Rarely have I seen such joy and happiness at the opening of one of our venues as I experienced at the opening match at PNG’s new National Football stadium in Port Moresby earlier this month (6th February).
The 15000 seat, international quality stadium…
National Football Stadium (formerly Lloyd Robson Oval) is currently the national stadium of Papua New Guinea and has been the home ground of the national rugby league team since
1975. The stadium has hosted a variety of events including a number of Rugby League World Cup matches.
Populous are currently redeveloping National Football Stadium. The catalyst for this development was the Pacific Games, which PNG hosted in July 2015, and which provided
the opportunity to upgrade many of the nation’s sporting facilities.
The redeveloped stadium will include 3,000 permanent seats and 9,000 lightweight seats, with an ultimate capacity of 25,000 permanent seats. The facility will also include 500
corporate seats, a viewing deck and members seating for an additional 300 people.
The main issue Populous had to overcome for this design was cost. The project had a low budget and Papua New Guinea has a very small manufacturing base meaning all material
had to be manufactured overseas and shipped in.
The stadium will be home to the Hunters, the local Papua New Guinea team who play in the Intrust Super Cup which is the Queensland NRL tournament.