Virgin Aus Stadium nearly done
MACKAY'S rugby league heart, Virgin Australia Stadium, continues to take shape ahead of Sunday's NRL clash between the Melbourne Storm and Canterbury Bulldogs.
Among the many who have spent the past two months erecting grandstands and corporate box scaffolding around the stadium has been diversified mining services town supervisor Kyle Byrnes.
Byrnes has led a team of five around the clock to ensure the boxes and seats are ready to accommodate the expected 10,000-strong crowd on Sunday.
He said the most challenging aspect of the project had been the timeline to get the job done.
"It's been such a tight timeframe but it has all come together," he said.
"We had some bad weather at the start of the project, which didn't help us, but we have nearly got everything done."
Byrnes' staff, who have worked eight hours a day, five days a week for the past four weeks, have erected almost 180 tonnes of scaffolding.
For Sunday's match 110 corporate boxes will be in use, as well as more than 1800 seats.
That figure includes 1000 seats that have been borrowed from Harrup Park.
Byrnes said the planning phase for the scaffolding use was one of the more critical aspects of the project.
"We started out by drawing our ground plans on paper and detailing the list of scaffolding equipment we needed," he said.
"Once it was delivered we laid all the material on the ground and started building the boxes and grandstands from the ground up. All of the top corporate boxes require water proofing so the people underneath don't get wet, so we had to lay them with black plastic and ply."
Byrnes, who is attending Sunday's match, said he was hoping for a Storm win because of its Queensland contingent but he mainly just wanted to see a close game.