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Stadium plan for Olympic Park
Herald Sun

5 Nov 2004

A NEW stadium may be built at Olympic Park at a cost of $100 million under a plan being considered by the State Government.

Contributions would be sought from tenants, including NRL club Melbourne Storm, new national soccer league team Melbourne Victory and possibly a new rugby union team.
Melbourne will find out on December 10 if its bid for the fourth Australian licence in an expanded Super 12 rugby competition is successful.

The Super 14 competition, including five teams each from New Zealand and South Africa, will start in 2006. A spokesman for Sports Minister Justin Madden said the Government was examining a proposal for a 25,000-seat development.
 

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LOL @ Melbourne Victory.

Cant scratch 5 cents together to play in this mickey mouse A-League competition, let alont to contribute to the construction of Olympic Park.
 

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Would be better to pull it down and return to parkland rather than waste $100 million of taxpayers money on a white elephant.
 

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We need an Athletics track and this is a perfect site for a new aths stadium which can also be used for soccer, rugby and the like.
 

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parkland :nono:

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Olympic Park Melbourne, upgraded for the 1956 Olympic Games, is still the premier athletics venue in Victoria, and recently became home to the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Football Club. The ground has also been the primary soccer venue and is the only soccer pitch in Australia to be recognised by FIFA, the international controlling body for soccer.
Bligh Voller Nield Sport in a former joint venture were involved in preparing a masterplan for this venue in the historic sporting precinct of Melbourne.
The brief was to upgrade the stadium to improve spectator amenity, circulation and corporate facilities. The staged proposal included the construction of a new 15,000 seat grandstand to the east with 5,000 - 8,000 ‘hire’ seats split between north and south ends.
The redevelopment of the west stand to around 15,000 seats would bring the capacity to a total of 35,000 - 38,000 seats. The redevelopment is awaiting funding.
 

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I think its a good idea. Rip it all out and have a first class 25'000 seater. Realistically speaking that is more capacity than is likely to be filled on a regular basis by the the Storm, new soccer club or potential Super 14 team. It also allows the retention of the current athletics track... Think along the lines of Canberra Stadium, small capacity of about 25'000 as well, but has great facilities and looks fantastic when full. Better than another half full or less 35'000-40'000 seater....

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Ahh optud oval, a great place, i wonder, seeming the ledgends stand is only 5 years old or so, and it is quite good.
 

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whats going to happen to optus oval ?
I think it will still be a venue for VFL matches, and will remain the training base for Carlton FC. Really it was just not drawing crowds for AFL anymore, whilst the Dome falls more into favour (or maybe it was just Carlton's form :lol: ).

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Crunch time for Olympic Park
Herald Sun
Michelle Pountney
19 November 2004

OLYMPIC Park is poised for a multi-million-dollar redevelopment if a bid to win a fourth Australian licence in an expanded Super 12 rugby union competition is successful.

The State Government and Victorian Rugby Union officials are expected to announce redevelopment plans today.

This month a spokesman for Sports Minister Justin Madden said the Government was examining a proposal for a 25,000-seat development.

A new stadium costing $100 million was one plan being considered by the State Government.

Melbourne and Perth are bidding for the licence for a fourth Australian team in an expanded 2006 Super 14 competition. Victorian Rugby Union officials will hand their submission documents to the Australian Rugby Union before the 5pm deadline today.

Melbourne will find out on December 10 if the bid is successful.

Contributions toward the building would be sought from tenants including NRL club Melbourne Storm, new national soccer league team Melbourne Victory and possibly the new rugby union team.

The Victorian Government has supported the VRU's push for a licence to field a local team in the 2006 Super 14.

A State Government spokesman last night would neither confirm nor deny any impending announcement.

The West Australian Government has promised $25 million to rebuild the former Perth Oval if the ARU makes a favourable decision.

Melbourne Storm is eager to have its Olympic Park home upgraded to seat 25,000-30,000.

The Super 14 competition, including five teams each from New Zealand and South Africa, will start in 2006.

