Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, left, alongside Deputy Premier of Queensland Steven Miles at the Sunshine Coast Stadium ©Sunshine Coast Council

Plans have been revealed for a new indoor sports centre to be built in the Sunshine Coast before the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

The Sunshine Coast Council has announced the creation of the new centre along with the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Stadium at the Kawana Sports Precinct.

The new indoor facility is set to comprise 11 courts with one show court able to accommodate 6,000 seats.

With the help of funding from the Australian and Queensland Government, the new Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre is expected to be open in 2027.

"Confirmation of the new Indoor Stadium at Kawana now provides the opportunity to develop our very own world-class sporting precinct here on the Sunshine Coast," said Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.

A new indoor sports centre is set to be created while the Sunshine Coast Stadium is due to be expanded ©Sunshine Coast Council
A new indoor sports centre is set to be created while the Sunshine Coast Stadium is due to be expanded ©Sunshine Coast Council

"Without a doubt, the Sunshine Coast will once again be the envy of other regional areas across the country.

"In other exciting news, the long-awaited Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion should now start in 2024."

The capacity of the Sunshine Coast Stadium is set to increase to 16,000 following the expansion, while the addition of temporary seats is due to see it grow to 20,000 when the venue plays host to football matches during Brisbane 2032.

Mayor Jamieson said sports including basketball, netball, volleyball, pickleball, futsal and badminton would benefit from the creation of the Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre.

"Importantly, it will provide an opportunity to design and construct a facility that will be leading edge in respect to accessibility and service to the many Para-sports and athletes we have in the region," said Jamieson.

"As part of the Future Host Questionnaire that was submitted to the International Olympic Committee Future Host Commission in May 2021, the Kawana Sports Precinct was presented as the preferred location to co-host the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games basketball competition.

"The Kawana location has now been confirmed with Brisbane 2032 and the Queensland Government and planning and design works will start immediately with a view of commencing construction of the new indoor sports centre in 2025.

"This will result in the venue being available to our community in 2027, well before the proposed Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games basketball competition - which is exactly what our collective commitment to a 10+10+ legacy is all about."

Brisbane 2032 President Andrew Liveris believes the Sunshine Coast Sports Precinct at Kawana will deliver "great outcomes for both community sport and the Games."

"Come July 2032, south-east Queensland will be on show to the world and the Sunshine Coast Sport Precinct at Kawana will be a perfect example of embracing the International Olympic Committee’s new norm - an event and accompanying venues that are suited to the community’s long-term needs, affordable, beneficial and sustainable," added Liveris.