Initial plans for the redevelopment of Eureka Stadium in Ballarat have been announced with the venue one step closer to hosting AFL matches.
Construction is expected to commence in 2016 with the first stage of the redevelopment to include the construction of grandstands with undercover seating for 5,000 and a total capacity of over 11,000.
Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, joined Western Bulldogs President, Peter Gordon, Ballarat Mayor, Des Hudson, and local members Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight at the Stadium recently to announce the start of community consultation on the $15 million project and unveil concept designs for the first phase of the redevelopment as part of the Master Plan for the precinct.
Works have already begun on the redevelopment, which include:
- Replacing and improving the playing surface.
- Installing watering and drainage systems.
- Reducing the oval size to be the same as Etihad Stadium, and making more room for proposed grandstands and match day facilities.
- Upgrading change-rooms and match day facilities to AFL standard.
- Upgrading stadium seating, providing public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, catering and food beverage facilities and ticketing infrastructure.
- Improving lighting around the main oval and providing a video and electronic scoreboard.
Melbourne Architectural firm Peddle Thorp Architects have been appointed as the lead architect to deliver the project.
Western Bulldogs have committed to playing one match for premiership points at Eureka Stadium in 2017 with two to three matches a season from 2018.