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Greg Swann hopeful on facility funding

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Brisbane Lions CEO Greg Swann says he’s hopeful government funding will be secured for their proposed state-of-the-art training facility at Springfield.

Swann told Afternoons the club has “strong support” from the State and Federal Government as they look to lock in the estimated $70m required for the base that will house both the Lions’ AFL and AFL Women’s sides.

“I’ve been here for nearly four years and the club has been looking (for a new facility) before even I got here,” Swann said.

“There’s a few challenges – Springfield is in the Ipswich area and that council is going through a few issues.

“We’ve got submissions from the state perspective who’ve indicated funding would be coming, which needs to be matched by the federal government for it to happen.”

“Until the money hits the bank, you’re not sure. We’re close and we’re chipping away.”

The Lions CEO said the Gabba was in need of a redevelopment as it lags behind some of Australia’s other venues.

“The Gabba has been left behind, we’ve now lost the (cricket) Test match (against India),” Swann said.

“The seats are old. If there’s 1000 seats in a bay, you could pull 100 out and give everyone a bit more space.

“The ground is now really tired compared to all these new stadiums that are going up around the country.”

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