We can keep saying it 'has to be Civic' all we like, but the Civic pool site can't fit anything bigger than 25k.
If we build a 25k stadium the NRL still won't allow Canberra to host prelims, it'll be too small to regularly host internationals or events in any of the sports, and the city will out grow it in a decade or two meaning we'll have just built it and we'll be talking about a new one.
It has to be 30k minimum, preferably a little bit larger than that, otherwise it'll be money pissed up against a wall. So if the space can't be found for a 30k stadium in Civic then we'll have to look elsewhere.
25k suits the Raiders perfectly fine,
You’re acting like not hosting prelims is some hard and fast rule that could never be broken. I think it’s absurd that NRL banned prelims even at GIO, but if you’re ACT Govt and you’re going to pay $500m for a stadium, you say to NRL “we want your agreement we can host prelims”. No way the NRL knock back that kind of investment for 5k fans every blue moon when Canberra host a prelim.