A Tasmanian A-League team could play its home games in a purpose-built stadium at Hobart’s Cornelian Bay, a study has found.
The ABC understands the pre-feasibility study explored the viability of a new 15,000-capacity stadium to house “FC Tasmania” in the national league.
Originally, a site on the Hobart Domain was seen as the preferred location, but the report identified Cornelian Bay as the frontrunner.
It is understood the Government-commissioned report examined 12 potential sites, of which at least six were deemed inappropriate.
The consortium behind Tasmania’s A-League bid, led by Melbourne property mogul Harry Stamoulis and car park king Robert Belteky, had estimated a stadium would cost about $70 million to build, but the report outlined three options ranging from $140 million to $165 million.
The 10-team A-League is looking to expand by two from the 2019-20 season and the “FC Tasmania” bid is up against 15 others for a place on the shortlist.
Victorian outfit “Team 11” is one of the frontrunners, while strong bids have been received from groups representing south-west Sydney, Canberra and Fremantle.
A shortlist of four to six bids is expected to be announced this week with the successful two due to be unveiled in October.
Federal Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie, who is lobbying for federal money to support the Tasmanian bid, said Premier Will Hodgman should commit to partially funding a new stadium if Tasmania was short-listed.
“If we make the shortlist, the next critical step will be the State Government coming out and committing to co-fund a purpose-built stadium,” he said.
“That alone could swing FFA’s [Football Federation Australia’s] decision.
“He clearly needs to put that on the record — it’s not good enough to simply support a team entering the A-League.”
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