The Victorian Government has committed $15 million to upgrading Eureka Stadium, Ballarat to bring it up to AFL standards and pave the way for the Western Bulldogs to play in Regional Victoria.
Key components of the works include:
realigning the oval orientation to meet AFL standards
replacing and improving the playing surface
installing watering and drainage systems
reducing the oval size to match that of Etihad Stadium, and making more room for proposed grandstands and match-day facilities
upgrading change rooms and match-day facilities to meet AFL standards
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.
The revitalised stadium will deliver over 5,000 undercover seats, and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000 spectators.
The project is expected to create 38 construction jobs, attract an extra 1500 participants to stadium activities each year, draw another 21,000 visitors to Ballarat each year and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million.
The Victorian 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.