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Live and kicking: Olympics give new Roma Street arena a sense of purpose

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Tuesday March 02, 2021

Without hugely popular sporting teams to draw a crowd, taxpayers would have to fund the Brisbane Live arena – once costed at $2 billion.

Brisbane Live has been talked about for years, as an inner-city replacement for the tired entertainment centre at Boondall, taking advantage of the Roma Street transit centre redevelopment. At times, the project seemed more theoretical than practical, and the social distancing restrictions of the pandemic only added to the uncertainty.

But Brisbane being named the preferred host of the 2032 Olympics has given the project a…



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