Stadiums Queensland (previously Major Sports Facilities Authority) was officially formed when an act of Parliament, called the Major Sports Facilities Act 2001, was passed on 1 December 2001. Stadiums Queensland is charged with the management of major sports facilities that are declared under Queensland Government regulation as being venues having the capacity to stage national or international sports events, recreational or entertainment experiences.
The organisation commenced operation on 21 December of that same year and on 30 June 2002, assumed responsibility for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Shortly after in 2003 Stadiums Queensland assumed ownership of the redeveloped Suncorp Stadium, Queensland’s largest sporting and entertainment facility.
In 2004 Dairy Farmers Stadium (now 1300 SMILES Stadium) in Townsville became Stadiums Queensland’s sixth major sporting and entertainment facility. On 17 February 2008 the $160 million Skilled Park (now Cbus Super Stadium) was officially opened by Premier Anna Bligh with Peoples Day attracting 22,000 fans.
On the second of January 2009 the $82million Queensland Tennis Centre was officially opened, before welcoming some of the worlds best tennis players through the Brisbane International tennis tournament. The $144.2 million Metricon Stadium was officially opened on 22 May 2011 and hosted its first AFL fixture on 28 May 2011, becoming Stadiums Queensland's ninth major sporting and entertainment facility.
Today, Stadiums Queensland owns and operates more than $1.2 billion worth of sporting and entertainment infrastructure.
- Source: stadiums.qld.gov.au/About-Us/History.