," the SQ spokesman said.
"This is in keeping with current Queensland government priorities, to promote sport at the grassroots." Opposition sports spokesman Bill Byrne said Labor supported the continued maintenance of the underused southside stadium, but accused the LNP of waging a "political war" against the facility when it was in opposition. In 2009, then shadow sports minister and now Police Minister Jack Dempsey told Fairfax Media the stadium was a "bottomless pit" of expenditure and called for a "proper feasibility study" into the venue. "While Labor has long coach outlet sale $100 off been upfront about its commitment to maintaining QEII, it must be pointed out that the LNP waged a political war against the facility when in opposition," Mr Byrne said. "Just like in so many areas, their rhetoric in opposition hasn't come close to being honoured when faced with the realities of government. "At the very least, the current Sports Minister should have the guts to say his ministerial colleague Mr Dempsey was wrong, and genuine coach outlet store online fully state his government's plans for the venue." Sports Minister Steve Dickson was not available for comment, but the Stadiums Queensland spokesman said the ageing stands provided a back up to the higher profile venues in Brisbane. "The benefits of keeping the stands to ensure Brisbane doesn't miss out on concerts and other major events far outweigh the very minimal maintenance costs of the aluminium stands and the costs involved to coach outlet oklahoma city remove them," he said. There was mixed news for other Queensland stadiums in the annual report, with the 5.86 per cent rise in patronage largely on the back of increased crowds at on the Gold Coast and the maligned at Boondall. The Entertainment Centre, which has drawn consistent criticism over its car park, traffic issues and a lack of public transport, still managed to attract 865,051 people to its facilities, including its community indoor sports hall, up 22.51 per cent from its 2012 13 total of 681,382. Sixty seven major events in the main 13,500 seat arena attracted 625,051 people, for an average crowd of 9329. , the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, had a 39.78 per cent increase in patronage to an average 18,664, helped in no small part by the Big Day Out music festival in January. Across town, the Gold Coast Titans' poor NRL form affected Cbus Super Stadium's attendances, which were down 27.3 per cent from the previous financial year with an average of 11,348. The Ashes helped crowds at The Gabba increase by 22.51 per cent to an average of 14,358, but its 502,523 total, gained over 35 event days, was less than half the number of attendees across town at Queensland's largest venue. the home of the A League's Brisbane Roar, the NRL's Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Reds rugby team remained Queensland's biggest drawing stadium, with an average crowd of 26,770. But the 1,151,091 people who went through the Milton turnstiles over 43 event days, was down 10.6 per cent from 2012 13's total of 1,287,533.
Patronage was also down at Townsville's 1300 Smiles Stadium (4.38 per cent), home of the NRL's North Queensland Cowboys, but down by 0.4 per cent at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler.
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