Carrara Stadium (known commercially as Metricon Stadium) is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, located in the suburb of Carrara. It received substantial redevelopment work prior to the entry of the Brisbane Bears to the VFL/AFL in 1987, but since the Bears relocated to the Gabba in 1993, it has been used for other sports including rugby league, rugby union and even baseball. The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Carrara is the home ground for the Gold Coast Football Club, and also hosts events such as the junior representative championships and QAFL games.
Gold Coast Football Club:
The Gold Coast Football Club have played their home games at Carrara from mid-2011. The Queensland Government has promised to contribute $60 million towards the redevelopment of the stadium which would increase the capacity to around 25,000 with 23,500 seated. The Gold Coast City Council also will contribute $20 million and the AFL has promised $10 million. On 15 March 2011, the Gold Coast Football Club announced that home builder group Metricon signed a $3 million, 5 year deal for naming rights of Carrara Stadium, to be known as Metricon Stadium.
Not since 2001 when KISS performed has Carrara Stadium hosted an international act of that stature prior to the redevelopment. On 10 December 2011 the Foo Fighters performed at Carrara and set the all time attendance record for any event ever held at Carrara Stadium, 37,000 people attended the concert. The Stadium is also featured in the Foo Fighters film clip of "These Days". Filming took place during the concert on 10 December 2011.
Carrara Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as hosting the athletics events. The Commonwealth Village was originally going to be located next to Carrara Stadium but is now planned to be built at Parklands. The stadium will be upgraded to hold 40,000 people prior to the start of the opening ceremony.
- Surface: Grass
- Capacity: 18,000 from 1987 - 2010
25,000 from 2011 - Present