by Scott Sawyer
AS THE Sunshine Coast Falcons have come of age, so too has the region's premier sporting facility.
Sunshine Coast Stadium and the Kawana Sports Precinct have undergone major overhauls, rising from the dirt of the former Quad Park, then Stockland Park complex.
Latest works expanded the stadium's capacity from 7500 (with temporary stands) to a permanent 10,000-person capacity, with family-orientated hills established on three sides, while gameday and sponsor experience has been improved with construction of a 36sq m LED screen.
The $2.4 million works were a huge boost to the facility which is also the Coast's site of choice for a future expansion to eventually deliver a 25,000-seat, national-standard stadium.
Work is also progressing with the Sunshine Coast Community and Sporting Club project to be developed only a few hundred metres from the stadium, alongside Lake Kawana.
That project is to include a sports club, high performance facilities and nearby accommodation, hopefully attracting elite sporting teams who can train and stay within 500m of the stadium.
Sunshine Coast Falcons CEO Chris Flannery said it was a "really exciting time” with fairly intense talks ongoing about the stadium's expansion.
He said the stadium expansion would give the region leverage to attract an NRL regular fixture game to the region.
"That would be huge,” he said.
He said the community sporting facility nearby would be an "amazing building” for local sporting organisations and was hopeful the work being done behind the scenes on that project would pay dividends soon.