April 1, 2016

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR EUREKA STADIUM

It’s lights up at Eureka Stadium in Ballarat, with the installation of eight light towers signalling that construction is on track for the $15 million project to redevelop the stadium.

Local MPs Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight visited the stadium to check out the new lights which take the project another step closer to being ready for AFL games from 2017.

“We’ve now got the lights, with the cameras and action soon to follow when Ballarat becomes home to the best elite sporting competitions and events at our new world-class stadium,” Mr Howard said.

“Not only will we get AFL games on our home turf in 2017 but the North Ballarat Roosters will be playing VFL games under lights before the end of this month.

“Construction is moving at a cracking pace with the project supporting local jobs during the build.

“The revamped Eureka Stadium puts us in the box seat to attract other major events and competitions to Ballarat, driving local economic activity by bringing more visitors to our region.”

Four towers have been erected at the main ground and four towers at North Oval Number 2. The new lighting means local footy clubs can train after dark and keep match-fit during the 2016 season.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $31.5 million towards the Eureka precinct redevelopment, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, the C.E. Brown Reserve Redevelopment and the Ballarat Showgrounds.

The 37 metre tall light towers at the main ground will illuminate a new playing surface the same size as Etihad Stadium, creating room for a new grandstand with 5,000 undercover seats, video scoreboard, player facilities, merchandise and food stalls and universal-access toilets.

With a capacity of more than 11,000, the redeveloped stadium will bring AFL games to Ballarat. The Western Bulldogs Football Club is set to play their first game at the ground next year.

The project is on track to create 38 construction jobs and is expected to increase tourism to Ballarat by drawing 21,000 visitors to the city and increase the annual tourism spend by up to $3.6 million annually.

The new stadium will also cater for international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that would otherwise have to be held only in Melbourne or Geelong.

The Labor Government is supporting the project through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to ensure regional Victoria continues to have the best of everything.