Australia’s Victorian State Government has committed A$142m to enable the fifth stage redevelopment of Geelong’s Kardinia Park/GMHBA Stadium.
The project will secure the venue’s status as Australia’s best regional stadium and complete the ground’s transformation.
The project includes: A new grandstand at the northern end of the stadium, increasing the overall capacity to over 40,000; A new indoor cricket hub to be located between the stadium and the railway line; A new entry plaza to be established adjacent to Moorabool Street and the north of the stadium, and new professional and community sport changerooms and facilities
As part of the planning scheme amendment for the project, the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust is asking locals to comment on the merits of the proposed amendment and Stage 5 development.
The latest stage of a 20-year development plan will see the construction of a new 14,000 capacity, two-tier northern stand to replace the ageing Ford Stand and Ablett Terrace.
This will increase the venue’s capacity to over 40,000 and boost its ability to attract national and international events.
The new stand will feature new function rooms and corporate suites across its four levels along with improved changing rooms added for athletes, plus better provisions for security staff, ground officials, media and an office for the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, which runs the venue.
The Geelong Cricket Club will have its off-field facilities upgraded, while a stand-alone indoor training facility will be built near its current outdoor complex.
Image courtesy of Populous/Kardinia Park Stadium Trust