The ARU said an expanded Super 14 competition would deliver an extra 26 matches each season -- up to 10 extra a year in Australia -- with each of the four Australian sides having as many as seven home games.

Storm plays about 12 home games.
 

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"Melbourne Storm is eager to have its Olympic Park home upgraded to seat 25,000-30,000."

And have about 20,000 of them empty lol.Remember what happened when the Storm played at Telstra dome - it was a disaster and they couldnt slink back to OP quick enough.
As I have said before a complete waste of taxpayers money on sports that have no future or public interest in Melbourne.
 

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Melbourne being the sporting capital of Australia needs a good sized Soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Athletics Stadium. At the moment, we have the Tesltra Dome, which is ok, but not an Athletics Stadium and at the moment, a little too big for Rugby Union and Rugby League. But you never know what might happen in 10 or so years time!
 

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No Interest and No Future???

To Barneybuck what SPORTS do you mean when you quote
no interest and no future in Melbourne??? Sounds like
the only sports you like are the traditional Cricket
and Aussie Rules Football. Whats the future in a game
like say Aussie Rules which no other country in the
world plays. Hmmmm must be a great carreer path
to play against top opposition.

When people start realising the amount of money that
can be made playing other sports. I.E Football (Soccer),
Rugby, Tennis, Basketball etc in other countries i cant
see much of a rosey future in the LONG TERM for Aussie Rules....
Its just a fact of todays society, people are becoming
greedier so speaking from an economic sense. You may
be shocked in 20-30 years of the progress of sports
you currently think have no interest and no future in
Melbourne....

You probably dont even watch sports you probably only
go to the Cricket etc to have a few beers.
 

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Geez, take it easy mate. He was just pointing out that in Melbourne there is comparitively little interest in Rugby (at least league) as compared to the other codes that are more popular. Chill pill time I think.

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Barney is right, there is no interest in domestic sport in Melbourne, unless it's aussie rules. It's a sporting mono culture with no right to claim the 'sport capital' title. The only mainland capital not to have a world class rectangular sport facility is Melbourne.



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The only mainland capital not to have a world class rectangular sport facility is Melbourne.
The dome can be converted into a semi-rectangular stadium when the lower decks are moved in. Telsta dome is world class but is it world class in its near rectangular configuration?

Never mind they never move the decks now as it costs too much. :)
 

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The dome can be converted into a semi-rectangular stadium when the lower decks are moved in. Telsta dome is world class but is it world class in its near rectangular configuration?

Never mind they never move the decks now as it costs too much. :)
From what i've heard, the reason why the decks are no longer moved is because the tracks/levers have rusted.
 

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sirbugalugs said:
The dome can be converted into a semi-rectangular stadium when the lower decks are moved in. Telsta dome is world class but is it world class in its near rectangular configuration?

Never mind they never move the decks now as it costs too much. :)
Suncorp Stadium is pretty nice
 

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Just a personal opinion but soccer should be played by armless guys and rugby by very solid no necks ( I don't mean that in a derogotory way? ) where as Aussie Rules is for fit athletics various body types.........running, kicking. marking...........am I biased or just blessed to have been born in Melbourne, Australia...........Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart...........plus all the inbetween bits are fantastic but our footy is just the best and as for a sporting capital.........name me one place.........anywhere in the whole world that has more varieties of sport than this city. One of the 5 grand slam tennis tournaments, Formula 1 grand Prix, for cars and bikes........The Melbourne cup does stop the nation........I have been elsewhere and seen it with some surprise. OK Aussie Rules started in Melbourne but is now a growing national code.........this years Grand Final was between two interstate sides. There are more boats out on Port Phillip Bay any weekend than on Sydney Harbour........except mayby during the bicenntenary or New Years Eve........The Harbour is beautiful. We have had an Olympics........the first ever in the southern hemisphere.........we are getting ready for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Plus !!!! there are many other sports going on I haven't mentioned. So why not build this Olympic park complex to reinforce our already incredible array of sporting stadia.
 
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