Australian Hyundai A-League team the Central Coast Mariners have revealed plans for upgrades to their Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, NSW.
The plans, drawn up by CKDS Architecture, have been formally presented to the Stadium’s current owners and operators, Central Coast Council in a bid to transform the venue into a world class entertainment hub.
Central Coast Stadium was officially opened in February 2000 and has remained relatively untouched during its 17-years-of-existence, which has resulted in the venue become dated and in need of immediate attention.
The Mariners’ five stage concept has been devised to ensure Central Coast Stadium meets stadium best practice and becomes a weather friendly, football friendly and digitally connected stadium that can facilitate women’s Westfield W-League double headers and more.
Following the upgrades, Central Coast Stadium would be in contention to host concerts, bigger events and trade seven days a week through café and retail precinct.
The main components of a stage one upgrade to Central Coast Stadium include:
- Dual big screens in the south east and north west corners of the venue
- Weather/sun protection over the northern grandstand
- Yellow seats
- Additional changing rooms
- Wi-Fi compatibility
- State of the art sound system
- Upgrade of the corporate facilities (including a 100-seat function room)
- Retail and café precinct
The Central Coast Mariners five stage concept also includes a hotel with unmatched views of Brisbane Water.
Central Coast Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp said:
As the Central Coast Mariners continue to grow, Central Coast Stadium must grow with us. A necessity for our region is the improvement of Central Coast Stadium that is the only flag bearer for major infrastructure development in Gosford’s CBD over the past 17 years.
Whilst there are certainly some hurdles ahead, we are confident there are also solutions.
New revenue opportunities presented by the stadium will empower us to invest long term towards our football resources. Our football will reap the rewards of the club’s growth and it is important to understand that this is a long term play for us to compete with the big four clubs who are growing bigger and faster every day.
Unfortunately, in the last 17 years the only thing that has changed at the stadium is the height of the palm trees. Whilst it is the small day-to-day things that hinder events at the stadium such as a poor sound system, long bar and canteen lines, accessibility and weather protection – these frustrations, if unaddressed, are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Images courtesy of the Central Coast Mariners