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Flood Fallout: Cauldron Mops Up as Administrators Seek Costs

Flood Fallout: Cauldron Mops Up as Administrators Seek Costs

Internationally recognized record-breaking rainfall has seen thousands of homes flooded, the Brisbane River peak at 3.5 meters and most of Australia’s east coast become a disaster zone.

Rugby League’s Cauldron has been affected as Suncorp stadium’s flooding, which nearly mirrored the the flooding in 2011, has sent the venue operators into a cleaning frenzy ahead of the NRL opener between Brisbane and South Sydney next Friday.

Following the 2011 floods, Suncorp stadium had to be completely gutted and rebuilt in repair efforts that exceeded $16 million.

Suncorp Stadium’s general manager, Alan Graham, is hopeful the NRL opener will still occur at Suncorp Stadium.

“There shouldn’t be too much damage because after the 2011 floods, we made some significant changes and moved a lot of important things up high [under the stadium] ,” Graham said.

Graham further stated that for the opener to go ahead, officials need the Brisbane River to subside and for the weather to hold for cleaning efforts to be successful.

On average, Suncorp stadium makes around $1.7 million in ticket revenue per game hosted, meaning that the loss of a game to another stadium results in a large financial loss for Suncorp stadium

The Queensland Rugby League administrators are also in shock after floodwaters impeached their offices damaging origin keepsakes causing kits to be tossed away as lower levels of the offices have been affected.

In Rugby, Fijian Drua will most likely move this Friday’s match against the Melbourne Rebels from Suncorp Stadium to the Sunshine Coast Stadium due to Fijian Drua chief executive, Brian Thorburn, not trusting the flood levels to drop enough for the game to go-ahead in Brisbane.

Within the racing sector, the floods have left Brisbane’s racing tracks submerged in water.

The flooding in Southeast Queensland has caused QLD racing officials to cancel this weekend’s events at Albion Park with a predicted further two weeks of cancellation.

Officials are waiting to assess the extent of the damage at the Eagle Farm, Doomben and Albion Park racing tracks however it is looking likely that Albion Park will be the worst effected and most expensive to restore.

This week’s thoroughbred meetings will be transferred to the Sunshine Coast poly track pending participants being able to get there safely.

Brisbane Greyhounds chief executive, Luke Gatehouse, expects harness racing to return a lot quicker than greyhound racing as he estimates that Albion Park will require weeks of rebuild to be racing ready.

“It won’t be a quick return I think, we do have a plan in place and our contractors and suppliers are ready to go,” Gatehouse said.

Gatehouse estimates that Albion Park’s electrical boxes, underground cabling and track will need to be entirely rebuilt due to the flooding.

In more flood news the submersion of the Queensland Reds training grounds has caused the team to move their training to a nearby school, while the Brisbane Lions have had to fly to Melbourne early to escape their flooded training grounds in Yeronga.

Sunday’s and Monday’s A league matches have been postponed and the Marsh Sheffield Shield match has been reduced to 3 days.

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