$40m upgrade for Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium

Event organisers can expect a new function space, upgraded technology and sustainability measures.

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.

Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium
Artist’s impression of the upgraded stadium seating

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.

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