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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1455 ..

2. How many corporate boxes are there for use at Canberra Stadium?

3. How many corporate boxes have been utilised at events held to date this year?

4. How many corporate suites are booked for an entire season of (a) Rugby Union, (b) Rugby League, (c) other?

5. What is the current (a) seating capacity of Canberra Stadium, (b) standing room only capacity of Canberra Stadium, (c) total crowd capacity at Canberra Stadium?

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. Canberra Stadium has 129 Club Stadium members this year. There were 46 members in 2002.

Prior to 2002, the membership scheme in operation was one established by National Venue Management under the former Government at the time of the stadium's redevelopment. This scheme was subsequently scrapped at the end of 2001, as it was unworkable.

2. There are 59 corporate boxes.

3. The stadium's major hirers exclusively sell corporate boxes and accurate figures are not available.

4. (a) 32 single and 2 triple suites

(b) 12 single and 2 triple suites

(c) Nil

5. (a) There are 24,531 "fixed"seats. Corporate suites contain external fixed seats and a number of additional internal "loose"seats, thus allowing for increased patronage. The maximum number of loose seats in any suite is determined by licensing restrictions calculated on a square meter basis. While a single corporate suite could hold up to 22 people (12 fixed seats and 10 loose seats) stadium management currently limits the number of loose seats available in a single suite to a maximum of 8.

(b) The stadium is legally capable of accommodating up to 5,000 standing patrons, however stadium management currently considers this to be too many from an event management perspective and limits standing room on a case-by-case basis. For management purposes, stadium staff, casual staff and team officials numbering up to 400 on some match days are considered to be standing patrons, however are not included in official spectator figures.

(c) While total spectator capacity could be about 30,000, the largest crowd for any event was limited to 27,449 for the 2000 Super 12 final.

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