Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters welcomed the release of the interim report and looked forward to providing additional feedback and detail as part of the on-going process.
 
“We are pleased in the show of faith for sport on the Gold Coast, especially with cricket committed to playing at Metricon Stadium for the next three years and the recommendation for relief in the transport levy for that venue,’’ he said.
 
“While we are absolutely committed to supporting this process, we believe that more direct and immediate relief for cricket is required than is outlined in the interim report, particularly as involves the Gabba’’ he said.
 
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Taskforce and newly appointed Stadiums Queensland Board to further prosecute our case for key issues at the Gabba being dealt with in the final report including police and security costs, food and drink pricing and quality and venue operating models.”
 
Walters reiterated Queensland Cricket’s earlier positive response to the suggestion of naming rights for the Gabba but urged strong consideration be given to committing the bulk of any naming rights income towards spectator targeted upgrades at the ground.
 
“Australian Cricket remains broadly supportive of naming rights but we have advice that suggests the mooted $2 million fee for the Gabba is undervalued and further discussion on this needs to be made a priority, especially as it is applies to any venue upgrades’’ he said.
 
“International cricket and the BBL and WBBL last season produced the lion’s share of attendances at the Gabba. The Ashes Test and ODI saw more than 160,000 fans attend while the Brisbane Heat had a record regular season attendance of 164,900 fans.”
 
“International cricket alone generated direct and incremental spending figure for Queensland from interstate and overseas visitors at the Gabba of $36.5 million,’’ he said.
 
“Those 330,000 fans of the game provide Australian Cricket with the impetus to collaborate further with the Government and Stadiums Queensland to secure greater fan-focussed improvements at the Gabba.”
 
Walters said cricket was highly supportive of the Cross River Rail project and the critical link it will deliver to improved stadium access to the Gabba. 
 
“We will continue to strongly encourage the Government to also consider further fan-facing enhancements to the venue delivered through this project as per Recommendation 5.5 of the interim TaskForce report,’’ he said.