The Simonds Stadium Stage 4 redevelopment at Kardinia Park will continue the transformation of the venue into Victoria's third national multi-purpose stadium, strengthening the region as a sports hub and providing the infrastructure required to attract a range of nationally significant events including AFL, T20 Big Bash, NRL, Super 15 Rugby, A-League soccer and concerts.
The Victorian Government has contributed $75 million to the $89 million project, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, the AFL and the Geelong Football Club.
The ageing Brownlow and Jennings stands will make way for a new grandstand, lifting the iconic stadium's capacity to 36,000. The new stand, which is due for completion by mid-2017, will house new facilities including a large function room, media and broadcasting areas, football department facilities and a social club for patrons on match days.
The Stage 4 redevelopment will also include the 'Sunrise Centre', a facility that will assist people with a disability get employment.
Despite Simonds Stadium being the best regional stadium in Australia, it is still incomplete.
The State Government has provided Kardinia Park Stadium Trust with $3.9 million in the 2017-18 Budget to undertake master planning, design development and prepare a business case for a new grandstand to replace the Ford Stand and Ablett Terrace.
The completion of Stage 5 would take the stadium capacity to approximately 40,000 and ensure Kardinia Park attracts the very best sport and entertainment events for the people of the Geelong region.