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Our super stadium
Peter Mickelburough, state politics reporter
30apr05

MELBOURNE is to get a new $100 million sports stadium as part of a facelift of Olympic Park.

AFL clubs Collingwood and Melbourne, National Rugby League team Melbourne Storm and fledgling A-League soccer club Melbourne Victory will all call the new stadium home.

The deal, to be announced today by Premier Steve Bracks, will cement the area as one of the world's best sports and entertainment precincts.

A rectangular stadium for rugby league and soccer matches is the centrepiece of State Government plans to redevelop Olympic Park, the Herald Sun has been told.

Work on the 20,000-seat stadium is expected to start soon after next year's Commonwealth Games and be completed in 2008.

The Government is yet to determine the final cost of the project but the stadium, administration buildings and training facilities are expected to cost up to $100 million.

Next week's state Budget will provide more than $10 million to develop detailed plans and pay for upgrading the adjoining playing fields in Gosch's Paddock.

A 25-year master plan for the precinct, to be developed by the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust, Melbourne City Council and the Government, will examine future needs for athletics, the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Australian Open tennis.

The deal also secures Melbourne Storm's future, with the existing 11,500-seat Olympic Park stadium considered unviable for the club's long-term survival in the city.

The Demons, Storm and Victory have each signed memorandums of understanding with the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust to base their headquarters at the new stadium. Collingwood's administration will remain at the nearby Lexus Centre.

To be built as an 18,000-to-20,000-seat venue, the stadium will be planned to include future expansion to cater for up to 25,000 spectators.

It will be beside the athletics track on the Edwin Flack Field, the old greyhound racing track.

The site is used as a training ground by Collingwood Football Club, which will move to upgraded fields in Gosch's Paddock before construction begins.

Melbourne Storm chief executive Brian Waldron last night said the stadium would be a boon not only for rugby league and soccer fans but the whole city.

"For the city of Melbourne there is nothing more exciting," Mr Waldron said.

"In recent years our position as premier sporting state has been challenged and this commitment, not just to a rectangular pitch but to the upgrade of the whole Olympic Park facility, will not only mean that we are the premier state, we'll have the best sporting and arts precinct in the world.

"And that's something all Melburnians should be thrilled with."

Mr Waldron said the world-class facilities would be attractive to spectators and allow players and coaches to perform at their best.

The Government's commitment to redevelop Olympic Park follows its withdrawal of $60 million in funds to redevelop the area after Victoria lost its bid for a team in the Super 14 rugby union competition last December to the Western Force.

State Sports Minister Justin Madden said then a strong case remained for improving the park, but the scope of any future work would be subject to development of a business case by the trust and the Government in consultation with likely tenants.

It is understood subsequent negotiations with all stakeholders convinced the Government a rectangular stadium was viable and would fill a missing link in Melbourne's world-class sporting facilities and help ensure Melbourne retained an NRL team.

Olympic Park was established as a centre for athletics, swimming and cycling for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

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25,000 = 'super' stadium? :lol:
 

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I wonder where they'll build this new stadium. Olympic park is pretty much full right now. Unless they gonna sacriface the huge parking lot close to Vodafone Arena? (blue region on the map and yellow region next to it)

There's no way they will demolish the existing building because of they history value. Or maybe they'll demolish the current training oval?

 
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AFL clubs Collingwood and Melbourne would surely only call it home in respect to training and admin only. A bit like Freo Dockers do with Fremantle oval. It's misleading.
 

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sanhen said:
I wonder where they'll build this new stadium. Olympic park is pretty much full right now. Unless they gonna sacriface the huge parking lot close to Vodafone Arena? (blue region on the map and yellow region next to it)

There's no way they will demolish the existing building because of they history value. Or maybe they'll demolish the current training oval?
My guess is on the green field in the background behind the Edwin Flack Field in this photo posted in the thread about this development in the vic forum:

But the article says it's beside the track, which might suggest that it could be where that carpark is now.

What would be cool would be if they built it over the rail lines.

I'd also like to see an aerial of the whole sporting precinct, with the MCG included.
 

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^^^ The new stadium will be built where Edwin Flack Field is if you read the article, which is next to the track ;)

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This is great news! Id have to say the crowds for the Storm have been pretty bad this year.. the worst in the NRL!

Here is an article from an NRL perspective.

Storm hails new stadium

30 April 2005

The Melbourne Storm has hailed the planned $100-million upgrade of Olympic Park as the most substantial initiative for rugby league development in Victoria.

The Storm, AFL clubs Collingwood and Melbourne, and soccer team Melbourne Victory will share the new centre, which will feature a rectangular stadium, purpose-built for rugby league and soccer matches.

"With this investment, the National Rugby League, the Australian Rugby League and the Melbourne Storm will be able to launch the codes most aggressive ever push into Victoria," Storm chief executive Brian Waldron said of the rectangular stadium, slated for completion in 2008.

"It is magnificent news for rugby league fans, players and sponsors and means that any young kid who loves the game will be able to pull on a rugby league jersey in Victoria and know that they have a future right here in Australia's sporting capital.

"The package announced today will boost every level of the game from kids games to the Kangaroos.

"This is the most substantial initiative in the history of rugby league's development in Victoria."

Victorian premier Steve Bracks announced the master plan for the redevelopment of the Melbourne Olympic Park precinct today.

Waldron said the Storm would set-up its new football and administrative head quarters at the venue.

"We anticipate the new stadium will be state of the art and provide the best possible conditions for rugby league. It will be ready in 2008 and provide fantastic facilities for corporate sponsors and supporters alike," Waldron said.



Waldron said he was confident the Storm would repay the Victorian Government's confidence in the investment.

"The club has shown that from a modest start and limited resources it can achieve a lot on and off the field," he said.

"There is a big audience for league in Melbourne; the year we won the premiership 600,000 Melburnians watched the game on TV and even last year, when we didn't make the grand final, almost 400,000 tuned in."

The final cost of the project was not yet known, but with the stadium, administration building and training facilities, was expected to reach up to $100 million.

Construction is expected to begin after Melbourne's 2006 Commonwealth Games in March.


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Yeah, Melbourne prides itself on being a huge sporting crazy city, they don't seem to support rugby league down there though.
 

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Wezza said:
Yeah, Melbourne prides itself on being a huge sporting crazy city, they don't seem to support rugby league down there though.
We can also differentiate between the good stuff and the bad stuff. ;)
 

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Wezza said:
Yeah, Melbourne prides itself on being a huge sporting crazy city, they don't seem to support rugby league down there though.
Mainly from (if i'm correct) there is almost no Rugby League clubs that i know of (Junior or Ameteur) than the storm down here.
 

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Agabook said:
Mainly from (if i'm correct) there is almost no Rugby League clubs that i know of (Junior or Ameteur) than the storm down here.
It's still pretty poor, Melbourne Storm are a pretty good football club and they deserve better crowds.
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We can also differentiate between the good stuff and the bad stuff. ;)
Each to their own!! :) I like AFL as well, but in my opinion, rugby league is a much better game to watch. :runaway:
 

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Wezza said:
It's still pretty poor, Melbourne Storm are a pretty good football club and they deserve better crowds.

Each to their own!! :) I like AFL as well, but in my opinion, rugby league is a much better game to watch. :runaway:
Yeah,the storm are a great team.when i get the chance (when i'm not busy) i am probably going to see a home match.i do get to see them on Foxtel though,but it's nothing like going to a Game yourself.
 
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