A Virgin Australia plane is seen on approach into Brisbane airport,
A Virgin Australia plane is seen on approach into Brisbane airport, DAVE HUNT

Airport base is no flight of fancy for Lions

THE Brisbane Lions have confirmed Brisbane Airport as their preferred headquarters for training and administration.

In a statement, the Lions said the Airport proved to be the best option after a "thorough scoping process" and had been approved by the club's board.

They also looked at upgrading their current off-season training venue at Coorparoo, along with the old QE2 Stadium used for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

The club said its choice for the Airport was based on proximity to central Brisbane as it is only 20 minutes from the Gabba and is well serviced by road and transport networks.

It also considered space for the club's current needs and future expansion, elite turf oval and synthetic training field options, accessibility to the club's academy catchment and land tenure arrangements.

"From a club perspective, building a national-standard training and administration home is the key to further developing our players and staff, as well as attracting talent into the future," Lions chief executive Greg Swann said.

"The opportunity to create a much-needed community hub at Brisbane Airport is also really attractive.

"It will increase our engagement with fans and the local community, which is a key pillar of our club strategy."

The club will now continue to seek funding for the project.

The Lions are working closely with the AFL and are in negotiations with the Brisbane City Council and Queensland and Federal government representatives.