The Sports Arms Race

Gone are the days of simply installing metal roof over a metal concrete tier structure, and cold hard plastic / timber bench seats to watch a feature football match, or building brick wall change rooms with cold showers for a local sporting clubs. Stadiums and elite sport facilities are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated with a long list of services and equipment requirements growing with each new project. With each Stadia and Sport Facility wanting to be at the forefront by utilizing all possible technology, the specifications for such stadia and sport facilities increases in order to keep ahead of the pack.

A full listing of the services and technology required for such facilities isn’t possible, a snapshot of the increasing complicated construction and services technology might look like this:

  • Stadium Tier and Roof solutions ensuring uninterrupted viewing of games and as much coverage as possible from the elements
  • Façade solutions including LED lighting solutions to ensure ‘personalisation’ of stadiums especially for home teams
  • ICT and WiFi Technology
  • Scoreboards / Media Screens
  • Digital media
  • Infrastructure for TV, Radio and other Media Outlets
  • Televisions throughout the facility including IPTV
  • AV, Data and Communications services
  • Aquatic facilities including treadmills, plunge pools, ice baths, spa, saunas, steam rooms
  • Recovery facilities such as Altitude Rooms / hyperbaric chambers
  • Ribbon Advertising
  • Pitch technology including synthetic pitches and grow lights for turf pitches
  • Pitch lighting to meet the requirements of broadcasting for various Leagues
  • Kitchen and bar equipment for Bars, Kitchens, Lounges, and the like
  • Interpretative and Interactive Displays and Experiences
  • Ticketing technology
  • Change Rooms, Lockers and Sponsors Facilities / Game Experiences
  • ‘Field’ Clubs – bringing the experience to the Fans – a Fan First Experience
  • Ensuring flexibility of spaces for multi-purpose and community access
  • Provision of operating equipment ensuring efficiencies of stadium and sport facilities running costs
  • Roof experiences for fans, i.e roof walks and ziplines

Our experience across Stadia and Sport Facilities is that many stakeholders are involved from Local / State / Federal Governments, Sporting, Leagues, Sponsors, and the like, whose interests in the project have to be met and factored in the project time and cost planning process.

Providing Value for Money

The role of the Quantity Surveyor early in project development is essential to ensure advice which represents the best value for the funds provided, appropriate expenditure in critical areas, and that the needs of each stakeholder is met.

  • Our role is to provide consistently accurate cost related advice to the various stakeholders involved in the facility including consultancy services such as:
  • Cost Planning in functional area format for the Master Plan and Feasibility Report including options and siting analysis, for funding submissions to various stakeholders.
  • Cost planning and estimating in elemental format for the various design stages customized to meet the requirements of each stakeholder.
  • Provision of tendering services and preparation of Bills of Quantities
  • Provision of post contract services with particular attention to financial reporting, ensuring the spend of funds from each stakeholder is met.
  • Provision of costings for staging of works in ensuring continuity of the use of existing facilities whilst development is underway.
  • Life Cycle Costings / Long Term Maintenance Plans / Whole of Life (WOL) consultancy services.

Significant benchmarking data

Benchmarking is of the essence in the consultancy that we provide for sport and stadia, not only in the provision of cost advice, but ensuring efficiencies in scale for the development in order to meet the budget, but at the same time fulfilling the Project Brief.

Independent Advice

Independent advice is a critical success factor for the delivery of an accurate and reliable cost estimate to ensure cost plans are not ‘influenced’ by project team politics or pressures so that the correct allowances are made.

Independent peer review facilitates cost plans which are free from inadvertent error, missed scope, incorrect assumptions or interpretation and incorrect use of allowances, contingencies, escalation, etc.

A Long History of Involvement in Sport and Stadia

WT has worked on numerous stadia over our 67-year history, including:

  • MCG Southern Stand Redevelopment (1990) and Refurbishment (2012)
  • MCG Northern Stand Redevelopment (2006)
  • MCG Smart Stadium Services Upgrade (2014)
  • Simonds Stadium, Geelong
  • AAMI Stadium, Melbourne
  • Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Several redevelopments at the Sydney Cricket Ground- Northern Stand, Ground Hill
  • Sydney Olympic Stadium at Homebush
  • Elite Sport Facilities for AFL Football Clubs including Melbourne, Essendon, Carlton, Hawthorn
  • Perth Rectangular Stadium
  • Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
  • Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne
  • Adelaide Oval – Southern Stand
  • Western Australian Institute of Sport – High Performance Centre

Current Projects

WT are proud to be working on the following current projects:

  • Perth Major Stadium, Perth
  • North Queensland Stadium, Townsville
  • Simonds Stadium Stage 4, Geelong
  • Moorabbin Reserve Redevelopment for the St Kilda Football Club (AFL)
  • Etihad Stadium Redevelopment, Melbourne
  • Hawthorn Football Club at Dingley (AFL)
  • New Members Stand at Victorian Racing Club (Flemington)
  • Moonee Valley Racing Club
  • Pakenham Racing Club Redevelopment
  • Pirtek Stadium at Parramatta
  • Victoria Cricket and Community Centre, Jolimont Oval


At WTs we have a professional team of Independent Quantity Surveying consultants who specialise in Sports and Stadia consultancy services with a mission to create a progressive culture benefiting our Clients and our People.

For cost estimating, cost management, value for money and advice on your next Sport and Stadia opportunity, please don’t hesitate to contact Gavin Balharrie, Associate Director. 

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