November 6, 2014

AFL IS COMING TO BALLARAT

The Western Bulldogs will play premiership games in Ballarat every year, under an Andrews Labor Government plan to upgrade Eureka Stadium.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews joined Club President Peter Gordon and Bulldogs players at the stadium today to make the historic announcement.

The stadium will meet AFL standard thanks to Victorian Labor’s $31.5 million plan for the precinct – it will host two to three matches every year, with at least two during the AFL Premiership Season.

The AFL has been notified of the Western Bulldogs’ intention to play premiership season matches in Ballarat and the Club will “hit the ground running” in 2015, establishing a presence and working with the City of Ballarat to finalise the partnership.

In Ballarat games, Western Bulldogs players will wear a “Eureka inspired” guernsey to honour the city’s heritage, with the Club declaring it shares the great fight and spirit of the Eureka story.

Under Labor’s plan, the pride of Melbourne’s western suburbs can be the joy of Victoria’s Western District, and the City of Ballarat is the gateway.

As part of a $31.5 million plan for Ballarat’s sporting precincts, Labor will build a new grandstand, AFL-standard lights and a video scoreboard at Eureka Stadium, as well as local sporting facilities.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“We’re bringing footy closer to our regions and closer to families – right on the doorstep of Western Victoria.”

“A world-class city deserves a world-class stadium, and with Labor’s $31.5 million, Eureka will host the world’s greatest game.”

“It’s great for local jobs and business, and it’s a huge boost to community sport.”

Key Facts

• It is expected 8,000 football fans will attend NAB matches, and between 15,000 and 20,000 fans will attend Premiership matches.