Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the team and stadium? Here are some common questions and facts to be aware of.

Can’t we have the team without the stadium?

No. A new multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point is a condition of the AFL granting a licence to Tasmania. It’s vital if the team is going to be financially sustainable in the long term. If you are supportive of an AFL team, it comes with a stadium. Without a new stadium, there will be no team.

Will the new stadium only be used for AFL, or will it host other events as well?

The new stadium is designed to host a variety of events beyond AFL matches. It will be a multi-purpose facility capable of accommodating other sports, concerts, conferences, and events. New sporting events hosted at the stadium could include Australian Football League, Big Bash League, A-League, International cricket, International rugby and National Rugby League. This versatile venue would be utilised year-round and has the potential to deliver a range of socio-economic benefits to Tasmania.

Can we afford a new stadium?

Yes, we can. Funding for the project will be provided by the Australian government, the Tasmanian government, the AFL, and through borrowings against land sale or lease for commercial uses. The development will strengthen Tasmania’s economy, with a projected $2.2 billion in economic activity over 25 years. It will also mean more money to invest in schools, hospitals, roads, social housing, and future critical infrastructure projects.

Why do we need a new stadium when we already have two existing stadiums?

For the team to be sustainable in the long term, we need greater capacity at both UTAS Stadium in the North and a new facility in the South. Upgrades worth $130 million are planned for UTAS Stadium, and an additional $25 million will be invested in Dial Park to bring AFL and AFLW games to the North-West.

Upgrading Bellerive to a suitable seating level-alone would cost over $100million, without considering acquiring surrounding properties, transport, accommodation, upgrading infrastructure, current noise constraints or a roof over the stadium. A new, multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point would provide year-round events with plenty of accommodation options within walking distance, and is an investment in Tasmania’s future.

How will it be funded?

The estimated total funding required for the multi-purpose stadium is $715 million. The Tasmanian Government will own the multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point and will contribute $375 million spread over 5 years.

The Australian Government and AFL have committed $240million and $15 million respectively to the project. The remaining $85 million will be funded through borrowings.

Where can I find out more information?

The Tasmanian Government has released the signed agreement with the AFL, in line with its commitment to be open and transparent through this process. You can find the Club Funding and Development Agreement here.

You can access the stadium business case and related information on the Department of State Growth’s website here.

The Macquarie Point Development Corporation is preparing a Precinct Plan for the site. You can learn more about this process here.

You can also read Russell Hanson's report on the Economic Benefits to Tasmania from the introduction of a Tasmanian AFL Team and a New Stadium in Hobart at Macquarie Point.

Where can I get a sticker?

To find your closest sticker, you can browse our map of suppliers here. If they are out of stock, please ask them to get in touch! You can also have a 10-pack of stickers posted to you anywhere in Australia by ordering from our website.

Will taxpayer funds be diverted from health and housing to pay for this?

No. The government has allocated $12.1 billion to the health system over the next four years, and efforts are underway to deliver 10,000 social and affordable homes. These commitments remain separate from the funding and resources allocated to the Tasmanian AFL team and the stadium construction.

How will the construction of the new stadium benefit the economy?

According to independent analysis, a new 23,000 capacity stadium in Hobart is expected to create 4,200 jobs and generate $300 million in additional economic activity during construction, and $85m in additional economic activity and 950 jobs in each year of operations. It will also provide Tasmania an extra tourism boost of more than $160 million each and every year. The AFL team that the stadium unlocks is projected to bring more than $120 million a year as well.

Does this mean football will only be played in Hobart? What about the North and North-West?

With our own teams in the AFL, AFLW, VFL, and VFLW, there will be even more elite-level football played in the North, as well as in the North-West. The presence of a Tasmanian AFL team will bring high-quality football across the state, increase support for grassroots football development and provide opportunities for aspiring players to be represented at a national level. It will also mean talent academies are established in the North, South and North-West.

Are there any plans to improve accessibility and transportation to Macquarie Point?

Yes, the project includes plans to address transportation and accessibility to the new stadium. Detailed work will be undertaken to ensure convenient access for fans, including exploring new transportation options and working with relevant authorities to improve infrastructure in the surrounding areas.

How will the new stadium impact tourism in Tasmania?

The stadium upgrades are expected to have a positive impact on tourism in Tasmania, to the tune of over $160 million a year as people flock to Tasmania. This will attract AFL fans from across the country and potentially international visitors, especially during major events and games. The increased tourism will benefit local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and attractions, contributing to the overall growth of the tourism industry across the state.

Will a multi-purpose stadium fit at Macquarie Point?

Yes. An initial building outline of 240 metres x 210 metres has been used. This footprint is based on a combination of the Marvel Stadium and Heritage Bank Stadium, and is relatively generous in size. The middle section of the Mac Point Precinct site is 293 metres (running north to south) and 271 metres (east to west).

In Australia, playing fields used for a variety of events and sporting codes, including AFL and cricket, are generally 155-190 metres by 125-140 metres. The final size and shape of the stadium depend on the type of facilities it includes, design features that are relevant to the location, engineering requirements, seating capacity, and site-specific considerations.

The actual size of the multi-purpose stadium is expected to be smaller and will easily fit on the site without potentially limiting the facilities that sit alongside it.

Why not spend the money budgeted for the stadium on health instead?

The 2023-24 Budget for Tasmania shows the estimated health spend over 4 years will be $12.1 billion or $8.3 million every day. The $375 million Tasmanian government contribution to the new multi-purpose stadium represents just 45 days of health spend over the same period.

The stadium would become an owned asset that produces an economic benefit for decades to come. Borrowing more money for the health system would create a compounding debt, and a budget position that would be difficult to sustain in either the short or long term.

Why not have the stadium in Launceston or Campbell Town?

For the team to be sustainable and successful from day one, it needs the players, facilities and staff to support it. To maximise player retention, the team must be located near facilities and services comparable to those of the other 18 AFL teams.

The AFL and AFL Players Association and the 18 existing clubs all agree that Hobart is the best location for our Tassie team to be based. This will be supported by the construction of a High-Performance Centre and new multi-purpose stadium.