Gold Coast SUNS opened the Metricon Stadium in style as thousands of fans watched the club’s first training session at their new home.

The $144 million project in Carrara, Australia will host the Gold Coast SUNS throughout the AFL season and is expected to sell out its capacity of 25,000-seats each game. The venue is built with families and community participation in mind which even includes open corporate barbecue terraces.

The numerous suites and lounges sport a contemporary edge with informal seating and coffee tables replacing the conventional banquet tables. Even the stadium’s colour and architecture matched the electric atmosphere of the training exhibition.

Captain Gary Ablett took the first kick on the ground, kicking a goal from 45m directly in front to delight the screaming fans. "It's good to finally get out on the ground," he said.

"We've been waiting for a while and it's exciting; first game this week and the boys are pretty pumped. We've had a fair few people turn out today so it's great to have that support along," he added.

The Metricon Stadium was built with the environment in mind boasting extensive solar energy and rain harvesting capabilities. There are 450m of clear solar photovoltaic panelling which will generate up to 20% of the venue’s energy making it one of the greenest arenas in the world.

Posted on 31/05/2011