The Victorian Government has announced it will fully fund the final stage of redevelopment for Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium at Kardinia Park.
The $40 million funding boost adds to the $102 million the state government had previously committed to the sporting and event venue’s transformation.
The project will involve the construction of a 14,000 capacity, two-tier northern stand to replace the ageing Ford Stand and Ablett Terrace, increasing the stadium’s capacity to more than 40,000 people.
A new northern entry plaza, sports museum, function room and a suite of technology upgrades will also be included, plus a new administration area for stadium and event staff and dedicated sustainability measures.
Home to the Geelong Cricket Club and Geelong Football Club, GMHBA Stadium also plays host to a range of corporate events each year across its 30 corporate suites and function spaces.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said Kardinia Park is a much-loved part of Geelong and Victoria.
“With new and improved facilities and a bigger capacity, the stadium will continue to attract A-grade sport and entertainment to Geelong and ensure that the city’s name is known around the globe,” he said.
Work is expected to begin in the new year.