Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Geelong looks forward to May return to Simonds Stadium

Geelong looks forward to May return to Simonds Stadium
December 30, 2016

Inspite of some delays caused by industrial action, Geelong FC are looking forward to the completion of the latest phase of the redevelopment of Simonds Stadium with contruction moving forward on the venue's new Charles Brownlow Stand.

The new grandstand, which replaces the former Brownlow and Jennings stands, is being built at a cost $91 million as the fourth stage of the redevelopment of the famous venue.

Scheduled to open on 19th May with the Round 9 AFL Premiership between the Cats and the Western Bulldogs, the new stand will increase the stadium’s capacity to approximately 36,500.

With demolition works having commenced after the 2015 football season, the new grandstand will feature one of the best training facilities within the AFL, a 600 seat function room, a cafe and double-storey merchandise store, rehabilitation centre and impressive facilities for supporters, media, corporates and social club members.

Commenting on the naming of the new grandstand earlier this year, Cats President Colin Carter advised that its naming acknowledged the contribution of Brownlow to the club, the city and the game, stating “Charles Brownlow is arguably the best known name in football history.

“The AFL competition, of course, remembers Brownlow as an administrator, but he was also a player for the Geelong Football Club around 130 years ago - in that era that has been forgotten by the AFL.

“His name is not only the most famous name in the AFL’s history but he is also a link to our club’s own early history as the second oldest professional football club in the world that is still in existence.”

Funding for the stage four works was negotiated by Melbourne-based consultancy Waypoint, which developed a partnership with contributions from the Victorian Government, City of Greater Geelong, AFL and the Cats.

Waypoint Managing Director Chris Dare stated “it’s very exciting to see the new Brownlow Stand finally starting to take shape.

“It’s a significant milestone for all involved, with our team having now spent over three years working on the project after developing the initial business case and now representing the Cats in the role of project director.”

Commenting on the impact of the redevelopment will have on the fans and broader community, Dare explained “the stadium has become an iconic venue over its four stages of redevelopment, and will mean the local community will no longer have to travel to Melbourne to see major sporting and cultural events.”

Waypoint’s involvement in the redevelopment spans all four stages since 2000, and will continue for the foreseeable future with the company being appointed to develop the business case and funding strategy for the final stage of the stadium’s transformation, which is hoped to be completed by 2020.

Construction of the new grandstand is being undertaken by Kane Constructions.

Images: Artist’s impression of the new entry to the Charles Brownlow Stand at Simonds Stadium (top) and the recent installation of the first roof bay on the new grandstand (below – courtesy of Waypoint).

30th March 2016 - KARDINIA PARK STADIUM TRUST UNVEILED

6th October 2015 - UPGRADE BEGINS AT SIMONDS STADIUM

28th July 2015 - AFL BACKS FUNDING FOR SIMONDS STADIUM REDEVELOPMENT

12th February 2015 - STEVE BRACKS TO HEAD NEW KARDINIA PARK TRUST

2nd May 2012 - GEELONG COMMENCES STAND DEVELOPMENT AT SIMONDS STADIUM 

8th March 2012 - WAYPOINT TO ASSIST HAWTHORN FC AT WAVERLEY PARK

7th December 2011 - CATS UNVEIL ELITE TRAINING VENUE


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

IP HUB

Talk To Us For Independent Advice & Specialised Services We're business people, not sales reps IP HUB is one of Australia’s leading advisors on telecoms for both small businesses and…

read more

Marketing / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business