The first of 25,000 seats has been installed as construction on Townsville’s $290 million North Queensland Stadium project reaches its peak.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by rugby league great Johnathan Thurston to mark the milestone, alongside Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni.

Managing contractor Watpac has engaged Camatic Seating to build the fit-for purpose seats.

The company has experience in supplying similar seating to major stadiums around the country like Robina, Rod Laver Arena and the MCG.

The seating is being fitted to pre-fabricated seating platforms manufactured in Townsville by local company Jackson Semler.

The State Government says the project remains on budget and on track, with the main stadium build works now more than 75 per cent complete, and half of the trusses that will make up the roof structure now installed.

Visiting the stadium while in Townsville for Regional Parliament, the Premier said installing the first seats was an exciting moment that brought the project one step closer to being ready to host the Sir Elton John concert and the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season next year.

The North Queensland Stadium project is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the NRL and the North Queensland Cowboys.

The new stadium will have 25,000 seats – 7000 more seats than the existing 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Stadium seating rolls out as project powers ahead