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Neville Bonner Bridge lights up for grand finals

The Neville Bonner Bridge will show its true colours lighting up maroon to kick off a four-night illumination of support for the Queensland teams making grand final appearances this weekend.

Tomorrow night the lights on the mast, which peaks at more than 75 metres above the river and the two arches of the bridge will turn maroon before the team colours of the Lions, Titans and Broncos are individually given the spotlight.

On Friday night the 320-metre super structure will be lit up in support of the Brisbane Lions’ quest for a grand final flag, while on Saturday evening the light blue and gold colours of the Gold Coast Titans playing for the NRLW premiership will feature.

On Sunday night the bridge will be ablaze with the Brisbane Broncos’ gold and maroon colours – with gold to feature across all three nights and a strong sign for triple success.

Brisbane based CEO and Managing Director of The Star Entertainment Group Robbie Cooke said it will be a brilliant way of highlighting state pride.

“We were thrilled to turn on the lights of the Neville Bonner Bridge for the first time ever to mark the historic Matildas World Cup finals appearance, and now Queenslanders have another chance to see teams that are close to their hearts celebrated in this way.”

“The bridge of many colours these next four days will be a brilliant celebration of three Queensland teams in three grand finals and of course no better way to kick it off than turning entirely maroon.”

The bridge lights will be turned on at 6.30pm each night and will beam until 5.00am the following morning.

Named in honour of Australia’s first federal Indigenous parliamentarian, the Neville Bonner Bridge has already become an iconic addition to the Brisbane landscape with 500 lucky Queenslanders the first to walk across it just weeks ago.

It’s expected there will be 10,000 pedestrian crossings a day when the bridge opens to the public as part of the $3.6b tourism precinct’s staged opening in April 2024.

Neville Bonner Bridge fast construction facts:

Design: Grimshaw/WSP

Builder: Fitzgerald Constructions

  • Permanent steelwork – 1000tonnes (superstructure and bridge deck)
  • Temporary steelwork – 900tonnes (including temp piles)
  • Concrete – 2750m3 insitu concrete, 550m3 precast concrete
  • Overall height of the mast – 77m above mean sea level
  • Total length of multi-stranded suspension cables – 1,200m
  • Total length of strands within the cables – 22,700m
  • Stairs and DA compliant ramp at South Bank landing
  • Connects to restaurant and retail level 4 of integrated resort with escalators/lifts to William and George Streets